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Blackfriars Theatre
▪ theatre, London, United Kingdom       either of two separate theatres, the second famed as the winter quarters (after 1608) of the King's Men, the company of actors ...
blackfrost
black frost n. A dry freeze without the protective formation of hoarfrost that results in the internal freezing and death of vegetation. * * *
blackgold
black gold n. Informal Petroleum. * * *
blackgrouse
black grouse n. A Eurasian game bird (Lyrurus tetrix) with black plumage and white wing markings in the male and brownish barred plumage in the female. * * *
blackguard
—blackguardism, n. —blackguardly, adv. /blag"ahrd, -euhrd, blak"gahrd'/, n. 1. a low, contemptible person; scoundrel. 2. Obs. a. a group of menial workers in the kitchen of a ...
blackguardism
See blackguard. * * *
blackguardly
See blackguardism. * * *
blackgum
black gum n. See sour gum. * * *
BlackHand
Black Hand n. A secret society organized for acts of terrorism and blackmail that was active in the United States in the early 20th century. * * *
blackhaw
black haw n. Either of two deciduous plants (Viburnum lentago or V. prunifolium) native to the eastern United States and having clusters of white flowers and blue-black berrylike ...
BlackHawk
Black Hawk, Originally Makataimeshekiakiak. 1767-1838. Sauk leader. Resenting an 1804 treaty that ceded all Sauk and Fox lands east of the Mississippi River to the United States, ...
blackhead
/blak"hed'/, n. 1. a small, black-tipped, fatty mass in a skin follicle, esp. of the face; comedo. 2. any of several birds having a black head, as the greater scaup, Aythya ...
blackheart
/blak"hahrt'/, n. 1. Plant Pathol. a nonparasitic disease of plants, as of potatoes and various trees, in which internal plant tissues blacken, usually as a result of extremes in ...
blackhearted
blackhearted [blak′härt΄id] adj. wicked; evil * * *
Blackheath
an area of open land in south-east London, England. It was the place where people gathered to support Wat Tyler in 1381 and Jack Cade in 1450, and where they greeted King Henry ...
blackheroin
black heroin n. A dark, sticky, extremely potent and highly addictive form of heroin, the purity of which is often as high as 60 to 70 percent. * * *
BlackHills
Black Hills A group of rugged mountains of southwest South Dakota and northeast Wyoming rising to 2,208.8 m (7,242 ft) at Harney Peak. The Black Hills are a major recreational ...
blackhole
black hole n. 1. An area of space-time with a gravitational field so intense that its escape velocity is equal to or exceeds the speed of light. 2. A great void; an abyss: The ...
blackhorehound
black horehound n. A Eurasian perennial herb (Ballota nigra) in the mint family, having hairy, strong-smelling foliage and clusters of pinkish-purple flowers. * * *
blackice
black ice n. A thin, nearly invisible coating of ice that forms on paved surfaces. * * *
blackie
black·ie (blăkʹē) n. Offensive Variant of blacky. * * *
blacking
/blak"ing/, n. any preparation for producing a black coating or finish, as on shoes or stoves. [1590-1600; BLACK + -ING1] * * *
blackish
See black. * * *
blackjack
/blak"jak'/, n. 1. a short, leather-covered club, consisting of a heavy head on a flexible handle, used as a weapon. 2. Cards. a. twenty-one (def. 4). b. Also called natural. (in ...
blackjackoak
blackjack oak n. A deciduous oak tree (Quercus marilandica) native mostly to the southeastern United States and having blackish bark and leaves with three shallow lobes at the ...
blackknot
black knot n. A disease of the plum, the cherry, and related plants caused by the fungus Apiosporina morbosa and resulting in black knotlike swellings on the branches. * * *
blacklead
black lead (lĕd) n. See graphite. * * *
blackleg
/blak"leg'/, n., v., blacklegged, blacklegging. n. 1. Also called black quarter, symptomatic anthrax. Vet. Pathol. an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle and sheep, caused ...
blackletter
black letter Chris Costello n. A heavy typeface with very broad counters and thick ornamental serifs. Also called gothic, Old English. * * *
blacklight
black light n. Invisible ultraviolet or infrared radiation. Black light causes fluorescent materials to emit visible light and is used to take pictures in the dark. * * *
blacklighttrap
black·light trap (blăkʹlīt') n. An insect trap that attracts a wide variety of insects by the use of a form of black light. * * *
blacklist
/blak"list'/, n. 1. a list of persons under suspicion, disfavor, censure, etc.: His record as an anarchist put him on the government's blacklist. 2. a list privately exchanged ...
blacklister
See blacklist. * * *
blacklocust
black locust n. A deciduous tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) in the pea family, native to the eastern and central United States and having alternate, pinnately compound leaves, spiny ...
blacklung
black lung n. Pneumoconiosis caused by the long-term inhalation of coal dust. Also called anthracosis. * * *
blackly
/blak"lee/, adv. 1. darkly; gloomily. 2. wickedly: a plot blackly contrived to wreak vengeance. 3. angrily: blackly refusing to yield to reason. [1555-65; BLACK + -LY] * * *
blackmagic
black magic n. Magic practiced for evil purposes or in league with supposed evil spirits; witchcraft. * * *
blackmail
—blackmailer, n. /blak"mayl'/, n. 1. any payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of injurious revelations or accusations. 2. the extortion of such payment: He confessed ...
