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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]
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.
C clef a sign on a musical staff that shows the position of middle C.
cedilla a diacritical mark (), placed under certain letters in French, Portuguese, Turkish, and Russian to indicate a particular pronunciation, as, in French, the sound of "s" for the letter "c".
Celsius of, pertaining to, or designating a temperature scale on which zero degrees is the freezing point and one hundred degrees is the boiling point of water; centigrade. (abbr.: C)
Cheng Tang first leader of the Shang dynasty of China, ruling in approximately the seventeenth century B.C.E. (exact dates contested).
Chou the third dynasty in China, about 1122 to 256 B.C.
chromatic in music, having to do with the chromatic scale, which ascends and descends by half steps, as C to C sharp and C sharp to D. [1/2 definitions]
circumflex one of several diacritic marks, especially ( ˆ ), placed over a vowel to indicate a certain sound or quality. [1/3 definitions]
Cleopatra a queen of Egypt (69-30 B.C.).
collect on delivery a method of ordering or shipping goods in which payment is made, usu. in cash, when the goods are delivered; c.o.d. [2 definitions]
Confucius a Chinese philosopher whose ethical teachings were introduced into Chinese religion; K'ung Fu-tzu (551?-479? B.C.).
Cro-Magnon a Caucasoid type of human that lived in Europe from about 60,000 B.C. to about 10,000 B.C.
cup in the U.S., a unit of capacity equal to eight fluid ounces, 237 milliliters, or sixteen tablespoons; cupful. (abbr.: c.) [1/7 definitions]
d the second note in the musical scale of C major. [1/4 definitions]
da capo from the beginning; D.C. (used in music as a direction to repeat a passage).
Dead Sea Scrolls scrolls dating from about 100 B.C. to 70 A.D. that were found in caves above the Dead Sea, and that contain scriptural and other writings of a Jewish religious community.
decemvir one of a council of ten members that drew up the first code of Roman laws in 450 B.C. [1/2 definitions]
do2 the tone C in the musical scale of C major. [1/2 definitions]
e the third note in the musical scale of C major. [1/2 definitions]
East Coast the easternmost part of the United States, consisting of the states along the Atlantic coast, often esp. the region stretching from Maine to Washington D.C.