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actinium a radioactive chemical element of the rare-earth group that has eighty-nine protons in each nucleus. (symbol: Ac)
adder's-tongue any of various ferns with a single sporeless leaflike frond and a slender spore-bearing spike or stalk that suggests a snake's tongue. [1/2 definitions]
ammonium carbonate a white powder that is used in baking powder, smelling salts, and substances for fire-extinguishing.
azurite a bright azure-blue mineral that serves as a copper ore. [1/2 definitions]
bark3 a sailing ship with between three and five masts, all but one of which are square-rigged.
barkentine a ship with three or more masts, square-rigged on the foremast, and fore-and-aft rigged on the others.
beignet a square-shaped piece of fried dough topped with powdered sugar, sometimes filled with chocolate, cheese, fruit, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
blockhouse a house made of square-cut logs. [1/3 definitions]
botulinum a spore-forming bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that produces botulin toxin under anaerobic conditions.
brig a two-masted sailing vessel with square-rigged sails. [1/2 definitions]
brigantine a two-masted sailing vessel with square-rigged sails on the front mast and a fore-and-aft mainsail.
cerium a highly reactive chemical element of the rare-earth group that has fifty-eight protons in each nucleus and that occurs naturally only in compounds. (symbol: Ce)
chimera a mythical fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a snake's tail. [1/3 definitions]
clostridium any of a genus of spore-forming, anaerobic bacteria, Clostridium, that inhabits soil or the intestinal tract of humans.
coccus a sphere-shaped bacterium.
cold storage storage in a temperature-controlled, usu. refrigerated container or room, as for furs or perishable foods or drugs.
debenture a certificate issued by a custom house authorizing the refund of tariffs paid on imported goods that are re-exported. [1/2 definitions]
dehisce to split open along a pre-existing line, as the seedpods of certain plants.
didymium any mixture of rare-earth metals used commercially. [1/2 definitions]
dragon a mythical animal that is usu. depicted as a monstrous, winged, fire-breathing reptile with claws and a long tail, often acting as a guardian of a place, treasure, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
dysprosium a rare-earth metal chemical element of the lanthanide series that has sixty-sixprotons in each nucleus. (symbol: Dy)