blackmailer
See blackmail. * * *
BlackMaria
Black Ma·ri·a (mə-rīʹə) n. A patrol wagon.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
blackmarket
black market n. 1. The illegal business of buying or selling goods or currency in violation of restrictions such as price controls or rationing. 2. A place where these illegal ...
blackmass
black mass n. 1. A travesty of the Roman Catholic Mass, ascribed to worshipers of Satanism. 2. Black Mass Informal. A Requiem Mass. * * *
blackmeasles
black measles n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A severe form of measles characterized by dark, hemorrhagic skin eruptions. Also called hemorrhagic measles. * * *
blackmedic
black medic or black medick n. A cloverlike Eurasian plant (Medicago lupulina) in the pea family, having dense clusters of small yellow flowers and black pods. It is cultivated ...
blackmoney
black money n. Income, as from illegal activities, that is not reported to the government for tax purposes. * * *
Blackmore
/blak"mawr, -mohr/, n. Richard Doddridge /dod"rij/, 1825-1900, English novelist. * * *
Blackmore, Richard Doddridge
▪ British author born June 7, 1825, Longworth, Berkshire, Eng. died Jan. 20, 1900, Teddington       English Victorian novelist whose novel Lorna Doone (1869) won a ...
Blackmore, Sir Richard
▪ British physician and author born 1654, Corsham, Wiltshire, Eng. died 1729, Boxted, Essex       English physician and writer, physician in ordinary to King William ...
BlackMountains
Black Mountains A range of the Blue Ridge in western North Carolina rising to 2,038.6 km (6,684 ft) at Mount Mitchell. * * *
Blackmun
/blak"meuhn/, n. Harry A(ndrew), born 1908, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1970-94. * * *
Blackmun, Harry
born Nov. 12, 1908, Nashville, Ill., U.S. died March 4, 1999, Arlington, Va. U.S. jurist. He received his law degree from Harvard (1932) and taught law at the St. Paul College ...
Blackmun, Harry A.
▪ United States jurist in full  Harry Andrew Blackmun  born Nov. 12, 1908, Nashville, Ill., U.S. died March 4, 1999, Arlington, Va.  associate justice of the United States ...
Blackmun, Harry Andrew
▪ 2000       U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. Nov. 12, 1908, Nashville, Ill.—d. March 4, 1999, Arlington, Va.), became one of the tribunal's most controversial justices ...
Blackmun,Harry Andrew
Black·mun (blăkʹmən), Harry Andrew. 1908-1999. American jurist who was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1970-1994). * * *
Blackmur
/blak"meuhr/, n. R(ichard) P(almer), 1904-65, U.S. critic and poet. * * *
BlackMuslim
Black Muslim n. A member of the Nation of Islam. * * *
blackmustard
black mustard n. A weedy, annual Eurasian plant (Brassica nigra) in the mustard family, having racemes of yellow flowers and pungent seeds formerly used to prepare the condiment ...
BlackNationalism
See Black Nationalist. * * *
BlackNationalist
Black Nationalist n. A member of a group of militant Black people who urge separatism from white people and the establishment of self-governing Black communities.   Black ...
blackness
/blak"nis/, n. 1. the quality or state of being black. 2. the quality or state of being a black person. 3. Negritude. [1300-50; ME; see BLACK, -NESS] * * *
blacknightshade
black nightshade n. A poisonous, annual Eurasian plant (Solanum nigrum) widespread as a weed and having clusters of white, star-shaped flowers and usually blackish berries. * * *
blackoak
black oak n. A deciduous North American tree (Quercus velutina) having divided leaves with pointed lobes, a blackish outer bark, a yellowish inner bark, and durable wood. * * *
blackout
/blak"owt'/, n. 1. the extinguishing or concealment of all visible lights in a city, military post, etc., usually as a precaution against air raids. 2. a period during a massive ...
BlackPanther
Black Panther n. A member of an organization of militant Black Americans. * * *
blackpatch
/blak"pach'/, n. Plant Pathol. a disease of red and white clover, caused by an unidentified fungus and characterized by brown or blackish lesions on the plant. [BLACK + PATCH] * ...
blackpepper
black pepper n. The small, dark, unripe fruit of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum), used whole or ground as a pungent spice. * * *
blackplate
/blak"playt'/, n. Metall. 1. cold-rolled sheet steel before pickling or cleaning. 2. sheet steel coated with a lacquer or enamel. [1855-60; BLACK + PLATE1] * * *
blackpoll
☆ blackpoll [blak′pōl΄ ] n. a North American warbler (Dendroica striata), the male of which has a black crown * * * black·poll (blăkʹpōl') n. A North American warbler ...
blackpoll warbler
/blak"pohl'/ a North American warbler, Dendroica striata, the adult male of which has the top of the head black. Also called blackpoll. [1775-85, Amer.; BLACK + POLL1] * * ...
Blackpool
/blak"poohl'/, n. a seaport in W Lancashire, in NW England: resort. 147,000. * * * ▪ town and unitary authority, England, United Kingdom       town and unitary ...
