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A AmericanaMaguey Mag"uey, n. [Sp. maguey, Mexican maguei and metl.]
The century plant, a species of Agave (A. Americana). See
Agave. A AmericanaWidgeon Widg"eon, n. [Probably from an old French form of F.
vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio,
-onis, a kind of small crane.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially
those belonging to the subgenus Mareca, of the genus
Anas. The common European widgeon (Anas penelope) and the
American widgeon (A. Americana) are the most important
species. The latter is called also baldhead, baldpate,
baldface, baldcrown, smoking duck, wheat, duck, and
Bald-faced, or Green-headed, widgeon, the American
Black widgeon, the European tufted duck.
(a) The gadwall.
(b) The pintail duck.
Great headed widgeon, the poachard.
(a) The poachard.
(b) The goosander.
Saw-billed widgeon, the merganser.
Sea widgeon. See in the Vocabulary.
Spear widgeon, the goosander. [Prov. Eng.]
Spoonbilled widgeon, the shoveler.
White widgeon, the smew.
Wood widgeon, the wood duck. A AmericanaAgave A*ga"ve, n. [L. Agave, prop. name, fr. Gr. ?, fem. of ?
illustrious, noble.] (bot.)
A genus of plants (order Amaryllidace[ae]) of which the
chief species is the maguey or century plant (A.
Americana), wrongly called Aloe. It is from ten to seventy
years, according to climate, in attaining maturity, when it
produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in
height, and perishes. The fermented juice is the pulque of
the Mexicans; distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread
and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has
many uses. Agave AmericanaSisal grass Si*sal" grass`, Sisal hemp Si*sal" hemp`,
The prepared fiber of the Agave Americana, or American
aloe, used for cordage; -- so called from Sisal, a port in
Yucatan. See Sisal hemp, under Hemp. Agave AmericanaPita Pi"ta, n. [Sp.] (Bot.)
(a) A fiber obtained from the Agave Americana and other
related species, -- used for making cordage and paper.
Called also pita fiber, and pita thread.
(b) The plant which yields the fiber. Agave AmericanaCentury Cen"tu*ry, n.; pl. Centuries. [L. centuria (in
senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See
1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a
hundred things. [Archaic.]
And on it said a century of prayers. --Shak.
2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place
over two centuries ago.
Note: Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used
in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive
years (as, a century of temperance work), usually
signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting
of a period of one hundred years ending with the
hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first
century (a. d. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh
century (a.d. 601-700); the eighteenth century
(a.d. 1701-1800). With words or phrases connecting
it with some other system of chronology it is used of
similar division of those eras; as, the first century
of Rome (A.U.C. 1-100).
3. (Rom. Antiq.)
(a) A division of the Roman people formed according to
their property, for the purpose of voting for civil
(b) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army
was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.
Century plant (Bot.), the Agave Americana, formerly
supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the
name. See Agave.
The Magdeburg Centuries, an ecclesiastical history of the
first thirteen centuries, arranged in thirteen volumes,
compiled in the 16th century by Protestant scholars at
Magdeburg. Anas AmericanaBaldpate Bald"pate`, n.
1. A baldheaded person. --Shak.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The American widgeon (Anas Americana). Antilocapra AmericanaAntelope An"te*lope, n. [OF. antelop, F. antilope, fro Gr. ?,
?, Eustathius, ``Hexa["e]m.,' p. 36, the origin of which is
One of a group of ruminant quadrupeds, intermediate between
the deer and the goat. The horns are usually annulated, or
ringed. There are many species in Africa and Asia.
The antelope and wolf both fierce and fell. --Spenser.
Note: The common or bezoar antelope of India is Antilope
bezoartica. The chamois of the Alps, the gazelle, the
addax, and the eland are other species. See Gazelle.
The pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra Americana) is
found in the Rocky Mountains. See Pronghorn. C AmericanaHornbeam Horn"beam`, n. [See Beam.] (Bot.)
A tree of the genus Carpinus (C. Americana), having a
smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and
very hard. It is common along the banks of streams in the
United States, and is also called ironwood. The English
hornbeam is C. Betulus. The American is called also blue
beech and water beech.
Hop hornbeam. (Bot.) See under Hop. Cimbex AmericanaElm Elm, n. [AS. elm; akin to D. olm, OHG. elm, G. ulme, Icel.
almr, Dan. & Sw. alm, L. ulmus, and E. alder. Cf. Old.]
A tree of the genus Ulmus, of several species, much used as
a shade tree, particularly in America. The English elm is
Ulmus campestris; the common American or white elm is U.
Americana; the slippery or red elm, U. fulva.
Elm beetle (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of beetles
(esp. Galeruca calmariensis), which feed on the leaves
of the elm.
Elm borer (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of beetles of
which the larv[ae] bore into the wood or under the bark of
the elm (esp. Saperda tridentata).
Elm butterfly (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of
butterflies, which, in the caterpillar state, feed on the
leaves of the elm (esp. Vanessa antiopa and Grapta
comma). See Comma butterfly, under Comma.
