The first letter of the modern Eng. alphabet and of the ancient Roman one, corresp. to Gk alpha, Heb. aleph. The sound orig. represented by the letter, in Eng. as in L, was a low back vowel, articulated with the tongue as low as possible in the mouth, considerable separation of the jaws, and spreading of the lips.
Rough, clinkery, scoriaceous lava.
A Dutch and German liquid measure of varying capacity, 170-200 litres, used in England for Rhine wine.
Any of several sweet-scented plants of the iris family with flowers which tend to open in the evening, esp. one belonging to the genus Hesperantha.
A nocturnal, insectivorous, badger-sized mammal, Orycteropus afer, having large ears, a long snout, and a long extensile tongue, native to sub-Saharan Africa.
A largely insectivorous southern African quadruped, Proteles cristatus, related to the hyenas, and having an erectile crest.
Pertaining to Aaron the first Jewish high priest; Levitical; resembling or characteristic of a high priest.
Any of various plants suggestive of beards; esp. the rose of Sharon, Hypericum calycinum, which has tufts of hairlike stamens.
Any of various tall upright plants; esp. the great mullein, Verbascum thapsus.
In the Jewish calendar, the eleventh month and fifth of the religious year, usu. coinciding with parts of July and August. Also, the twelfth month of the Syriac calendar.
A sleeveless outer garment of various forms, worn by Arabs.
Manila hemp; the plant yielding this.
A tile or square in a mosaic pavement.
A person who makes calculations with an abacus.
Backwards; away, to a distance.
A Zairean man's suit consisting of a short-sleeved collarless jacket and loose trousers.
A person who steals cattle in large numbers.
A board strewn with sand, for drawing figures, etc.
Apollyon, 'the angel of the bottomless pit' (Rev. 9:11); the Devil.
A low bow.
An edible gastropod mollusc of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl.
Surrender to natural impulses; freedom from constraint or convention.
Having given oneself up to.
The action of abandoning; the condition of being abandoned.
Lower (physically); stoop.
The action of abasing; the condition of being abased.
Destroy the self-possession of, disconcert with sudden shame, consciousness of error or presumption, etc.
Render bastard; debase.
An Italian abbot or other ecclesiastic.
The action of abating; the state of being abated.
A defence formed by placing felled trees lengthwise one over the other with their branches towards the enemy's line. Also, a barricade of barbed wire.
A person who or thing which abates; esp. in Law, a person who abates a nuisance, an action, etc.
A trace left by a stag in the underwood. Usu. in pl.
Off or away from the axis; (of the surface of a leaf etc.) initially facing away from the stem.
Baying of dogs upon their prey; esp. when closing round it.
A member of a people inhabiting the north-west Caucasus.
(Coarse wool used for) The woof or weft in a web.
Abba, father: an invocation to God as Father (Mark 14:36) etc.
The office, jurisdiction or tenure of an abbot or abbess
Of or pertaining to, a member of, the dynasty (750-1258) of caliphs of Baghdad claiming descent from 'Abbas.
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