Blackpool Illuminations
➡ Blackpool * * *
Blackpool Tower
➡ Blackpool * * *
blackpoplar
black poplar n. A Eurasian shade tree (Populus nigra) with spreading branches. * * *
blackpowder
black powder n. An explosive mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur, formerly used in firearms. * * *
BlackPower
Black Power n. A movement among Black Americans emphasizing racial pride and social equality through the creation of Black political and cultural institutions: “Black Power... ...
blackpudding
black pudding n. A French black sausage made of pork and seasoned pig's blood. Also called boudin noir. * * *
blackracer
black racer n. A North American blacksnake (Coluber constrictor) commonly found in the eastern United States. * * *
blackraspberry
black raspberry n. 1. A prickly eastern North American shrub (Rubus occidentalis) having an aggregate, edible, juicy, purple-black fruit. Also called blackcap. 2. The fruit of ...
blackrat snake
black rat snake n. A North American blacksnake (Elaphe obsoleta) that resembles the black racer. * * *
BlackRiver
Black River 1. In China Ba·bian Jiang (bäʹbyänʹ jyängʹ) and in Vietnam Song Da (sôngʹ däʹ). A river of southeast Asia rising in southern China and flowing about 805 km ...
Blackrock
▪ Ireland Irish  Carraig Dubh        southeastern suburb of Dublin, Ireland, and an administrative part of Dun Laoghaire borough, on Dublin Bay. Blackrock grew ...
BlackRod
Black Rod n. The chief usher of the British House of Lords.   [After the rod carried as symbol of the office.] * * *
blackrot
black rot n. Any of several fungal or bacterial plant diseases resulting in dark brown to black discoloration and decay of affected plant parts. * * *
blacksalsify
black salsify n. A European plant (Scorzonera hispanica) in the composite family, having heads of yellow ray flowers and a large, edible, fleshy root. * * *
blacksapote
black sapote n. 1. A tropical American tree (Diospyros digyna) closely related to the persimmon, having edible, olive-green fruit that blackens when ripe and has a soft, ...
Blacksburg
/blaks"berrg/, n. a town in SW Virginia. 30,638. * * *
BlackSea
Black Sea An inland sea between Europe and Asia. It is connected with the Aegean Sea by the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. * * *
blacksheep
black sheep n. 1. A sheep with black fleece. 2. A member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable. * * *
BlackShirt
Black Shirt also Black·shirt (blăkʹshûrt') n. A member of a fascist party organization having a black shirt as part of its uniform, especially an Italian fascist. * * * n ...
Blackshirts
Italian Camicie Nere Armed squads of Italian Fascists under Benito Mussolini who wore black shirts as part of their uniform. The squads, first organized in 1919, targeted ...
blackskimmer
black skimmer n. A skimmer (Rynchops niger) of North and South America that is black above and white below and has a scissorlike bill, bright red legs and feet, and dark brown ...
blacksmith
/blak"smith'/, n. 1. a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses. 2. a person who forges objects of iron. 3. a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal ...
blacksmithing
/blak"smith'ing/, n. the work of a blacksmith. [1820-30; BLACKSMITH + -ING1] * * *
blacksnake
/blak"snayk'/, n. 1. Also called black racer. a blackish racer, Coluber constrictor subspecies, of the eastern U.S., that grows to a length of 6 ft. (1.8 m). 2. any of various ...
blacksnakeroot
black snakeroot n. See black cohosh. * * *
blackspot
black spot n. Any of various fungal or bacterial diseases of plants, resulting in small black spots on the leaves or on other parts. * * *
blackspruce
black spruce n. A northern North American spruce (Picea mariana) having blue-green needles and small, egg-shaped cones. * * *
Blackstone
/blak"stohn'/; for 1 also /blak"steuhn/, n. 1. Sir William, 1723-80, English jurist and writer on law. 2. a river in S Massachusetts, flowing SE across NE Rhode Island to ...
Blackstone River
River, central Massachusetts and Rhode Island, U.S. It flows about 40 mi (64 km) past Worcester and across northeastern Rhode Island to Pawtucket, where it becomes the Sekonk ...
Blackstone, Sir William
born July 10, 1723, London, Eng. died Feb. 14, 1780, Wallingford, Oxfordshire British jurist. Orphaned at age 12, he was educated at public school and later at Pembroke ...
Blackstone,Sir William
Black·stone (blăkʹstōn', -stən), Sir William. 1723-1780. British jurist and educator who wrote Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769), the most comprehensive ...
blackstrap
black·strap (blăkʹstrăp') n. A dark, very thick molasses, especially a residual product of sugar refining that is used in the manufacture of industrial alcohol and as an ...
blackstrap molasses
/blak"strap'/ molasses remaining after maximum extraction of sugar from the raw product, used chiefly as a constituent of cattle feed and as a source of ethyl alcohol. [1915-20, ...
blackstudies
black studies also Black Studies pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) An academic curriculum focusing on the history and culture of Black people. * * *
blacktailed deer
☆ blacktailed deer [blak′tāld΄ ] a mule deer, esp. the subspecies (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) found from N Calif. to British Columbia: also blacktail n. * * *
blacktar
black tar n. Slang Black heroin. * * *
blacktea
black tea n. A dark tea prepared from fresh tea leaves that have been fully fermented before being dried. * * *
blackthorn
/blak"thawrn'/, n. 1. a shrub or tree of the genus Crataegus, as C. calpodendron. 2. a walking stick made of a blackthorn tree or shrub. 3. Also called sloe. a much-branched, ...
blacktie
black tie n. 1. A black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket. 2. Semiformal evening wear typically for men, usually requiring a dinner jacket.   blackʹ-tieʹ (blăkʹtīʹ) adj. * ...
blacktip shark
/blak"tip'/ a widely distributed sand shark, Charcharinus limbatus, having fins that appear to have been dipped in ink, inhabiting shallow waters of warm seas. * * ...