Elm moth (Zo["o]l.), one of numerous species of moths of
which the larv[ae] destroy the leaves of the elm (esp.
Eugonia subsignaria, called elm spanworm).
Elm sawfly (Zo["o]l.), a large sawfly (Cimbex Americana).
The larva, which is white with a black dorsal stripe,
feeds on the leaves of the elm. Clisiocampa AmericanaTent Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere,
tentum, to stretch. See Tend to move, and cf. Tent a roll
1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas,
or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, --
used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially
soldiers in camp.
Within his tent, large as is a barn. --Chaucer.
2. (Her.) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
Tent bed, a high-post bedstead curtained with a tentlike
Tent caterpillar (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large
silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of
the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most
common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth
(Clisiocampa Americana). Called also lackery
caterpillar, and webworm. Conopholis AmericanaSquawroot Squaw"root`, n. (Bot.)
A scaly parasitic plant (Conopholis Americana) found in oak
woods in the United States; -- called also cancer root. Crus AmericanaWhooping Whoop"ing,
a. & n. from Whoop, v. t.
Whooping cough (Med.), a violent, convulsive cough,
returning at longer or shorter intervals, and consisting
of several expirations, followed by a sonorous
inspiration, or whoop; chin cough; hooping cough.
Whooping crane (Zo["o]l.), a North American crane (Crus
Americana) noted for the loud, whooplike note which it
utters. Dianthera AmericanaWater willow Wa"ter wil`low (Bot.)
An American aquatic plant (Dianthera Americana) with long
willowlike leaves, and spikes of small purplish flowers. Epiphegus AmericanaBeech Beech, n.; pl. Beeches. [OE. beche, AS. b?ce; akin to
D. beuk, OHG. buocha, G. buche, Icel. beyki, Dan. b["o]g, Sw.
bok, Russ. buk, L. fagus, Gr. ? oak, ? to eat, Skr. bhaksh;
the tree being named originally from the esculent fruit. See
Book, and cf. 7th Buck, Buckwheat.] (Bot.)
A tree of the genus Fagus.
Note: It grows to a large size, having a smooth bark and
thick foliage, and bears an edible triangular nut, of
which swine are fond. The Fagus sylvatica is the
European species, and the F. ferruginea that of
Beech drops (Bot.), a parasitic plant which grows on the
roots of beeches (Epiphegus Americana).
Beech marten (Zo["o]l.), the stone marten of Europe
Beech mast, the nuts of the beech, esp. as they lie under
the trees, in autumn.
Beech oil, oil expressed from the mast or nuts of the beech
Cooper beech, a variety of the European beech with
copper-colored, shining leaves. F AmericanaAsh Ash ([a^]sh), n. [OE. asch, esh, AS. [ae]sc; akin to OHG.
asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of trees of the Olive family, having
opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing
valuable timber, as the European ash (Fraxinus
excelsior) and the white ash (F. Americana).
Prickly ash (Zanthoxylum Americanum) and Poison ash
(Rhus venenata) are shrubs of different families,
somewhat resembling the true ashes in their foliage.
Mountain ash. See Roman tree, and under Mountain.
2. The tough, elastic wood of the ash tree.
Note: Ash is used adjectively, or as the first part of a
compound term; as, ash bud, ash wood, ash tree, etc. F AmericanaFraxinus Frax"i*nus, n. [L., the ash tree.] (Bot.)
A genus of deciduous forest trees, found in the north
temperate zone, and including the true ash trees.
Note: Fraxinus excelsior is the European ash; F.
Americana, the white ash; F. sambucifolia, the black
ash or water ash. F AmericanaCoot Coot (k[=oo]t), n. [Cf. D. koet, W. cwtair; cwta short,
bodtailed + iar hen; cf. cwtau to dock. Cf. Cut.]
(a) A wading bird with lobate toes, of the genus Fulica.
The common European or bald coot is F. atra (see
under bald); the American is F. Americana.
(b) The surf duck or scoter. In the United States all the
species of ([OE]demia are called coots. See
Scoter. ``As simple as a coot.' --Halliwell.
2. A stupid fellow; a simpleton; as, a silly coot. [Colloq.] Fulica AmericanaMud Mud, n. [Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder mold, OSw.
modd mud, Sw. modder mother, Dan. mudder mud. Cf. Mother a
scum on liquors.]
Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.
Mud bass (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water fish (Acantharchum
pomotis) of the Eastern United States. It produces a deep
Mud bath, an immersion of the body, or some part of it, in
mud charged with medicinal agents, as a remedy for
Mud boat, a large flatboat used in deredging.
Mud cat. See Catfish.
Mud crab (Zo["o]l.), any one of several American marine
crabs of the genus Panopeus.
Mud dab (Zo["o]l.), the winter flounder. See Flounder,
Mud dauber (Zo["o]l.), a mud wasp.
Mud devil (Zo["o]l.), the fellbender.
Mud drum (Steam Boilers), a drum beneath a boiler, into
which sediment and mud in the water can settle for
Mud eel (Zo["o]l.), a long, slender, aquatic amphibian
(Siren lacertina), found in the Southern United States.
