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pew a stationary church bench with a back and often arms at the ends, usu. one of several arranged in rows facing the altar. [2 definitions]
pewee either of two small North American woodland flycatchers.
pewit the lapwing.
pewter a tin alloy, used formerly for kitchen vessels or implements, but now mostly for decorative objects and tableware. [2 definitions]
peyote a species of mescal cactus. [2 definitions]
PFAS acronym for perflouroalkyl and polyflouroalkyl substances. Such chemical substances are used in a vast number of products and applications such as non-stick coatings for cookware, cleaning products, wire insulation, clothing, and food packaging. Some are known to be toxic, and, as a group, they are considered at least potentially harmful to human and animal health. They are also considered an environmental pollutant, as they can take thousands of years to break down, earning the the appellation "forever chemicals."
PFC abbreviation of "private first class," a soldier in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps ranking below a corporal and above a private.
pfennig formerly, the smaller monetary unit of Germany. (Cf. deutsche mark, mark.)
PG abbreviation of "parental guidance suggested," (used as a film rating).
pg. abbreviation of "page."
PG-13 abbreviation of "parental guidance suggested; may not be suitable for those under thirteen years" (used as a film rating).
pH a symbol for a measure of the degree of alkalinity or acidity of a solution, determined by the concentration or activity of hydrogen ions therein (often fol. by a number, with seven indicating neutrality, zero to six indicating acidity, and eight to fourteen indicating alkalinity).
Phaėthon in Greek mythology, son of the sun god, Helios, who tried to drive his father's sun-chariot from east to west but flew too close to earth, started a conflagration, and was killed by Zeus.
phaeton an open, lightweight, four-wheeled carriage drawn by horses. [3 definitions]
-phage something that eats or destroys (used in naming phagocytes).
phago- eating.
phagocyte a cell, esp. a leukocyte, that surrounds and ingests foreign particles, microorganisms, and other cells in the blood and tissues.
-phagous eating, feeding on, or destroying (something specified).
-phagy the eating of (such) a substance.
phalanger any of various small, herbivorous, tree-dwelling marsupials of Australia that have foxlike ears, dense woolly fur, and a long bushy tail.
phalanx a body of infantry soldiers in ancient Greece, kept in close formation for protection. [3 definitions]