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Alexander the Great the king of Macedonia in 336-323 B.C. and conqueror of an empire that included Persia, Egypt, and part of Greece (356-323 B.C.).
great anteater see ant bear.
great ape any of the family of apes that most closely resemble man in anatomy, such as the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.
great auk a large flightless North Atlantic auk that became extinct in the mid-nineteenth century.
Great Bear the constellation Ursa Major.
Great Britain the main island of the United Kingdom, off the coast of France, occupied by England, Scotland, and Wales, and including some adjacent islands. (Cf. United Kingdom.)
great calorie see calorie.
great circle a circle on a sphere that is in a plane passing through the center of the sphere. [2 definitions]
Great Dane any of a breed of very large muscular short-haired dogs that have pointed ears and a square muzzle.
Great Depression the decade of the 1930s in the United States and other countries, characterized by extreme economic hardship; the Depression.
great gross a unit of quantity equal to twelve gross.
great horned owl a large gray and brown North American owl that has two large earlike tufts of blackish feathers.
Great Lakes five large interconnected freshwater lakes on the border between the United States and Canada; Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.
great laurel a large wild rhododendron of the eastern United States that has thick glossy dark green leaves and bears clusters of white or pink flowers.
Great Mogul the title of the emperor of the former Mongol empire that was established in India in 1526. [2 definitions]
Great Nebula the brightest and closest of nebulae, located in the constellation of Orion.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch a vast accummulation of debris made up primarily of tiny plastic particles floating in the upper column of water in the north central region of the Pacific Ocean.
Great Pyramid of Giza a limestone and granite pyramid, which is the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built circa 2500 B.C.E. as a memorial and tomb for King Khufu, the second king of the fourth Egyptian dynasty.
Great Sandy Desert a desert region in northwestern Australia.
great seal the chief seal of a government or state, used to stamp official documents.