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krypton an inert gaseous chemical element that has thirty-six protons in each nucleus, used esp. as the atmosphere in high-powered light bulbs. (symbol: Kr)
KS abbreviation of "Kansas," a Midwestern U.S. state between Missouri and Colorado.
kt abbreviation of "karat," a unit of measure for the purity of gold equal to one twenty-fourth part of pure gold.
Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia.
Kublai Khan a Mongol emperor of China from about 1260 to about 1294 and founder of the Mongol dynasty (1216?-1294?).
kuchen a German coffee cake made with yeast dough and usu. containing fruits, nuts, and the like.
kudos (used with a sing. or pl. verb) praise, honor, and appreciation for work done or status achieved.
kudu a large African antelope with narrow white stripes across the back and, in the male, long curved horns.
kugel a casserole of ingredients such as potatoes and noodles that is baked until crusty.
Ku Kluxer a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Ku Klux Klan a secret society organized and active in the southern United States after the Civil War, which sought to regain white supremacy over newly freed blacks. [2 definitions]
kulak in czarist Russia, a relatively well-off or landholding peasant.
kumiss the fermented milk of a mare or camel, used as a beverage by Asian nomads. [2 definitions]
kümmel a colorless liqueur flavored with caraway seeds, cumin, anise, and the like.
kumquat a type of citrus tree bearing a small, edible fruit. [2 definitions]
kung fu a Chinese method of self-defense involving fluid, circular movements of the hands and legs. (Cf. karate.)
Kunming a city in south central China.
Kunming Lake the sixth-largest freshwater lake in China, located in Beijing.
Kuomintang the main political party of China from 1911 to 1948, and of Taiwan since 1948.
Kurd a member of a Muslim people that lives in southeastern Turkey, northern Iran and Iraq, and the Caucasus.
Kurdish of or pertaining to the Kurds or their culture, language, or the like. [2 definitions]