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adjective see patrimony
noun Etymology: Middle English patrimoine, patrimonie, from Anglo-French patremoine, from Latin patrimonium, from patr-, pater father Date: 14th century 1. a. an estate ...
Patrimony of St Peter
geographical name — see Rome (Duchy of)
noun Etymology: Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father Date: 1605 one who loves ...
adjective Date: 1757 1. inspired by patriotism 2. befitting or characteristic of a patriot • patriotically adverb
noun Date: circa 1726 love for or devotion to one's country
Patriots' Day
noun Date: 1897 the third Monday in April observed as a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts in commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775
also patristical adjective Date: circa 1828 of or relating to the church fathers or their writings
adjective see patristic
noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1847 the study of the writings and background of the church fathers
combining form see patr-
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Patroklos Date: 15th century a Greek hero and friend of Achilles slain by Hector at Troy
I. noun Date: 1664 1. a. the action of traversing a district or beat or of going the rounds along a chain of guards for observation or the maintenance of security b. the ...
patrol wagon
noun Date: 1887 paddy wagon
noun see patrol II
noun Date: 1867 one who patrols; especially a police officer assigned to a beat
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin patronus patron saint, patron of a benefice, pattern, from Latin, defender, from ...
patron saint
noun Date: 1717 1. a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated 2. an original leader or prime exemplar
noun Date: 14th century 1. advowson 2. the support or influence of a patron 3. kindness done with an air of superiority 4. business or activity provided by patrons ...
adjective see patron
noun Date: 15th century a woman who is a patron
British variant of patronize
noun see patronize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1589 1. to act as patron of ; provide aid or support for 2. to adopt an air of condescension toward ; treat haughtily or coolly 3. to ...
adverb see patronize
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek patronymia patronymic, from patr- + onyma name — more at name Date: 1612 a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor ...
noun Etymology: French patron & Spanish patrón, from Medieval Latin patronus, from Latin, patron Date: 1743 1. archaic the captain or officer commanding a ship 2. [Dutch, ...
noun (plural patsies) Etymology: perhaps from Italian pazzo fool Date: 1903 a person who is easily manipulated or victimized ; pushover
noun Etymology: Middle English patin, from Anglo-French, from pate paw, hoof, from Vulgar Latin *patta, of imitative origin Date: 14th century a clog, sandal, or overshoe ...
I. verb Etymology: Middle English patren, from paternoster Date: 14th century transitive verb to say or speak in a rapid or mechanical manner intransitive verb 1. to ...
noun see patter I
I. noun Etymology: Middle English patron, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin patronus Date: 14th century 1. a form or model proposed for imitation ; exemplar 2. ...
adjective see pattern I
noun Date: 1862 1. decoration, composition, or configuration according to a pattern 2. physical therapy especially for neurological impairment based on a theory holding that ...
adjective see pattern I
biographical name Adelina 1843-1919 Italian (Spanish-born) soprano
noun see patty
biographical name George Smith 1885-1945 American general
also pattie noun (plural patties) Etymology: French pâté pâté Date: 1710 1. a little pie 2. a. a small flat cake of chopped food b. a small flat candy 3. ...
patty shell
noun Date: 1909 a shell of puff pastry made to hold a creamed meat, fish, or vegetable filling
or pat-a-cake noun Etymology: from the opening words of the rhyme Date: 1889 a game in which two participants (as mother and child) clap their hands together to the rhythm of ...
noun Etymology: pattypan pan for baking patties Date: 1900 a roundish summer squash having a scalloped edge — called also cymling
adjective Etymology: Latin patulus, from patēre to be open — more at fathom Date: 1616 spreading widely from a center
geographical name river 100 miles (161 kilometers) central Maryland flowing S & SE into Chesapeake Bay
also potzer noun Etymology: probably from German Patzer bungler, from patzen to blunder Date: 1959 an inept chess player
geographical name 1. (or French Gave de Pau) river 100 miles (161 kilometers) SW France rising in the Pyrenees SW of Pau & flowing to the Adour — see Gavarnie 2. commune ...
paucis verbis
foreign term Etymology: Latin in a few words
noun Etymology: Middle English paucite, from Latin paucitat-, paucitas, from paucus little — more at few Date: 15th century 1. smallness of number ; fewness 2. smallness ...
