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  • Apocalyptist

    Apocalyptic A*poc`a*lyp"tic ([.a]*p[o^]k`[.a]*l[i^]p"t[i^]k), Apocalyptist A*poc`a*lyp"tist, n. The writer of the Apocalypse.

  • Himantopus Mexicanus

    Stilt Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm. Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked. --Landor. 2. A crutch; also, the handle of a plow. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. 3. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds belonging to Himantopus and allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also longshanks, stiltbird, stilt plover, and lawyer. Note: The American species (Himantopus Mexicanus) is well known. The European and Asiatic stilt (H. candidus) is usually white, except the wings and interscapulars, which are greenish black. The white-headed stilt (H. leucocephalus) and the banded stilt (Cladorhynchus pectoralis) are found in Australia. Stilt plover (Zo["o]l.), the stilt. Stilt sandpiper (Zo["o]l.), an American sandpiper (Micropalama himantopus) having long legs. The bill is somewhat expanded at the tip.

  • zeppelins

    Zeppelin ep`pe*lin" (ts[e^]p`p[~e]*l[=e]"; Angl. z[e^]p"p[-e]*l[i^]n), n. A dirigible balloon of the rigid type, consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells, and provided with means of propulsion and control. It was first successfully used by Ferdinand Count von Zeppelin.

  • Snappishly

    Snappish Snap"pish, a. 1. Apt to snap at persons or things; eager to bite; as, a snapping cur. 2. Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or testily; easily provoked; tart; peevish. The taunting address of a snappish misanthrope. --Jeffrey. -- Snap"pish*ly, adv. -- Snap"pish*ness, n.

  • Spiranthy

    Spiranthy Spi*ran"thy, n. [Gr. ??? a coil + ??? flower.] (Bot.) The occasional twisted growth of the parts of a flower.

  • whippings

    Whipping Whip"ping, a & n. from Whip, v. Whipping post, a post to which offenders are tied, to be legally whipped.

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