Blackton, J. Stuart
▪ American film director in full  James Stuart Blackton  born Jan. 5, 1875, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Eng. died Aug. 13, 1941, Hollywood       British-born U.S. film ...
blacktongue
/blak"tung'/, n. Vet. Pathol. canine pellagra. [1825-35, Amer.; BLACK + TONGUE] * * *
blacktop
/blak"top'/, n., adj., v., blacktopped, blacktopping. n. 1. a bituminous substance, usually asphalt, for paving roads, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. 2. a road covered with ...
Blacktown
Black·town (blăkʹtoun') A city of southeast Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Population: 192,200. * * *
BlackVernacular English
Black Vernacular English n. Abbr. BVE See African American Vernacular English. * * *
BlackVolta
Black Vol·ta (vŏlʹtə, vōlʹ-, vôlʹ-) A river of western Africa rising in western Burkina Faso and flowing about 1,352 km (840 mi) to the White Volta in Ghana. * * *
blackvomit
black vomit n. 1. Dark vomit consisting of digested blood and gastric contents. 2. Severe yellow fever with symptomatic regurgitation of dark vomited matter. * * *
blackvulture
black vulture n. A carrion-eating bird (Coragyps atratus) of central North America and South America, having black plumage and a bald black head. * * *
Blackwall hitch
/blak"wawl'/ a hitch made with a rope over a hook so that it holds fast when pulled but is loose otherwise. See illus. under knot. [1860-65; named after Blackwall, a London ...
blackwalnut
black walnut n. 1. An eastern North American tree (Juglans nigra) having dark brown wood and a deeply furrowed nut enclosed in a globose aromatic husk. 2. The wood of this tree, ...
BlackWarrior River
Black Warrior River A river rising in north-central Alabama and flowing about 286 km (178 mi) generally southwest to the Tombigbee River. * * *
blackwash
black·wash (blăkʹwŏsh', -wôsh') tr.v. black·washed, black·wash·ing, black·wash·es To bring from concealment; disclose.   [black + whitewash.] * * *
blackwater
/blak"waw'teuhr, -wot"euhr/, n. Pathol. 1. any of several human or animal diseases characterized by the production of dark urine as a result of the rapid breakdown of red blood ...
blackwater fever
Pathol. a severe form of malaria characterized by kidney damage and hemoglobinuria resulting in urine that is dark red or black. [1880-85] * * * ▪ pathology also called ...
Blackwater, River
▪ river, Ireland Irish  An Abhainn Mhór        river rising in the uplands on the border of Counties Cork and Kerry, Ireland, and flowing 104 miles (167 km) to the ...
blackwaterfever
black·wa·ter fever (blăkʹwô'tər, -wŏt'ər) n. A serious, often fatal complication of chronic malaria, characterized by the passage of bloody, dark red or black urine. * * ...
blackweed
/blak"weed'/, n. the common ragweed. [BLACK + WEED1] * * *
Blackwell
/blak"weuhl, -wel'/, n. 1. Antoinette Louisa (Brown), 1825-1921, U.S. clergywoman, abolitionist, and women's-rights activist. 2. Elizabeth, 1821-1910, U.S. physician, born in ...
Blackwell, Alice Stone
▪ American leader and editor born Sept. 14, 1857, Orange, N.J., U.S. died March 15, 1950, Cambridge, Mass.  suffragist (woman suffrage) and editor of the leading American ...
Blackwell, Antoinette Brown
▪ American minister née  Antoinette Louisa Brown   born May 20, 1825, Henrietta, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 5, 1921, Elizabeth, N.J.  first woman to be ordained a minister of a ...
Blackwell, Edward Joseph
▪ American musician born Oct. 10, 1929, New Orleans, La., U.S. died Oct. 7, 1992, Hartford, Conn.       American jazz drummer who was known for his role in the ...
Blackwell, Elizabeth
born Feb. 3, 1821, Counterslip, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died May 31, 1910, Hastings, Sussex British-born U.S. physician. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1832. She ...
Blackwell, Emily
▪ American physician and educator born Oct. 8, 1826, Bristol, Eng. died Sept. 7, 1910, York Cliffs, Maine, U.S.  English-born American physician and educator who, with her ...
Blackwell, Ewell
▪ 1997       ("THE WHIP"), U.S. sidearm fastball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team during the 1940s and '50s whose whiplike delivery intimidated batters; he ...
Blackwell, John
▪ Welsh author pseudonym  Alun   born 1797, Mold, Flintshire, Wales died May 19, 1841, Cardigan, Cardiganshire       poet and prose writer, regarded as the father of ...
Blackwell, Otis
▪ 2003       American singer and songwriter (b. Feb. 16, 1931/32, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. May 6, 2002, Nashville, Tenn.), began as a singer but saw that career overshadowed ...
Blackwell,Antoinette Louisa Brown
Black·well (blăckʹwĕl', -wəl), Antoinette Louisa Brown. 1825-1921. American social reformer. The first formally appointed (1852) woman pastor in America, she advocated ...
Blackwell,Elizabeth
Blackwell, Elizabeth. 1821-1910. British-born American physician who was the first woman to be awarded a medical doctorate in modern times (1849). She founded (1853) an infirmary ...
Blackwells Island
/blak"welz', -weuhlz/ a former name of Roosevelt Island. * * *
blackwidow
black widow n. A poisonous New World spider (Latrodectus mactans), the female of which produces extremely toxic venom and has a black shiny body with red markings.   [From the ...