I. noun Etymology: Latin Paulus, from Greek Paulos Date: before 12th century an early Christian apostle and missionary and author of several New Testament epistles II. ...
Paul Bunyan
noun Date: 1925 a giant lumberjack of American folklore
Paul I
I. biographical name 1754-1801 emperor of Russia (1796-1801) II. biographical name 1901-1964 king of Greece (1947-64)
biographical name James Kirke 1778-1860 American author
biographical name Wolfgang 1900-1958 American (Austrian-born) physicist
Pauli exclusion principle
noun Etymology: Wolfgang Pauli Date: 1926 exclusion principle — called also Pauli principle
Pauli principle
noun see Pauli exclusion principle
adjective Date: 1817 of or relating to the apostle Paul, his epistles, or the doctrine or theology implicit in his epistles
biographical name Linus Carl 1901-1994 American chemist
noun Date: circa 1883 a member of the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle founded by I. T. Hecker in the United States in 1858
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Anna Pavlovna died 1865 Russian princess Date: 1843 any of a genus (Paulownia) of Chinese trees of the snapdragon family; especially one (P. ...
I. biographical name Friedrich 1890-1957 German field marshal II. biographical name Julius 2d-3d century A.D. Roman jurist
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French *panche, pance, from Latin pantic-, pantex Date: 14th century 1. a. the belly and its contents b. potbelly 2. rumen
noun see paunchy
adjective (paunchier; -est) Date: 1598 having a potbelly • paunchiness noun
noun Etymology: Latin, poor — more at poor Date: 1516 1. a person destitute of means except such as are derived from charity; specifically one who receives aid from funds ...
noun see pauper
noun see pauperize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1834 to reduce to poverty • pauperization noun
noun Etymology: French paupiette, from Italian polpetta meat croquette, diminutive of polpa pulp, flesh, from Latin pulpa Date: 1889 a thin slice of meat or fish wrapped ...
biographical name flourished A.D. 143-176 Greek historian & geographer
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein to stop Date: 15th century 1. a temporary stop 2. a. a break in a verse b. a brief ...
noun see pavane
also pavan noun Etymology: Middle French pavane, from Italian dialect pavana, from feminine of pavano of Padua, from Pava (Tuscan Padova) Padua Date: 1535 1. a stately court ...
transitive verb (paved; paving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paver, from Latin pavire to strike, pound; perhaps akin to Greek paiein to strike Date: 14th ...
also pavéed or pavéd or pave adjective Etymology: pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave Date: 1903 of jewels set as close together as possible to ...
pave the way
phrasal to prepare a smooth easy way ; facilitate development
adjective see pavé
adjective see pavé
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pavimentum, from pavire Date: 13th century 1. a paved surface: as a. the artificially covered surface of a ...
noun Date: 15th century 1. one that paves 2. pavement 2
geographical name commune N Italy S of Milan population 76,418
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pavilloun, pavillioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly; perhaps akin to Old High German fīfaltra butterfly Date: ...
noun Date: 15th century pavement
or paviour noun Etymology: Middle English pavier, from paven to pave Date: 15th century British paver
noun see pavior
geographical name volcano 8261 feet (2518 meters) SW Alaska on SW Alaska Peninsula in Aleutian Range
biographical name Ivan Petrovich 1849-1936 Russian physiologist • Pavlovian adjective
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Anna Pavlova Date: 1926 a dessert of Australian and New Zealand origin consisting of a meringue shell topped with whipped cream and ...
biographical name Anna 1882-1931 Russian ballerina
adjective Date: 1926 1. of or relating to Ivan Pavlov or to his work and theories 2. being or expressing a conditioned or predictable reaction ; automatic
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe Date: 14th century 1. the foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly the foot of an ...
