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a1 the sixth note in the musical scale at C major. [1/6 definitions]
ABC soil a soil made up of three distinct layers, the A or top layer being humus and organic matter, the B layer being clay and oxidized material, and the C layer being loose rock and mineral materials.
Aeschylus a Greek dramatist (525-456 B.C.).
Aesop an actual or legendary Greek writer of fables (620?-560? B.C.).
Alexander the Great the king of Macedonia in 336-323 B.C. and conqueror of an empire that included Persia, Egypt, and part of Greece (356-323 B.C.).
alto clef in musical notation, a clef with middle C on the middle line of the staff, or the sign identifying this clef; viola clef.
Amos according to the Old Testament, a minor Hebrew prophet of the eighth century B.C. [1/2 definitions]
ancient Rome a civilization cultivated by the city-state of Rome from the 8th century B.C.E. through its development as a republic and its collapse as an empire in the 5th century A.D.
antiscorbutic a substance that prevents or cures scurvy, such as vitamin C. [1/2 definitions]
Archimedes a Greek mathematician and inventor (287?-212 B.C.).
Aristotle a Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.).
ascorbic acid an organic acid found in many foods, esp. citrus fruits, and required in human nutrition for the production of collagen; vitamin C.
b the seventh note in the musical scale of C major. [1/5 definitions]
Babylonia an ancient empire of about 2800-700 B.C. in southwestern Asia at the head of the Persian Gulf.
bass clef a sign on the fourth line of a musical staff, locating F below middle C; F clef.
B.C.1 abbreviation of "before Christ" (used in designating dates); B.C.E.
B.C.E. abbreviation of "before the common era" (used in designating dates); B.C.
Bronze Age the stage or level of development of human culture that followed the Stone Age and was characterized by the use of bronze tools and weapons; about 3,500 B.C. to 1,000 B.C.
Buddhism a spiritual philosophy and religion, founded in the sixth century B.C. by Buddha and widespread in Asia, that teaches release from the self and from one's earthly desires.
c1 the first note in the musical scale of C major. [2/5 definitions]
carbon a chemical element that has six protons in each nucleus and that occurs in pure forms as diamond and graphite, or in a large variety of compounds such as carbon dioxide, carbohydrates, and petroleum hydrocarbons. (symbol: C) [1/7 definitions]