Blackwood
/blak"wood'/, n. William, 1776-1834, English publisher. * * *
Blackwood, Algernon Henry
▪ British author born March 14, 1869, Shooters Hill, Kent, Eng. died Dec. 10, 1951, London  British writer of tales of mystery and the supernatural.       After ...
Blackwood, Caroline
▪ Irish journalist and novelist in full  Lady Caroline Maureen Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood  born July 16, 1931, Northern Ireland died Feb. 14, 1996, New York, N.Y., ...
Blackwood, Easley
▪ American composer born April 21, 1933, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.       American composer whose music combined rhapsodic and romantic passion with chromatic ...
Blackwood, James
▪ 2003       American gospel singer (b. Aug. 4, 1919, Choctaw county, Miss.—d. Feb. 3, 2002, Memphis, Tenn.), was a founding member and leader of the Blackwood ...
Blackwood, William
▪ Scottish publisher born Nov. 20, 1776, Edinburgh died Sept. 16, 1834, Edinburgh       Scottish bookseller and publisher, founder of the publishing firm of William ...
Blackwood,William
Black·wood (blăkʹwo͝od'), William. 1776-1834. Scottish publisher and editor (1817-1834) of Blackwood's Magazine, a Tory literary review that published Wordsworth and Shelley ...
blackwork
/blak"werrk'/, n. embroidery done with black, usually silk, thread on white fabric, esp. linen. Also, black work. [BLACK + WORK] * * *
blacky
black·y also black·ie (blăkʹē) n. Offensive pl. black·ies Used as a disparaging term for a Black person. * * *
blad
/blad/, n. Advertising Informal. a flier or other promotional material distributed by a company to sell a product. [1930-35; perh. BL(URB) + AD] * * *
bladder
—bladderless, adj. —bladderlike, adj. /blad"euhr/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. a. a membranous sac or organ serving as a receptacle for a fluid or air. b. See urinary bladder. 2. ...
bladder campion
a European campion, Silene vulgaris (or S. cucubalus), of the pink family, having white flowers with an inflated calyx. [1755-65] * * *
bladder cancer
Malignant tumour of the bladder. The most significant risk factor associated with bladder cancer is smoking. Exposure to chemicals called arylamines, which are used in the ...
bladder fern
any of several ferns of the genus Cystopteris, having pinnate leaves and growing in rocky areas. [1820-30; so called from the bladderlike indusium] * * *
bladder kelp
any of several species of giant kelp bearing prominent flotation bladders. * * *
bladder ketmie
bladder ketmie [ket′mē] n. 〚Fr ketmie, mallow < ML ketmia < Ar〛 FLOWER-OF-AN-HOUR * * *
bladder worm
the bladderlike, encysted larva of a tapeworm; a cysticercus or hydatid. [1855-60] * * *
bladder wrack
a common seaweed, Fucus vesiculosus, found in cold marine waters, having narrow brownish fronds with air-filled vesicles. * * *
bladdercampion
bladder campion n. A weedy Eurasian perennial herb (Silene vulgaris) having white flowers with deeply notched petals and a balloonlike, inflated calyx. * * *
bladderfern
bladder fern n. Any of various ferns of the widespread genus Cystopteris, having pinnately compound fronds and often growing in rocky areas.   [After its bladderlike ...
bladdernose
/blad"euhr nohz'/, n. See hooded seal. [BLADDER + NOSE] * * *
bladdernut
/blad"euhr nut'/, n. 1. the bladderlike fruit capsule of any shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, as S. trifolia, of the eastern U.S. 2. the shrub itself. [BLADDER + ...
bladderpod
/blad"euhr pod'/, n. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genera Alyssoides and Lesquerella, of the mustard family, having inflated seed pods. 2. See poison bean (def. ...
bladderworm
bladderworm [blad′ərwʉrm΄] n. CYSTICERCUS * * * bladder worm n. The bladderlike, encysted larva of the tapeworm that is characteristic of the cysticercus stage. * * *
bladderwort
/blad'euhr werrt', -wawrt'/, n. any of various plants of the genus Utricularia, including aquatic, terrestrial, and epiphytic forms throughout the world. [1805-15; BLADDER + ...
bladderwrack
bladder wrack n. Any of certain rockweeds, especially the widely distributed Fucus vesiculosus, having forked, brownish-green branches with gas-filled bladders. * * *
bladdery
/blad"euh ree/, adj. 1. like or resembling a bladder. 2. inflated. [1785-95; BLADDER + -Y1] * * *
blade
—bladeless, adj. /blayd/, n. 1. the flat cutting part of a sword, knife, etc. 2. a sword, rapier, or the like. 3. a similar part, as of a mechanism, used for clearing, wiping, ...
blade apple.
See Barbados gooseberry. * * *
bladeapple
blade apple n. See Barbados gooseberry.   [From the shape of its leaves.] * * *
bladebone
/blayd"bohn'/, n. the scapula, or shoulder blade. [1670-80; BLADE + BONE1] * * *
bladed
/blay"did/, adj. 1. having a blade or blades (often used in combination): a single-bladed leaf. 2. Crystall. of or pertaining to a thin, flat form suggestive of knife blades: ...
bladelet
/blayd"lit/, n. a small, blade-shaped, sometimes retouched piece of stone used as the cutting edge of a weapon or tool by late Stone Age peoples. Also, bladelette. Also called ...
