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aqua a light greenish blue or blue-green color. [1/2 definitions]
Arabian camel the single-humped camel native to the area from North Africa to India; dromedary. (Cf. Bactrian camel.)
araucaria a cone-bearing evergreen native to the Southern Hemisphere and grown as an ornamental elsewhere.
arbalest a medieval missile-launching weapon whose design is similar to that of a crossbow.
arctic fox a fox of arctic regions, whose fur is blue-gray or brownish gray in summer and white or light gray in winter.
area code in the United States and Canada, any of the three-digit codes that identify the regional telephone districts into which the countries are divided. [1/2 definitions]
aromatic of or being benzene or a benzene-related compound. [1/3 definitions]
arrowhead the wedge-shaped barb on the striking end of an arrow. [1/3 definitions]
artillery mounted large-caliber weapons, such as cannons or rocket launchers, used in land warfare and manned by a crew. [1/3 definitions]
arum any of a family of plants, such as jack-in-the-pulpit, with arrow-shaped leaves and bearing a flower, at the tip of a long spike, that is enclosed by a hoodlike leaf. [1/2 definitions]
at-large election an election in which every voter can vote for candidates to fill any and all vacant positions in a representative body. Unlike a single-member election, in which people can vote only for candidates who represent their particular legislative district, at-large elections allow every person to vote on each vacant position within a governing body.
attached designating an additional document or documents enclosed with a letter or e-mail. [2/4 definitions]
azobenzene an orange-red, nonsoluble crystalline compound obtained from nitrobenzene, used in organic synthesis, as an insecticide, and in the making of dyes.
azurite a bright azure-blue mineral that serves as a copper ore. [1/2 definitions]
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]
babushka a woman's scarf, usu. triangle-shaped, that is worn on the head and tied under the chin.
bacteria pl. of bacterium. Bacteria are one-celled microscopic organisms of various shapes that are often agents of fermentation and putrefaction and that, in some cases, cause disease.
bacterium any of a large group of one-celled microscopic organisms of various shapes that are often agents of fermentation and putrefaction and that may cause disease.
bagpipe a musical instrument, played esp. in Scotland, consisting of a double-reed melody pipe and one or more drone pipes that protrude from a flexible leather bag that is inflated through a blowpipe by the breath or by bellows.
bald cypress a cone-bearing tree that grows in the swamps of the southeastern United States, the wood of which is used in construction and shipbuilding.
banana republic (informal) a small, often politically unstable Central American country with a one-crop economy that is controlled by foreign capital (used as a derogatory label).