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acquired characteristic a change in the structure or function of a living organism that is caused by environmental factors and may not be transmitted genetically.
aerie a house or fortified structure located on a height. [1/2 definitions]
air bladder an air-filled sac in various animals and plants, esp. such a structure located near the spine of certain fish that functions to maintain buoyancy by regulating hydrostatic pressure. (See swim bladder.)
ala a wing or winglike part or structure on a living organism.
altar a raised structure, often a table or platform, upon or at which sacrifices or other religious ceremonies are performed.
amorphous not organized into an obvious structure. [1/2 definitions]
anacoluthon a sudden shift within a sentence from one grammatical structure to another, esp. when done for rhetorical effect.
analogue in biology, an organ or structure similar to another of different evolutionary origin. [1/2 definitions]
anastrophe reversal of the normal sentence structure or word order, as in the sentence "To the battlefield rode they".
anatomical of or pertaining to the structure of a plant or animal. [1/2 definitions]
anatomize to dissect (a plant or animal) in order to examine in detail the structure or location of various parts. [1/2 definitions]
anatomy the structure of an organism or of its parts. [2/4 definitions]
ancien régime (French) the political and social structure of France before the French Revolution in 1789. [1/2 definitions]
angular having a bony structure, as a person's body. [1/3 definitions]
animal a living creature that is generally distinguished from plants by its cellular structure and by the ability to move voluntarily. [1/5 definitions]
annulus a ring-shaped part, structure, or area.
anomie a breakdown or lack of values, norms, or structure in a society. [1/3 definitions]
aqueduct a bridgelike structure designed to carry a waterway or pipe across a river or valley. [1/2 definitions]
arbor vitae the treelike structure of the white matter in the cerebellum when viewed in longitudinal cross section.
arch1 an object or structure that resembles such an element. [1/5 definitions]
architectonic of, concerning, or resembling architecture, esp. in structure or design.