It has persistent external gills and only the anterior
pair of legs. See Siren.
Mud frog (Zo["o]l.), a European frog (Pelobates fuscus).
Mud hen. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The American coot (Fulica Americana).
(b) The clapper rail.
Mud lark, a person who cleans sewers, or delves in mud.
Mud minnow (Zo["o]l.), any small American fresh-water fish
of the genus Umbra, as U. limi. The genus is allied to
Mud plug, a plug for stopping the mudhole of a boiler.
Mud puppy (Zo["o]l.), the menobranchus.
Mud scow, a heavy scow, used in dredging; a mud boat.
Mud turtle, Mud tortoise (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of fresh-water tortoises of the United States.
Mud wasp (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
hymenopterous insects belonging to Pep[ae]us, and allied
genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached,
side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings,
etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with
spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve
as food for the larva. Called also mud dauber. G AmericanaCrane Crane (kr[=a]n), n. [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan,
G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge`ranos, L. grus,
W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel.
trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. Geranium.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied
genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill,
and long legs and neck.
Note: The common European crane is Grus cinerea. The
sand-hill crane (G. Mexicana) and the whooping crane
(G. Americana) are large American species. The
Balearic or crowned crane is Balearica pavonina. The
name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons and
2. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and,
while holding them suspended, transporting them through a
limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a
projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post
or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so
called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the
neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
3. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side
or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over
4. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
5. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support
spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
Crane fly (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of
the genus Tipula.
Derrick crane. See Derrick.
Gigantic crane. (Zo["o]l.) See Adjutant, n., 3.
Traveling crane, Traveler crane, Traversing crane
(Mach.), a crane mounted on wheels; esp., an overhead
crane consisting of a crab or other hoisting apparatus
traveling on rails or beams fixed overhead, as in a
machine shop or foundry.
Water crane, a kind of hydrant with a long swinging spout,
for filling locomotive tenders, water carts, etc., with
water. Gastropacha AmericanaLappet Lap"pet, n. [Dim. of lap a fold.]
A small decorative fold or flap, esp, of lace or muslin, in a
garment or headdress. --Swift.
Lappet moth (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of bombycid
moths, which have stout, hairy caterpillars, flat beneath.
Two common American species (Gastropacha Americana, and
Tolype velleda) feed upon the apple tree. Genipa AmericanaGenipap Gen"i*pap, n. (Bot.)
The edible fruit of a West Indian tree (Genipa Americana)
of the order Rubiace[ae]. It is oval in shape, as a large
as a small orange, of a pale greenish color, and with dark
purple juice. Heuchera AmericanaAlum root Al"um root` (Bot.)
A North American herb (Heuchera Americana) of the Saxifrage
family, whose root has astringent properties. L AmericanaLarch Larch, n. [Cf. OE. larege (Cotgrave), It. larice, Sp.
larice, alerce, G. l["a]rche; all fr. L. larix, -icis, Gr.
A genus of coniferous trees, having deciduous leaves, in
fascicles (see Illust. of Fascicle).
Note: The European larch is Larix Europ[ae]a. The American
or black larch is L. Americana, the hackmatack or
tamarack. The trees are generally of a drooping,
graceful appearance. Larix AmericanaHackmatack Hack"ma*tack`, n. [Of American Indian origin.]
The American larch (Larix Americana), a coniferous tree
with slender deciduous leaves; also, its heavy, close-grained
timber. Called also tamarack. M AmericanaMammee Mam*mee", n. [Haytian mamey.] (Bot.)
A fruit tree of tropical America, belonging to the genus
Mammea (M. Americana); also, its fruit. The latter is
large, covered with a thick, tough ring, and contains a
bright yellow pulp of a pleasant taste and fragrant scent. It
is often called mammee apple. M AmericanaMarten Mar"ten, n. [From older martern, marter, martre, F.
martre, marte, LL. martures (pl.), fr. L. martes; akin to AS.
mear?, meard, G. marder, OHG. mardar, Icel. m["o]r?r. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of
the genus Mustela, closely allied to the sable. Among
the more important species are the European beech, or
stone, marten (Mustela foina); the pine marten (M.
martes); and the American marten, or sable (M.
Americana), which some zo["o]logists consider only a
variety of the Russian sable.
2. The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc. O AmericanaScoter Sco"ter, n. [Cf. Prov. E. scote to plow up.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus
Note: The European scoters are Oidemia nigra, called also
black duck, black diver, surf duck; and the
velvet, or double, scoter (O. fusca). The common
American species are the velvet, or white-winged,
scoter (O. Deglandi), called also velvet duck,
white-wing, bull coot, white-winged coot; the
black scoter (O. Americana), called also black
coot, butterbill, coppernose; and the surf scoter,
or surf duck (O. perspicillata), called also
baldpate, skunkhead, horsehead, patchhead,
pishaug, and spectacled coot. These birds are
collectively called also coots. The females and young
are called gray coots, and brown coots.
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