adjective Etymology: obsolete English dialect pawk trick Date: 1676 chiefly British artfully shrewd ; canny
noun Etymology: perhaps modification of Dutch pal pawl Date: 1626 a pivoted tongue or sliding bolt on one part of a machine that is adapted to fall into notches or ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pown, from Anglo-French peoun, paun, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo foot soldier, from Latin ped-, pes foot — more at foot Date: 14th ...
pawn off
transitive verb Date: 1832 to get rid of or pass off usually by deception ; palm off
noun Date: 1687 one who lends money on the security of personal property pledged in his keeping • pawnbroking noun
noun see pawnbroker
noun (plural Pawnee or Pawnees) Etymology: of Siouan origin; akin to Osage ppái Pawnee, Omaha ppáði Date: 1764 a member of an American Indian people originally of Kansas ...
noun see pawn III
noun see pawn III
noun Date: 1849 a pawnbroker's shop
also papaw noun Etymology: probably modification of Spanish papaya Date: 1624 1. papaya 2. a North American tree (Asimina triloba) of the custard-apple family with purple ...
geographical name city NE Rhode Island population 72,958
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, peace — more at peace Date: 14th century 1. a tablet decorated with a sacred figure (as of Christ) and ...
pax vobiscum
foreign term Etymology: Latin peace (be) with you
I. verb (paid; also in sense 7 payed; paying) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace Date: 13th century ...
pay dirt
noun Date: 1856 1. earth or ore that yields a profit to a miner 2. a useful or remunerative discovery or object
pay down
transitive verb Date: 1975 to reduce (a debt) by repaying in part
pay envelope
noun Date: 1901 an envelope containing one's wages; also wages
pay off
verb Date: 1710 transitive verb 1. a. to give all due wages to; especially to pay in full and discharge (an employee) b. to pay (a debt or a creditor) in full c. ...
pay one's dues
phrasal 1. to earn a right or position through experience, suffering, or hard work 2. (also pay dues) pay intransitive verb 3
pay one's own way
phrasal see pay one's way
pay one's way
or pay one's own way phrasal to pay one's share of expenses
pay phone
noun Date: 1936 a usually coin-operated public telephone
pay station
noun Date: 1919 pay phone
pay television
noun see pay-TV
pay the piper
phrasal to bear the cost of something
pay through the nose
phrasal to pay exorbitantly or dearly
pay up
verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb to pay what is due transitive verb to pay in full
adjective Date: 1840 of or relating to a system or policy of paying bills when due or of paying for goods and services when purchased
noun Date: 1971 pay-TV utilizing a cable television system
noun Date: 1978 a cable television service by which customers can order access to a particular broadcast for a fee
noun Date: circa 1956 a service providing noncommercial television programming (as recent movies and entertainment specials) by means of a scrambled signal to subscribers who ...
adjective Date: 14th century 1. that may, can, or must be paid 2. profitable
noun Date: 1955 1. a return on an investment equal to the original capital outlay; also the period of time elapsed before an investment is recouped 2. requital
noun Date: 1899 1. a check in payment of wages or salary 2. wages, salary
noun Date: 1529 a regular day on which wages are paid
abbreviation British pay as you earn
noun Date: 1758 one to whom money is or is to be paid
also payor noun Date: 14th century one that pays; especially the person by whom a bill or note has been or should be paid
noun Date: circa 1922 1. the load carried by a vehicle exclusive of what is necessary for its operation; especially the load carried by an aircraft or spacecraft consisting ...
noun Date: 1550 an officer or agent whose duty it is to pay salaries or wages
noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of paying 2. something that is paid ; pay 3. requital
noun Etymology: Middle English painim, from Anglo-French paenisme heathendom, from Late Latin paganismus, from paganus pagan Date: 13th century archaic pagan; especially ...
noun Date: 1740 1. a paymaster's or employer's list of those entitled to pay and of the amounts due to each 2. the sum necessary for distribution to those on a payroll; also ...
