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acid rock a form of music popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s that has loud, often distorted sounds and harmonies, and lyrics that suggest psychedelic experiences.
Adar the sixth month of the Jewish lunisolar calendar, occurring from late February through early March in the Gregorian calendar.
AIDS-related complex a condition characterized by enlargement of the lymph nodes that may be an early sign of AIDS.
apocalypse any of several early Jewish or Christian writings on divine revelation that symbolically depict the ultimate conflict between good and evil. [1/3 definitions]
Archean of, relating to, or designating the earlier of two geological periods of the Precambrian Era, ending approximately 2.5 billion years ago, during which highly crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks were formed; Early Precambrian; Archeozoic; azoic. [1/2 definitions]
archiblast the outer layer of an embryo in a very early, two-layered stage of development. [1/2 definitions]
art nouveau (sometimes cap.) a style of art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for motifs taken from nature and expressed with curved lines.
atrium an enclosed courtyard, esp. in ancient Roman houses or early Christian churches. [1/2 definitions]
autism a developmental disorder usually becoming detectable in very early childhood that is characterized especially by atypical acquisition or use of language as well as atypical patterns of social interaction.
Av the eleventh month of the Jewish lunisolar calendar, occurring from late July through early August in the Gregorian calendar.
Babbitt the title character and protagonist of Sinclair Lewis's early twentieth-century novel, who is smug, conventional, and resolutely middle-class. [1/2 definitions]
betimes before the time that is necessary, expected, or customary; early.
biplane an early type of airplane with two sets of wings mounted one above the other.
blastula an embryo in an early stage of development that consists of a single layer of cells forming a hollow sphere.
blunderbuss an early shoulder-gun having a short barrel, flared at the muzzle to scattershot at close range. [1/2 definitions]
bowery a Dutch settler's farm or country residence in early New York. [1/2 definitions]
Caspar Milquetoast a timid, easily dominated character in the early twentieth-century comic strip The Timid Soul by H. T. Webster. [1/2 definitions]
catacomb (cap.; pl.) such a burial ground near Rome, used by the early Christians (prec. by the). [1/2 definitions]
Church Fathers the ecclesiastical authorities of the early Christian church, whose writings had an authoritative influence on the formation of Christian doctrine.
clavichord an early soft-toned keyboard instrument, recognized as the forerunner of the piano, with strings that are struck by metal wedges attached to the end of each key.
Conestoga wagon a large heavy covered wagon with broad wheels, used by early U.S. pioneers to haul their freight and household goods.