Blades, Ruben
▪ 1995       In May 1994, 20 years after moving to the U.S., Rubén Blades, the Panamanian-born, Harvard-trained lawyer and internationally known salsa singer, composer, ...
blading
—blader, n. /blay"ding/, n. the act of skating on in-line skates. [1985-90; < (ROLLER)BLAD(E) + -ING] * * *
blae
/blay, blee/, adj. Scot. and North Eng. bluish-black; blue-gray. [1150-1200; ME (north) bla < ON bla blackish blue; see BLUE] * * *
blaeberry
/blay"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. blaeberries. Scot. and North Eng. whortleberry. [1375-1425; late ME (north) blaberie. See BLAE, BERRY] * * *
Blaenau Gwent
▪ county borough, Wales, United Kingdom       county borough, southeastern Wales. It covers an area of deep valleys and plateau uplands on the eastern rim of the ...
Blaeu
/blow/, n. Willem Janszoon /vil"euhm yahn"seuhn, -sohn/, 1571-1638, Dutch cartographer, geographer, astronomer, and mathematician. Also, Blaeuw, Blaew. * * *
blaff
blaff (blăf) n. Caribbean A West Indian stew consisting of fish or occasionally pork, seasonings such as lime and garlic, and often fruits and vegetables.   [Probably from ...
blagging
blag·ging (blăgʹĭng) n. Caribbean Informal talk, usually among men, occurring in a public place: “the street corner, the rum shop, the crossroads, wherever hanging out, ...
Blagoevgrad
▪ Bulgaria       town, southwestern Bulgaria, in the Struma River valley. An ancient Thracian settlement, Scaptopara, existed around its warm mineral springs, which ...
Blagonravov
/blah'geuhn rah"vawf, -vof/; Russ. /bleuh gu nrddah"veuhf/, n. Anatoli Arkadyevich /an"euh toh'lee/; Russ. /u nu taw"lyee urdd kah"dyi vyich/, 1894-1975, Russian scientist. * * *
Blagoveshchensk
/blah'geuh vesh"ensk, -chensk/; Russ. /bleuh gu vye"shchyinsk/, n. a city in the SE Russian Federation in Asia, on the Amur River. 172,000. * * * ▪ Russia also spelled ...
blague
blague [blȧg] n. 〚Fr〛 a practical joke, playful deception, raillery, etc. * * *
blah
/blah/, Slang. n. 1. nonsense; rubbish: What they say is blah. 2. the blahs, a feeling of physical uneasiness, general discomfort, or mild depression; malaise: After the long ...
blah-blah-blah
/blah"blah"blah"/, n. Slang. meaningless chatter; idle gossip: the blah-blah-blah of gossip columnists. Also, blah-blah. [1920-25, Amer.; redupl. of BLAH] * * *
Blaha, Lujza
▪ Hungarian actress and singer original name  Lujza Reindl  born Sept. 8, 1850, Rimaszombat, Hung. [now Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia] died Jan. 18, 1926, ...
Blahnik, Manolo
▪ 2004       The strappy, elegant, and sexy stiletto heels handcrafted by Spanish shoe designer Manolo Blahnik—the same signature pricey footwear featured on HBO's TV ...
Blaik, Red
▪ American football coach byname of  Earl Henry Blaik  born February 15, 1897, Dayton, Ohio, U.S. died May 6, 1989, Colorado Springs, Colorado       American college ...
blain
/blayn/, n. Pathol. an inflammatory swelling or sore. [bef. 1000; ME blein(e), OE blegene. See CHILBLAIN] * * *
Blaine
/blayn/, n. 1. James Gillespie /gi les"pee/, 1830-93, U.S. statesman. 2. a town in E Minnesota. 28,558. * * *
Blaine, James G(illespie)
born Jan. 31, 1830, West Brownsville, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 27, 1893, Washington, D.C. U.S. politician and diplomat. He moved to Maine in 1854 to become editor of the Kennebec ...
Blaine, James G.
▪ American politician in full  James Gillespie Blaine   born Jan. 31, 1830, West Brownsville, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 27, 1893, Washington, D.C.  a leading Republican ...
Blaine, Vivian
▪ 1996       U.S. actress of stage and screen who was best remembered for her showstopping rendition of "Adelaide's Lament" in both the Broadway and film productions of ...
Blaine,James Gillespie
Blaine, James Gillespie. Known as “the Plumed Knight.” 1830-1893. American politician. A U.S. representative (1863-1876) and senator (1876-1881) from Maine, he was U.S. ...
Blainey, Geoffrey
▪ Australian historian and writer in full  Geoffrey Norman Blainey   born March 11, 1930, Melbourne, Vic., Australia       Australian historian, teacher, and writer ...
Blainville
Fr. /blaonn veel"/, n. a town in S Quebec, in E Canada, near Montreal. 14,682. * * *
Blair
/blair/, n. 1. Anthony Charles Lynton /lin"teuhn/ (Tony), born 1953, British political leader: prime minister since 1997. 2. Also, Blaire. a male or female given name. * * * (as ...
Blair Witch
➡ Blair Witch Project * * *
Blair Witch Project
a 1999 horror film about 3 students who go into the woods to investigate the story of the Blair Witch, but who are attacked and killed by something which is never seen. The whole ...
Blair, Bonnie
▪ American speed skater in full  Bonnie Kathleen Blair   born March 18, 1964, Cornwall, New York, U.S.       American speed skater who became the most successful ...
Blair, Bonnie Kathleen
▪ 1995       After her career-topping performances in 1994, U.S. speed skater Bonnie Blair was hailed as the most successful American woman in Olympic Games history. At ...
