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Chlorine familyChlorine Chlo"rine, n. [Gr. ? pale green, greenish yellow. So
named from its color. See Yellow.] (Chem.)
One of the elementary substances, commonly isolated as a
greenish yellow gas, two and one half times as heavy as air,
of an intensely disagreeable suffocating odor, and
exceedingly poisonous. It is abundant in nature, the most
important compound being common salt. It is powerful
oxidizing, bleaching, and disinfecting agent. Symbol Cl.
Atomic weight, 35.4.
Chlorine family, the elements fluorine, chlorine, bromine,
and iodine, called the halogens, and classed together
from their common peculiarities. Family altarAltar Al"tar, n. [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl.
altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier,
F. autel. Cf. Altitude.]
1. A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of
stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense
burned to a deity.
Noah builded an altar unto the Lord. --Gen. viii.
2. In the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or
other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist;
the communion table.
Note: Altar is much used adjectively, or as the first part of
a compound; as, altar bread or altar-bread.
Altar cloth or
Altar-cloth, the cover for an altar in a Christian church,
usually richly embroidered.
Altar cushion, a cushion laid upon the altar in a Christian
church to support the service book.
Altar frontal. See Frontal.
Altar rail, the railing in front of the altar or communion
Altar screen, a wall or partition built behind an altar to
protect it from approach in the rear.
Altar tomb, a tomb resembling an altar in shape, etc.
Family altar, place of family devotions.
To lead (as a bride) to the altar, to marry; -- said of a
woman. Happy familyHappy Hap"py, a. [Compar. Happier; superl. Happiest.]
[From Hap chance.]
1. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate;
successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, a happy
expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen.
Chymists have been more happy in finding experiments
than the causes of them. --Boyle.
2. Experiencing the effect of favorable fortune; having the
feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of
enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace,
tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous; as, happy hours,
Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. --Ps.
The learned is happy Nature to explore, The fool is
happy that he knows no more. --Pope.
3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in
a in a rejoinder. --Swift.
Happy family, a collection of animals of different and
hostile propensities living peaceably together in one
cage. Used ironically of conventional alliances of persons
who are in fact mutually repugnant.
Happy-go-lucky, trusting to hap or luck; improvident;
easy-going. ``Happy-go-lucky carelessness.' --W. Black. Pear familyPear Pear (p[^a]r), n. [OE. pere, AS. peru, L. pirum: cf. F.
poire. Cf. Perry.] (Bot.)
The fleshy pome, or fruit, of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus
communis), cultivated in many varieties in temperate
climates; also, the tree which bears this fruit. See Pear
(a) (Bot.) A name of two distinct diseases of pear trees,
both causing a destruction of the branches, viz., that
caused by a minute insect (Xyleborus pyri), and that
caused by the freezing of the sap in winter. --A. J.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) A very small beetle (Xyleborus pyri) whose
larv[ae] bore in the twigs of pear trees and cause them
Pear family (Bot.), a suborder of rosaceous plants
(Pome[ae]), characterized by the calyx tube becoming
fleshy in fruit, and, combined with the ovaries, forming a
pome. It includes the apple, pear, quince, service berry,
Pear gauge (Physics), a kind of gauge for measuring the
exhaustion of an air-pump receiver; -- so called because
consisting in part of a pear-shaped glass vessel.
Pear shell (Zo["o]l.), any marine gastropod shell of the
genus Pyrula, native of tropical seas; -- so called from
Pear slug (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a sawfly which is very
injurious to the foliage of the pear tree. Rose family Rose de Pompadour, Rose du Barry, names succesively given
to a delicate rose color used on S[`e]vres porcelain.
Rose diamond, a diamond, one side of which is flat, and the
other cut into twenty-four triangular facets in two ranges
which form a convex face pointed at the top. Cf.
Rose ear. See under Ear.
Rose elder (Bot.), the Guelder-rose.
Rose engine, a machine, or an appendage to a turning lathe,
by which a surface or wood, metal, etc., is engraved with
a variety of curved lines. --Craig.
Rose family (Bot.) the Rosece[ae]. See Rosaceous.
Rose fever (Med.), rose cold.
Rose fly (Zo["o]l.), a rose betle, or rose chafer.
Rose gall (Zo["o]l.), any gall found on rosebushes. See
Rose knot, a ribbon, or other pliade band plaited so as to
resemble a rose; a rosette.
Rose lake, Rose madder, a rich tint prepared from lac and
madder precipitated on an earthy basis. --Fairholt.
Rose mallow. (Bot.)
(a) A name of several malvaceous plants of the genus
Hibiscus, with large rose-colored flowers.
(b) the hollyhock.
Rose nail, a nail with a convex, faceted head.
Rose noble, an ancient English gold coin, stamped with the
figure of a rose, first struck in the reign of Edward
III., and current at 6s. 8d. --Sir W. Scott.
Rose of China. (Bot.) See China rose
(b), under China.
Rose of Jericho (Bot.), a Syrian cruciferous plant
(Anastatica Hierochuntica) which rolls up when dry, and
expands again when moistened; -- called also resurrection
Rose of Sharon (Bot.), an ornamental malvaceous shrub
(Hibiscus Syriacus). In the Bible the name is used for
some flower not yet identified, perhaps a Narcissus, or
possibly the great lotus flower.
Rose oil (Chem.), the yellow essential oil extracted from
various species of rose blossoms, and forming the chief
part of attar of roses.
Rose pink, a pigment of a rose color, made by dyeing chalk
or whiting with a decoction of Brazil wood and alum; also,
the color of the pigment.
Rose quartz (Min.), a variety of quartz which is rose-red.
Rose rash. (Med.) Same as Roseola.
Rose slug (Zo["o]l.), the small green larva of a black
sawfly (Selandria ros[ae]). These larv[ae] feed in
groups on the parenchyma of the leaves of rosebushes, and
are often abundant and very destructive.
Rose window (Arch.), a circular window filled with
ornamental tracery. Called also Catherine wheel, and
marigold window. Cf. wheel window, under Wheel.
Summer rose (Med.), a variety of roseola. See Roseola.
Under the rose [a translation of L. sub rosa], in secret;
privately; in a manner that forbids disclosure; -- the
rose being among the ancients the symbol of secrecy, and
hung up at entertainments as a token that nothing there
said was to be divulged.
Wars of the Roses (Eng. Hist.), feuds between the Houses of
York and Lancaster, the white rose being the badge of the
House of York, and the red rose of the House of Lancaster.
Subfamily Sub*fam"i*ly, n. (Biol.)
One of the subdivisions, of more importance than genus, into
which certain families are divided.
Superfamily Su"per*fam`i*ly, n. (Zo["o]l.)
A group intermediate between a family and a suborder.
Meaning of Family from wikipedia
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society, a family
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Guy is an American animated sitcom created
by Seth MacFarlane
for the Fox Broadcasting
Company. The series centers
on the Griffins, a family
- A royal family
is the immediate family
of a king or queen
regnant, and sometimes
his or her extended family
. The term imperial family appropriately
- The Simpson family consists
of fictional characters featured
in the animated television series
The Simpsons. The Simpsons
are a nuclear family
- This is the British
tree, from James
VI & I (whose accession united
and Scotland) to the present
- The Solo family
is a fictional family
in the Star Wars franchise, whose
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- The Marvel Family
, also known
as the Shazamily, or simply
the Shazam Family
, are a group
who originally appeared
in books published
- The Rockefeller family
(/ˈrɒkəfɛlər/) is an American
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