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Silverspot
1: butterfly with silver spots
on the underside of the hind
wings

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A
1: the blood group whose red cells carry the A antigen [syn: {type A}, {group A}] 2: a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron); used to specify wavelengths of el...
A battery
1: battery used to heat the filaments of a vacuum tube
a billion
1: denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain [syn: {billion}] 2: denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States ...
a bit
1: to a small degree; somewhat; "it's a bit warm"; "felt a little better"; "a trifle smaller" [syn: {a little}, {a trifle}]
a bit much
1: being excessive or unreasonable; "the clothes she wears are a bit much"; "in retrospect the elaborate preparations seemed de trop"; "this is entirely too much!" [syn: {a bit much(p)}, {de trop}, {t...
a capella singing
1: singing without instrumental accompaniment [syn: {a cappella singing}]
a cappella singing
1: singing without instrumental accompaniment [syn: {a capella singing}]
a couple of
1: more than one but indefinitely small in number; "a few roses"; "a couple of roses" [syn: {a few(a)}, {a couple of(a)}]
a few
1: more than one but indefinitely small in number; "a few roses"; "a couple of roses" [syn: {a few(a)}, {a couple of(a)}]
a fortiori
1: for a still stronger, more certain reason; "if you are wrong then, a foritori, so am I" [syn: {with greater reason}, {with more reason}]
a good deal
1: to a very great degree or extent; "we enjoyed ourselves very much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a great deal" [syn: {a lot}, {a great deal}, {much}, {very much}]
a great deal
1: to a very great degree or extent; "we enjoyed ourselves very much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a great deal" [syn: {a lot}, {a good deal}, {much}, {very much}] 2: frequently o...
A horizon
1: the top layer of a soil profile; usually contains humus [syn: {A-horizon}]
a hundred
1: being ten more than ninety [syn: {hundred}, {one hundred}, {100}, {c}]
a hundred and one
1: being one more than one hundred [syn: {hundred and one}, {one hundred one}, {101}, {ci}]
a hundred thousand
1: (in Roman numerals, C written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 100,000 items or units [syn: {hundred thousand}]
a hundred times
1: by a factor of one hundred; "they money increased a hundredfold" [syn: {hundredfold}]
a Kempis
1: German ecclesiastic (1380-1471) [syn: {Thomas a Kempis}]
a la carte
1: (of a restaurant meal) having unlimited choices with a separate price for each item [ant: {table d'hote}] n : a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices adv : by ordering items lis...
a la mode
1: in the current fashion or style [syn: {a la mode(p)}, {in style(p)}, {in vogue(p)}, {modish}] adv : with ice cream on top or on the side; "we served the apple pie a la mode"
A level
1: the advanced level of a subject taken in school (usually two years after O level)
a little
1: to a small degree; somewhat; "it's a bit warm"; "felt a little better"; "a trifle smaller" [syn: {a bit}, {a trifle}]
a lot
1: to a very great degree or extent; "we enjoyed ourselves very much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a great deal" [syn: {a good deal}, {a great deal}, {much}, {very much}]
a million
1: (in Roman numerals, M written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000,000 items or units [syn: {million}]
a million times
1: by a factor of a million; "it increased a millionfold" [syn: {millionfold}]
a people
1: the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" [syn: {nation}, {land}, {country...
a posteriori
1: involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes; "a posteriori demonstration" [ant: {a priori}] 2: requiring evidence for validation or support adv : d...
a priori
1: involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact; "an a priori judgment" [ant: {a posteriori}] 2: based on hypothesis or theory rather than experi...
a thousand
1: denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {m}, {k}]
a trifle
1: to a small degree; somewhat; "it's a bit warm"; "felt a little better"; "a trifle smaller" [syn: {a bit}, {a little}]
a trillion
1: one quintillion in Great Britain [syn: {trillion}] 2: one million million in the United States [syn: {trillion}]
a zillion
1: very large indeterminate number; "a zillion people were there" [syn: {zillion}]
A'man
1: the Israeli military intelligence which produces comprehensive national intelligence briefings for the prime minister and the cabinet
A-bomb
1: a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239) [syn: {atom bomb}, {atomic bomb}, {fission bomb}...
