Abaca - (n.) The Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See
Manila hemp under Manila.
Abracadabra - (n.) A mystical word or collocation of letters written as
in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever. At
present the word is used chiefly in jest to denote something without
Acacia - (n.) A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine
emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.
Acacias - (pl. ) of Acacia
Acaciae - (pl. ) of Acacia
Acacia - (n.) A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species
are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed
leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species
of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates.
Acacia - (n.) The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; --
called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.
Acacin - (n.) Alt. of Acacine
Acacine - (n.) Gum arabic.
Academe - (n.) An academy.
Academial - (a.) Academic.
Academian - (n.) A member of an academy, university, or college.
Academic - (a.) Alt. of Academical
Academical - (a.) Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the
Academic sect or philosophy.
Academical - (a.) Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of
learning; scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from
Academic - (n.) One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a
Academic - (n.) A member of an academy, college, or university; an
Academically - (adv.) In an academical manner.
Academicals - (n. pl.) The articles of dress prescribed and worn at some
colleges and universities.
Academician - (n.) A member of an academy, or society for promoting
science, art, or literature, as of the French Academy, or the Royal
Academy of arts.
Academician - (n.) A collegian.
Academicism - (n.) A tenet of the Academic philosophy.
Academicism - (n.) A mannerism or mode peculiar to an academy.
Academism - (n.) The doctrines of the Academic philosophy.
Academist - (n.) An Academic philosopher.
Academist - (n.) An academician.
Academies - (pl. ) of Academy
Academy - (n.) A garden or grove near Athens (so named from the hero
Academus), where Plato and his followers held their philosophical
conferences; hence, the school of philosophy of which Plato was head.
Academy - (n.) An institution for the study of higher learning; a college
or a university. Popularly, a school, or seminary of learning, holding
a rank between a college and a common school.
Academy - (n.) A place of training; a school.
Academy - (n.) A society of learned men united for the advancement of the
arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science;
as, the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;
academies of literature and philology.
Academy - (n.) A school or place of training in which some special art is
taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the
Academy of Music.
Acadian - (a.) Of or pertaining to Acadie, or Nova Scotia.
Acadian - (n.) A native of Acadie.
Acajou - (n.) The cashew tree; also, its fruit. See Cashew.
Acajou - (n.) The mahogany tree; also, its timber.
Acalephs - (pl. ) of Acalephan
Acalephans - (pl. ) of Acalephan
Acaleph - (n.) Alt. of Acalephan
Acalephan - (n.) One of the Acalephae.
Acalephae - (n. pl.) A group of Coelenterata, including the Medusae or
jellyfishes, and hydroids; -- so called from the stinging power they
possess. Sometimes called sea nettles.
Acalephoid - (a.) Belonging to or resembling the Acalephae or
Acalycine - (a.) Alt. of Acalysinous
Acalysinous - (a.) Without a calyx, or outer floral envelope.
Acanth - (n.) Same as Acanthus.
Acantha - (n.) A prickle.
Acantha - (n.) A spine or prickly fin.
Acantha - (n.) The vertebral column; the spinous process of a vertebra.
Acanthaceous - (a.) Armed with prickles, as a plant.
Acanthaceous - (a.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the family of
plants of which the acanthus is the type.
Acanthine - (a.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the plant acanthus.
Acanthocarpous - (a.) Having the fruit covered with spines.
Acanthocephala - (n. pl.) A group of intestinal worms, having the
proboscis armed with recurved spines.
Acanthocephalous - (a.) Having a spiny head, as one of the
Acanthophorous - (a.) Spine-bearing.
Acanthopodious - (a.) Having spinous petioles.
Acanthopteri - (n. pl.) A group of teleostean fishes having spiny fins.
Acanthopterous - (a.) Spiny-winged.
Acanthopterous - (a.) Acanthopterygious.
Acanthopterygian - (a.) Belonging to the order of fishes having spinose
fins, as the perch.
Acanthopterygian - (n.) A spiny-finned fish.
Acanthopterygii - (n. pl.) An order of fishes having some of the rays of
the dorsal, ventral, and anal fins unarticulated and spinelike, as the
Acanthopterygious - (a.) Having fins in which the rays are hard and
Acanthuses - (pl. ) of Acanthus
Acanthi - (pl. ) of Acanthus
Acanthus - (n.) A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south
of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech.
Acanthus - (n.) An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the
acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian
and Composite orders.
Acapsular - (a.) Having no capsule.
Acardiac - (a.) Without a heart; as, an acardiac fetus.
Acaridan - (n.) One of a group of arachnids, including the mites and
Acarina - (n. pl.) The group of Arachnida which includes the mites and
ticks. Many species are parasitic, and cause diseases like the itch and
Acarine - (a.) Of or caused by acari or mites; as, acarine diseases.
Acaroid - (a.) Shaped like or resembling a mite.
Acarpellous - (a.) Having no carpels.
Acarpous - (a.) Not producing fruit; unfruitful.
Acari - (pl. ) of Acarus
Acarus - (n.) A genus including many species of small mites.
Acatalectic - (a.) Not defective; complete; as, an acatalectic verse.
Acatalectic - (n.) A verse which has the complete number of feet and
Acatalepsy - (n.) Incomprehensibility of things; the doctrine held by the
ancient Skeptic philosophers, that human knowledge never amounts to
certainty, but only to probability.
Acataleptic - (a.) Incapable of being comprehended; incomprehensible.
Acater - (n.) See Caterer.
Acates - (n. pl.) See Cates.
Acaudate - (a.) Tailless.
Acaulescent - (a.) Having no stem or caulis, or only a very short one
concealed in the ground.
Acauline - (a.) Same as Acaulescent.
Acaulose - (a.) Alt. of Acaulous
Acaulous - (a.) Same as Acaulescent.
Alexipharmacal - (a. & n.) Alexipharmic.
Almacantar - (n.) Same as Almucantar.
Almacantar - (n.) A recently invented instrument for observing the
heavenly bodies as they cross a given almacantar circle. See
Alpaca - (n.) An animal of Peru (Lama paco), having long, fine, wooly
hair, supposed by some to be a domesticated variety of the llama.
Alpaca - (n.) Wool of the alpaca.
Alpaca - (n.) A thin kind of cloth made of the wooly hair of the alpaca,
often mixed with silk or with cotton.
Ammoniacal - (a.) Of or pertaining to ammonia, or possessing its
properties; as, an ammoniac salt; ammoniacal gas.
Anacamptic - (a.) Reflecting of reflected; as, an anacamptic sound (and
Anacamptically - (adv.) By reflection; as, echoes are sound produced
Anacamptics - (n.) The science of reflected light, now called catoptrics.
Anacamptics - (n.) The science of reflected sounds.
Anacanthini - (n. pl.) Alt. of Anacanths