geographical name city & port W Uruguay population 62,412
abbreviation payment
biographical name Octavio 1914-1998 Mexican author
abbreviation paperback
symbol Etymology: Latin plumbum lead
abbreviation 1. personal best 2. power brakes
PB and J
abbreviation peanut butter and jelly
noun Date: circa 1975 polybrominated biphenyl
abbreviation Public Broadcasting Service
noun Etymology: private branch exchange Date: 1940 a private telephone switchboard
abbreviation 1. parsec 2. [Latin post cibum] after a meal; [post cibos] after meals
I. noun (plural PCs or PC's) Date: 1978 personal computer II. abbreviation 1. peace corps 2. percent; percentage 3. politically correct; political correctness 4. ...
noun Date: 1966 polychlorinated biphenyl
abbreviation peripheral component interconnect
I. noun Etymology: phenyl + cycl- + piperidine Date: circa 1970 phencyclidine II. abbreviation 1. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia 2. primary care physician; primary care ...
abbreviation polymerase chain reaction
abbreviation percent; percentage
abbreviation paid
symbol palladium
abbreviation 1. per diem 2. police department 3. postal district 4. potential difference 5. program director 6. public defender 7. public domain
I. noun Etymology: personal digital assistant Date: 1992 a small hand-held device equipped with a microprocessor that is used especially for storing and organizing personal ...
adverb Usage: often not capitalized Etymology: abbreviation of pretty damned quick Date: 1875 immediately
abbreviation Pacific daylight time
noun Etymology: Hebrew pē Date: 1823 the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table
abbreviation 1. physical education 2. printer's error 3. probable error 4. professional engineer
noun (plural peas; also pease) Usage: often attributive Etymology: back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural ...
pea aphid
noun Date: 1925 a widely distributed aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) that is a serious pest on legumes (as alfalfa, pea, and clover)
pea bean
noun Date: 1778 1. a small white dried kidney bean; especially navy bean 2. a plant that is a source of pea beans
pea green
noun Date: 1752 a moderate yellow green
pea jacket
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Dutch pijjekker, from pij, a kind of cloth + jekker jacket Date: 1721 peacoat
pea soup
noun Date: 1711 1. a thick purée made of dried peas 2. a thick fog
I. biographical name Endicott 1857-1944 American educator II. biographical name George 1795-1869 American merchant & philanthropist III. geographical name city NE ...
geographical name river 1195 miles (1923 kilometers) W Canada flowing E & NE in N British Columbia & N Alberta into Slave River — see Finlay
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pees, from Anglo-French pes, pees, from Latin pac-, pax; akin to Latin pacisci to agree — more at pact Date: 12th century 1. a state of ...
peace corps
noun Date: 1960 a body of trained personnel sent as volunteers especially to assist underdeveloped nations
peace dividend
noun Date: 1968 a portion of funds made available for nondefense spending by a reduction in the defense budget (as after a war)
peace offering
noun Date: circa 1530 a gift or service for the purpose of procuring peace or reconciliation
peace officer
noun Date: 1714 a civil officer (as a police officer) whose duty it is to preserve the public peace
peace pipe
noun Date: 1760 calumet
peace sign
noun Date: 1969 1. a sign made by holding the palm outward and forming a V with the index and middle fingers and used to indicate the desire for peace 2. peace symbol
peace symbol
noun Date: 1970 the symbol ☮ used to signify peace
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. disposed to peace ; not contentious or quarrelsome b. quietly behaved 2. marked by freedom from strife or disorder • ...
noun see peaceable
adverb see peaceable
adjective Date: 14th century 1. peaceable 1 2. untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion ; quiet, tranquil 3. of or relating to a state or time of peace 4. devoid ...