A-horizon
1: the top layer of a soil profile; usually contains humus [syn: {A horizon}]
A-list
1: a list of names of specially favored people; "the boss gave me his A-list of people we should try to recruit"
a-ok
1: in perfect condition or order [syn: {a-ok(p)}, {a-okay(p)}]
a-okay
1: in perfect condition or order [syn: {a-ok(p)}, {a-okay(p)}]
A-one
1: of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops" [syn: {ace},...
A-team
1: a group of elite soldiers or a leadership group of advisors or workers in an organization
A. A. Michelson
1: United States physicist (born in Germany) who collaborated with Morley in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1852-1931) [syn: {Michelson}, {Albert Michelson}, {Albert Abraham Michelson}]
A. A. Milne
1: English writer of stories for children (1882-1956) [syn: {Milne}, {Alan Alexander Milne}]
A. Conan Doyle
1: English author who created Sherlock Holmes (1859-1930) [syn: {Conan Doyle}, {Arthur Conan Doyle}, {Sir Arthur Conan Doyle}]
A. E. Burnside
1: United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881) [syn: {Burnside}, {Ambrose Everett Burnside}]
A. E. Housman
1: English poet (1859-1936) [syn: {Housman}, {Alfred Edward Housman}]
A. E. Kennelly
1: United States electrical engineer noted for his work on the theory of alternating currents; independently of Oliver Heaviside he discovered the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio...
A. E. W. Mason
1: English writer (1865-1948) [syn: {Mason}, {Alfred Edward Woodley Mason}]
A. Noam Chomsky
1: United States linguist whose theory of generative grammar redefined the field of linguistics (born 1928) [syn: {Chomsky}, {Noam Chomsky}]
A. testudineus
1: a small perch of India whose gills are modified to allow it to breathe air; has spiny pectoral fins that enable it to travel on land [syn: {climbing perch}, {Anabas testudineus}]
A.D.
1: in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born; "in AD 200" [syn: {AD}, {anno Domini}]
A.E.
1: Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935) [syn: {Russell}, {George William Russell}]
a.k.a.
1: as known or named at another time or place; "Mr. Smith, alias Mr. Lafayette" [syn: {alias}, {also known as}]
a.m.
1: before noon [syn: {ante meridiem}] adv : before noon; "let's meet at 11 A.M." [syn: {ante meridiem}]
aa
1: a dry form of lava resembling clinkers 2: an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism [syn: {Alcoholics Anonymous}] 3: an associate degree ...
AAA
1: an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta associated with old age and hypertension [syn: {abdominal aortic aneurysm}]
Aachen
1: a city in western Germany near the Dutch and Belgian borders; formerly it was Charlemagne's northern capital [syn: {Aken}, {Aix-la-Chapelle}]
Aaland islands
1: an archipelago of some 6,000 islands in the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish control [syn: {Aland islands}, {Ahvenanmaa}]
Aalborg
1: a city and port in northern Jutland [syn: {Alborg}]
aalii
1: a small Hawaiian tree with hard dark wood
Aalost
1: a town in central Belgium [syn: {Alost}]
Aalto
1: Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976) [syn: {Alvar Aalto}, {Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto}]
Aar
1: a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine [syn: {Aare}, {Aare River}]
aardvark
1: nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata [syn: {ant bear}, {anteater}, {Orycteropus afer}]
aardwolf
1: striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects [syn: {Proteles cristata}] [also: {aardwolves} (pl)]
aardwolves
{aardwolf}
Aare
1: a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine [syn: {Aar}, {Aare River}]
Aare River
1: a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine [syn: {Aare}, {Aar}]
Aarhus
1: port city of Denmark in eastern Jutland [syn: {Arhus}]
Aaron
1: United States professional baseball player who hit more home runs than Babe Ruth (born in 1934) [syn: {Henry Louis Aaron}, {Hank Aaron}] 2: (Old Testament) elder brother of Moses and first high pri...
Aaron Burr
1: United States politician who served as Vice President under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836) [syn: {Burr}]
Aaron Copland
1: United States composer who developed a distinctly American music (1900-1990) [syn: {Copland}]
Aaron's rod
1: tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches [syn: {common mullein}, {great mullein}, {flannel mull...
