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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.).
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.
Archimedes a Greek mathematician and inventor (287?-212 B.C.).
Aristotle a Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.).
B- in the U.S. military, a plane used to transport and drop bombs, such as a B-17 or B-52.
B.A. abbreviation of "Bachelor of Arts," an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a curriculum in the liberal arts; A.B.
Babylonia an ancient empire of about 2800-700 B.C. in southwestern Asia at the head of the Persian Gulf.
Bachelor of Arts an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a curriculum in the liberal arts. (abbr.: B.A.)
Bachelor of Science an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a curriculum in science, technology, or the like. (abbr.: B.S.)
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.
bilabial a speech sound made with the lips close together, as the consonants "b" and "m". [1/3 definitions]
biotin a compound considered part of the vitamin B complex, found in milk, egg yolks, and yeast.
boron a chemical element that has five protons in each nucleus and that occurs naturally only in compounds such as boric acid and borax. (symbol: B)
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.
Carthage an ancient Phoenician city-state founded in the ninth century B.C. near the site of modern Tunis and destroyed in 146 B.C. by the Romans.