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teosinte any of several grasses of the genus Zea native to Mexico and Central America that are similar to corn. Scientists believe that corn was domesticated from a type of teosinte.
tepee a cone-shaped tent made with skins or bark, formerly used by some North American Indian tribes, esp. in the midwestern plains. [2 definitions]
tephra volcanic materials such as dust, ashes, and pumice ejected during an eruption.
tepid somewhat warm; lukewarm. [2 definitions]
tequila a strong Mexican liquor made from the fermented juice of the agave.
ter- three.
teratism a malformed fetus.
terato- monster.
teratogen an agent, such as radiation or certain diseases or chemicals, that causes fetal deformities.
teratology the scientific study of biological deformities or monstrosities.
terbium a rare-earth chemical element that has sixty-five protons in each nucleus and that occurs in pure form as a soft silvery metal. (symbol: Tb)
terce the third of the seven canonical hours; tierce.
tercel in falconry, a male hawk, esp. a peregrine or gyrfalcon.
tercentenary of or relating to a period of three hundred years or to a three hundredth anniversary. [2 definitions]
tercet a group of three lines in poetry that rhyme, or that are connected by rhyme with an adjacent triplet of lines. [2 definitions]
terebinth a small tree common to the Mediterranean region that produces a turpentine resin.
tergiversate to cause doubt or be intentionally ambiguous; equivocate. [2 definitions]
teriyaki a Japanese dish consisting of meat or fish that is marinated in seasoned soy sauce and grilled or broiled.
term a word or phrase that names something, esp. in a particular field. [7 definitions]
termagant a woman who loudly and persistently scolds, nags, or quarrels; shrew. [2 definitions]
termer a person serving a specified amount of time, usu. in prison (usu. used in combination).