adverb see peaceful
noun see peaceful
noun see peacekeeping
noun Date: 1945 the preserving of peace; especially international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities • peacekeeper noun
noun Date: 15th century one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance • peacemaking noun or adjective
noun or adjective see peacemaker
noun Date: 1965 an opponent of war; specifically one who participates in antiwar demonstrations
noun Date: 1551 a time when a nation is not at war
I. noun Etymology: Middle English peche, from Anglo-French pesche, peche (the fruit), from Late Latin persica, from Latin (malum) persicum, literally, Persian fruit Date: 14th ...
peach leaf curl
noun Date: 1888 leaf curl of the peach that is caused by a fungus (Taphrina deformans)
peach tree borer
noun Date: 1850 a blue-black clearwing moth (Synanthedon exitiosa syn. Sanninoidea exitiosa) with the female having an orange band on the abdomen and whose white brown-headed ...
Peachtree City
geographical name city NW central Georgia SSW of Atlanta population 31,580
adjective (peachier; -est) Date: 1599 1. resembling a peach 2. unusually fine ; dandy
peachy keen
adjective Date: 1948 peachy 2
noun Etymology: pea- (as in pea jacket) + coat Date: 1790 a heavy woolen double-breasted jacket originally worn by sailors
biographical name Thomas Love 1785-1866 English novelist & poet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pecok, from pe- (from Old English pēa peafowl, from Latin pavon-, pavo peacock) + cok cock Date: 14th century 1. a male peafowl ...
peacock blue
noun Date: 1881 a moderate greenish blue
peacock flower
noun Date: 1884 royal poinciana
adjective see peacock I
adjective see peacock I
noun Etymology: pea- (as in peacock) + fowl Date: 1804 either of two very large terrestrial pheasants (Pavo cristatus and P. muticus) of southeastern Asia and India that are ...
noun Etymology: Middle English pehenne, from pe- + henne hen Date: 15th century a female peafowl
I. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of pike Date: 1530 1. a pointed or projecting part of a garment; especially the visor of a cap or hat 2. promontory 3. a sharp or ...
peak flow meter
noun Date: 1962 a device that measures the maximum rate of air flow out of the lungs during forced expiration and that is used especially for monitoring lung capacity of ...
I. adjective Date: 15th century having a peak ; pointed • peakedness noun II. adjective Etymology: 4peak Date: 1800 being pale and wan or emaciated ; sickly
noun see peaked I
adjective Date: 1821 peaked II
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, appeal, summons to church, short for appel appeal, from appelen to appeal Date: 14th century 1. a. the loud ringing of bells b. a ...
biographical name Charles Willson 1741-1827 & his brother James 1749-1831 & Charles's son Rembrandt 1778-1860 American painters
adjective Date: 1711 1. resembling a pea especially in size, firmness, and shape 2. of a flower being showy and papilionaceous
I. noun Date: 1802 1. a low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and ...
peanut oil
noun Date: 1862 a colorless to yellow fatty nondrying oil that is obtained from peanuts and is used chiefly as a salad oil, in margarine, in soap, and as a vehicle in ...
noun Etymology: Middle English pere, from Old English peru, from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, plural of pirum Date: before 12th century 1. a pome fruit of a tree (genus ...
pear psylla
noun Date: 1904 a yellowish or greenish jumping plant louse (Psylla pyricola) that is often destructive to the pear
adjective Date: 1758 1. having an oval shape markedly tapering at one end 2. of a vocal tone free from harshness, thinness, or nasality
geographical name 1. river about 410 miles (660 kilometers) S Mississippi flowing S into Gulf of Mexico 2. — see Zhu
I. noun Etymology: Middle English perle, from Anglo-French, probably from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna upper leg, kind of sea mussel; akin to Old English ...