Blair, Dennis C.
▪ United States military officer in full  Dennis Cutler Blair  born Feb. 4, 1947, Kittery, Maine       U.S. military officer who was commander in chief of the U.S. ...
Blair, Francis P.
▪ American politician and journalist in full  Francis Preston Blair   born April 12, 1791, Abingdon, Va., U.S. died Oct. 18, 1876, Silver Spring, Md.       journalist ...
Blair, Francis Preston, Jr.
▪ American politician born Feb. 19, 1821, Lexington, Ky., U.S. died July 9, 1875, St. Louis, Mo.  Missouri politician of the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras ...
Blair, Henry William
born Dec. 6, 1834, Campton, N.H., U.S. died March 14, 1920, Washington, D.C. U.S. politician. He practiced law from 1859 and served in the New Hampshire state legislature ...
Blair, James
▪ American colonial educator born May 1656, Banffshire, Scotland died April 18, 1743, Williamsburg, Va. [U.S.]       clergyman and founder (1693) of the College of ...
Blair, John
▪ United States jurist born 1732, Williamsburg, Va. [U.S.] died Aug. 31, 1800, Williamsburg, Va., U.S.       associate justice of the United States Supreme Court ...
Blair, Robert
▪ Scottish poet born 1699, Edinburgh, Scot. died Feb. 4, 1746, Athelstaneford, East Lothian       Scottish poet remembered for a single poem, The Grave, which was ...
Blair, Tony
orig. Anthony Charles Lynton born May 6, 1953, Edinburgh, Scot. British politician who in 1997 became the country's youngest prime minister since 1812. Blair was a lawyer ...
Blair,Anthony Charles Lynton
Blair (blâr), Anthony Charles Lynton. Known as “Tony” Born 1953. British lawyer, politician, and Labour Party leader who was elected prime minister in 1997. * * *
Blair,Bonnie
Blair, Bonnie. Born 1964. American speed skater who won five Olympic gold medals: three in the 500-meters (1988, 1992, and 1994) and two in the 1,000-meters (1992 and 1994). * * *
Blair,John
Blair, John. 1732-1800. American jurist who was a member of the Constitutional Convention (1787) and served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1789-1796). * * *
Blairsville
▪ Georgia, United States       city, seat (1835) of Union county, northern Georgia, U.S., in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the Blue Ridge and Nottely dams. Laid out ...
Blais
/blay/, n. Marie-Claire /meuh ree"klair"/, born 1939, Canadian poet and novelist. * * *
Blais, Marie-Claire
born Oct. 5, 1939, Quebec, Que., Can. French-Canadian novelist and poet. In two early, dreamlike novels, Mad Shadows (1959) and Tête blanche (1960), she staked out her ...
Blaise
/blayz/; Fr. /blez/, n. a male given name. * * *
Blaise, Saint
▪ Christian saint Latin  Blasius,  also called  Blazey   born Sebastia, Cappadocia, Asia Minor [now Sivas, Tur.] died c. 316, Sebastia?; feast day, Western church, ...
Blaize, Herbert Augustus
▪ prime minister of Grenada baptized Feb. 26, 1918, Carriacou, Grenada, British West Indies died Dec. 19, 1989, near St. Georges, Grenada       Grenadian politician who ...
Blake
/blayk/, n. 1. Hector ("Toe"), born 1912, Canadian ice hockey player and coach. 2. James Hubert ("Eubie"), 1883-1983, U.S. jazz pianist and composer. 3. Robert, 1599-1657, ...
Blake Edwards
➡ Edwards (I) * * *
Blake, Edward
born Oct. 13, 1833, Adelaide, Upper Canada died March 1, 1912, Toronto, Ont., Can. Canadian politician. Blake was called to the bar in 1856 and created a queen's counsel in ...
Blake, Eubie
orig. James Hubert Blake born Feb. 7, 1883, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Feb. 12, 1983, Brooklyn, N.Y. U.S. songwriter and pianist. He played piano in cafés and brothels as a ...
Blake, Eugene Carson
▪ American minister born Nov. 7, 1906, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. died July 31, 1985, Stamford, Conn.       churchman and ecumenical leader who was a major figure in American ...
Blake, George
▪ British diplomat and Soviet spy original name  Georg Behar   born 1922, Rotterdam, Neth.       British diplomat and spy for the Soviet Union.       After ...
Blake, Hector
▪ 1996       ("TOE"), Canadian hockey player and coach (b. Aug. 21, 1912, Victoria Mines, N.S.—d. May 17, 1995, Montreal, Que.), was a strict disciplinarian and ...
Blake, Lillie Devereux
▪ American author née  Elizabeth Johnson Devereux  born Aug. 12, 1833, Raleigh, N.C., U.S. died Dec. 30, 1913, Englewood, N.J.  American novelist, essayist, and reformer ...
Blake, Lyman Reed
▪ American inventor born Aug. 24, 1835, South Abington, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 5, 1883       American inventor who devised a sewing machine for sewing the soles of shoes ...
Blake, Robert
▪ British admiral born August 1599, Bridgwater, Somerset, Eng. died Aug. 7, 1657, at sea off Plymouth, Devon  admiral who, as commander of the navy of Oliver Cromwell's ...
Blake, Sir Peter James
▪ 2002       New Zealand yachtsman and explorer (b. Oct. 1, 1948, Auckland, N.Z.—d. Dec. 6, 2001, off Macapá, Braz.), was the winner of the two most important ...
