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Jakarta the seaport capital of Indonesia.
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm German brothers who were folklorists and philologists (Jakob, b.1785--d.1863; Wilhelm, b.1786--d.1859).
jalap the dried root of any of several plants belonging to the morning-glory family, used as a purgative. [2 definitions]
jalapeņo a very hot Mexican pepper, now widely cultivated.
jalopy (informal) an old automobile in poor condition.
jalousie a shutter, blind, or window with overlapping horizontal slats that can be tilted to admit more or less light or air.
jam1 to force or pack tightly into a small space. [12 definitions]
jam2 a sweet spread usu. made by cooking crushed fruit and sugar.
Jamaica an island country in the West Indies south of Cuba.
Jamaica rum a dark, pungent, full-bodied rum made in Jamaica.
jamb the side, or side frame, of a door or window opening.
jambalaya a Creole dish of rice cooked with ham, chicken, shrimp, oysters, and the like, and seasoned with herbs and spices.
jamboree (informal) a noisy or enthusiastic party or celebration. [2 definitions]
James according to the New Testament, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. [3 definitions]
James Farmer American civil rights activist and strong believer in non-violent protest against injustice. Farmer was an initiator of the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s, which served to highlight and challenge racial segregation and discrimination in the U.S. (b.1920--d. 1999).
James Joyce an Irish author (b.1882--d.1941).
James Watt a Scottish engineer and inventor of the steam engine (b.1736--d.1819).
Jammu and Kashmir see "Kashmir."
jam-packed packed very tightly; crammed.
jam session an informal gathering, esp. of jazz musicians, to play improvisations together.
Jan. abbreviation of "January," the first month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty-one days.