Pearl City
geographical name unincorporated population center Hawaii in S Oahu population 30,976
pearl essence
noun Date: 1854 a translucent substance that occurs in the silvery scales of various fish (as herring) and is used in making artificial pearls, lacquers, and plastics
pearl gray
noun Date: 1796 1. a yellowish to light gray 2. a pale blue
Pearl Harbor
I. noun Etymology: Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, American naval station attacked without warning by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 Date: 1942 a surprise attack often with ...
pearl millet
noun Date: circa 1890 a tall cereal grass (Pennisetum glaucum syn. P. americanum) that has large leaves and dense round spikes and is widely grown for its seeds and for forage
pearl onion
noun Date: 1880 a very small usually pickled onion used especially in appetizers and as a garnish
geographical name city E Texas S of Houston population 37,640
noun see pearl II
noun see pearlescent
adjective Date: 1936 having a pearly luster • pearlescence noun
noun Etymology: French perlite, from perle pearl Date: 1888 the lamellar mixture of ferrite and cementite in slowly cooled iron-carbon alloys occurring normally as a ...
adjective see pearlite
adjective Date: 1937 given a pearlescent surface or finish
adjective (pearlier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. resembling, containing, or adorned with pearls or mother-of-pearl 2. highly precious
pearly everlasting
noun Date: 1857 an everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) that has herbage covered with white woolly hairs and corymbose heads with white scarious involucres
pearly nautilus
noun Date: circa 1800 nautilus 1
I. biographical name Karl 1857-1936 English mathematician II. biographical name Lester Bowles 1897-1972 prime minister of Canada (1963-68)
adjective Etymology: alteration of pert Date: circa 1520 chiefly Southern & Midland being in good spirits ; lively • peartly adverb
adverb see peart
biographical name Robert Edwin 1856-1920 American polar explorer
Peary Land
geographical name region N Greenland on Arctic Ocean
noun Etymology: Middle English paissaunt, from Anglo-French paisant, pesaunt, from pais, paiis country, from Late Latin pagensis inhabitant of a district, from Latin pagus ...
noun Date: circa 1553 1. peasants 2. the position, rank, or behavior of a peasant
noun see peasecod
or peascod noun Etymology: Middle English pesecod, from pese + cod bag, husk — more at codpiece Date: 14th century a pea pod
noun Date: 1803 a toy blowgun that uses peas for projectiles
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English pete piece of peat, from Medieval Latin peta, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Cornish peyth bit, Welsh peth thing ...
peat moss
noun Date: 1880 sphagnum
adjective see peat I
or peavy noun (plural peaveys or peavies) Etymology: Joseph Peavey died 1873 American blacksmith Date: 1870 a lumberman's lever that has a pivoting hooked arm and metal spike ...
noun see peavey
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pobble, from Old English papolstān, from papol- (of unknown origin) + stān stone Date: 14th century 1. a small usually rounded stone ...
adjective see pebble I
noun Date: 1944 pectoral muscle — usually used in plural
noun Etymology: American French pacane, from Illinois pakani Date: 1772 1. a large hickory (Carya illinoinensis syn. C. illinoensis) that has roughish bark and hard but ...
noun (plural -loes or -los) Etymology: Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin, from Latin peccatum, from neuter of peccatus, past participle of peccare Date: 1600 a ...
adjective Etymology: Latin peccant-, peccans, present participle of peccare to stumble, sin Date: circa 1604 1. guilty of a moral offense ; sinning 2. violating a ...
adverb see peccant
noun (plural -ries) Etymology: of Cariban origin; akin to Suriname Carib paki:ra peccary Date: 1697 any of several largely nocturnal gregarious American mammals resembling ...
noun Etymology: Latin, I have sinned, from peccare Date: 1553 an acknowledgment of sin
or Finn Petsamo geographical name town & port NW Russia in Europe on inlet of Barents Sea in district that belonged to Finland 1920-44 population 3500
geographical name river over 1100 miles (1770 kilometers) NE Russia in Europe flowing N into Barents Sea
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pek, from Anglo-French Date: 13th century 1. — see weight table 2. a large quantity or number II. verb Etymology: Middle English, ...
peck order
noun see pecking order
noun Date: 1587 1. one that pecks 2. chiefly British courage 3. often vulgar penis
noun Etymology: probably inversion of woodpecker Date: 1904 often disparaging a rural white Southerner
pecking order
also peck order noun Date: 1928 1. the basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of ...

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