AARP
1: an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens [syn: {Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons}]
AAS
1: an associate degree in applied science [syn: {Associate in Applied Science}]
AB
1: the blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens [syn: {type AB}, {group AB}] 2: a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences [syn: {Bachelor of Arts}, {BA}, {Artium Baccalaurens}] 3: th...
ab initio
1: at the beginning; "at first he didn't notice anything strange" [syn: {initially}, {at first}, {at the start}]
aba
1: a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs 2: a fabric woven from goat and camel hair [syn: {aba cloth}]
aba cloth
1: a fabric woven from goat and camel hair [syn: {aba}]
ABA transit number
1: an identification number consisting of a two-part code assigned to banks and savings associations; the first part shows the location and the second identifies the bank itself [syn: {bank identifica...
abaca
1: a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines [syn: {Manila hemp}, {Manilla hemp}] 2: Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc [...
abaci
{abacus}
aback
1: having the wind against the forward side of the sails; "the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback" 2: by surprise; "taken aback by the caustic remarks"
abactinal
1: (of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated [ant: {actinal}]
abacus
1: a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave 2: a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in g...
Abadan
1: a port city in southwestern Iran
abaft
1: at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane; "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see wha...
abalone
1: any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior [syn: {ear-shell}]
abamp
1: a unit of current equal to 10 amperes [syn: {abampere}]
abampere
1: a unit of current equal to 10 amperes [syn: {abamp}]
abandon
1: the trait of lacking restraint or control; freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon" [syn: {wantonness}, {unconstraint}] 2: a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; "the wildness...
abandoned
1: no longer inhabited; "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse" 2: left desolate or empty; "an abandoned child"; "their deserted wives and children"; "an abandoned shack"; "deserted villages" [syn...
abandoned infant
1: a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown [syn: {foundling}]
abandoned person
1: someone for whom hope has been abandoned
abandoned ship
1: a ship abandoned on the high seas [syn: {derelict}]
abandonment
1: the act of giving something up [syn: {forsaking}, {desertion}] 2: withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless" [s...
abarticulation
1: dislocation of a joint
abase
1: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: {humiliate}, {mortify}, {chagrin}, {humble}]
abasement
1: a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken [syn: {degradation}, {abjection}] 2: depriving one of self-esteem [syn: {humiliation}]
abash
1: cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious [syn: {embarrass}]
abashed
1: feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious; "felt abashed at the extravagant praise"; "chagrined at the poor sales of his book"; "was embarrassed by her child's tantrums" [syn: {chagrined}...
abashment
1: feeling embarrassed due to modesty [syn: {bashfulness}]
abasia
1: inability to walk
abasia trepidans
1: abasia due to trembling of the legs
abasic
1: of or relating to abasia (inability to walk) [syn: {abatic}]
abatable
1: capable of being abated
abatable nuisance
1: a nuisance that can remedied (suppressed or extinguished or rendered harmless); "the continued existence of an abatable nuisance is not authorized under the law"
abate
1: make less active or intense [syn: {slake}, {slack}] 2: become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" [syn: {let up}, {slack off}, {slack}, {die away}]
abatement
1: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn: {suspension}, {respite}, {reprieve}, {hiatus}] 2: the act of abating; "laws enforcing noise abatement"
abatement of a nuisance
1: (law) the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance [syn: {nuisance abatement}]
abatic
1: of or relating to abasia (inability to walk) [syn: {abasic}]
abating
1: decreasing in amount or intensity [syn: {subsiding}]
abatis
1: line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) toward the enemy [syn: {abattis}]
abattis
1: line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) toward the enemy [syn: {abatis}]
abattoir
1: a building where animals are butchered [syn: {butchery}, {shambles}, {slaughterhouse}]
abaxial
1: facing away from the axis of an organ or organism; "the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem" [syn: {dorsal}] [ant: {adaxial}]
abaxially
1: in an abaxial manner [ant: {adaxially}]
abaya
1: (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
ABB
1: an urban hit squad and guerrila group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s [syn: {Alex Boncayao Brigade}, {Revolutionary Proletarian Army}, {RPA-ABB}]
abbacy
1: the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
abbatial
1: of or having to do with or belonging to an abbey or abbot, or abbess
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