Blake, William
born Nov. 28, 1757, London, Eng. died Aug. 12, 1827, London English poet, painter, engraver, and visionary. Though he did not attend school, he was trained as an engraver at ...
Blake,James Herbert
Blake (blāk), James Herbert. Known as “Eubie.” 1883-1983. American pianist and composer noted for his popular songs and Broadway productions, such as Shuffle Along (1921), ...
Blake,Robert
Blake, Robert. 1599-1657. English admiral who was a Parliamentarian during the English Civil War and pursued the Royalist fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, where he defeated it ...
Blake,William
Blake, William. 1757-1827. British poet and artist whose paintings and poetic works, such as Songs of Innocence (1789) and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1790), have a ...
Blakelock, Ralph
born Oct. 15, 1847, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 9, 1919, near Elizabethtown, N.Y. U.S. painter. A self-taught artist, he developed a highly original and subjective style of ...
Blakelock, Ralph Albert
▪ American painter born Oct. 15, 1847, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 9, 1919, near Elizabethtown, N.Y.       American painter whose luminous impasto paintings of ...
Blakeslee, Albert Francis
born Nov. 9, 1874, Geneseo, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 16, 1954, Northampton, Mass. U.S. botanist and geneticist. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his dissertation ...
Blakey
Blakey [blā′kē] Art 1919-90; U.S. jazz drummer & bandleader: Muslim name Abdullah Ibn Buhaina * * * (1919–90) (also called Abdulla Ibn Buhaina) a US jazz musician who ...
Blakey, Art
later Abdullah Ibn Buhaina born Oct. 11, 1919, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S. died Oct. 16, 1990, New York, N.Y. U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader. He worked with Fletcher Henderson's ...
Blakey,Art
Bla·key (blāʹkē), Art. 1919-1990. American jazz drummer who initiated the practice of cross-rhythm drumming and integrated drums into small group arrangements. * * *
Blalock, Alfred
born April 5, 1899, Culloden, Ga., U.S. died Sept. 15, 1964, Baltimore, Md. U.S. surgeon. He received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. His research, showing that ...
blam
blam [blam] interj. used to suggest the sound of a shot, explosion, etc. n. such a sound * * *
blamable
—blamably, adv. /blay"meuh beuhl/, adj. deserving blame; censurable. Also, blameable. [1350-1400; ME; see BLAME, -ABLE] * * *
blamableness
See blamable. * * *
blamably
See blamableness. * * *
blame
—blamer, n. /blaym/, v., blamed, blaming, n. v.t. 1. to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don't blame you for leaving him. 2. to place the responsibility for (a ...
blameable
—blameably, adv. /blay"meuh beuhl/, adj. blamable. * * *
blamed
/blaymd/, Informal. adj. 1. confounded: The blamed car won't start. adv. 2. confoundedly; excessively: It's blamed cold out tonight. [1825-35; BLAME + -ED2] * * *
blameful
—blamefully, adv. —blamefulness, n. /blaym"feuhl/, adj. 1. deserving blame; blameworthy: blameful neglect. 2. Archaic. imputing blame; accusing. [1350-1400; ME; see BLAME, ...
blamefully
See blameful. * * *
blamefulness
See blamefully. * * *
blameless
—blamelessly, adv. —blamelessness, n. /blaym"lis/, adj. free from or not deserving blame; guiltless: a blameless child. [1350-1400; ME; see BLAME, -LESS] Syn. irreproachable. ...
blamelessly
See blameless. * * *
blamelessness
See blamelessly. * * *
blamer
See blame. * * *
blameworthiness
See blameworthy. * * *
blameworthy
—blameworthiness, n. /blaym"werr'dhee/, adj. deserving blame; blameful: a blameworthy administration. [1350-1400; ME; see BLAME, WORTHY] * * *
blanc
/blangk/; Fr. /blahonn/, n., pl. blancs /blangks/; Fr. /blahonn/. 1. a silver coin of France of the 14th-18th centuries, debased in later years. 2. an Anglo-Gallic copy of this ...
Blanc
/blahonn/, n. 1. Jean Joseph Charles Louis /zhahonn zhaw zef" shannrddl lwee/, 1811-82, French socialist and historian. 2. Mont. See Mont Blanc (def. 1). * * * (as used in ...
blanc de blancs
/blahngk" deuh blahngk"/; Fr. /blahonn deuh blahonn"/ 1. a type of champagne made entirely from the white grape Pinot Blanc. 2. a white table wine, sometimes sparkling, made ...
blanc fixe
/blahngk" feeks", blangk" fiks'/; Fr. /blahonn feeks"/ barium sulfate used as a white pigment in paints. [1865-70; < F: lit., fixed white. See FIX, BLANK] * * *
Blanc, (Jean-Joseph-Charles-) Louis
born Oct. 29, 1811, Madrid, Spain died Dec. 6, 1882, Cannes, France French utopian socialist and journalist. In 1839 he founded the socialist newspaper Revue du Progrès and ...
Blanc, Louis
▪ French politician Introduction in full  Jean-josephcharles-louis Blanc   born Oct. 29, 1811, Madrid, Spain died Dec. 6, 1882, Cannes, Fr.  French utopian socialist, noted ...
Blanc, Mel
▪ American entertainer byname of  Melvin Jerome Blanc   born May 30, 1908, San Francisco, California, U.S. died July 10, 1989, Los Angeles       entertainer renowned ...


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