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Herbert Morrison
➡ Morrison (I) * * *
Herbert River
▪ river, Queensland, Australia       river in northeastern Queensland, Australia. The river rises in the Eastern Highlands, flows for 150 miles (240 km) southeast across ...
Herbert, Don
▪ 2008 Donald Jeffry Herbert        American television personality born July 10, 1917, Waconia, Minn. died June 12, 2007 , Los Angeles, Calif. was praised for his ...
Herbert, Edward Herbert, 1st Baron
▪ British philosopher Baron Herbert Of Castle Island born March 3, 1583, Eyton-on-Severn, Shropshire, Eng. died Aug. 5, 1648, London  English courtier, soldier, diplomat, ...
Herbert, Frank
▪ American author in full  Frank Patrick Herbert  born Oct. 8, 1920, Tacoma, Wash., U.S. died Feb. 11, 1986, Madison, Wis.       American science-fiction writer noted ...
Herbert, George
born April 3, 1593, Montgomery Castle, Wales died March 1, 1633, Bemerton, Wiltshire, Eng. British Metaphysical poet. He was elected orator of Cambridge University in 1620, a ...
Herbert, Sir A P
▪ English writer and politician born September 24, 1890, Elstead, Surrey, England died November 11, 1971, London       English novelist, playwright, poet, and ...
Herbert, Sir Wally
▪ 2008 Walter William Herbert        British polar explorer born Oct. 24, 1934, York, Eng. died June 12, 2007, Inverness, Scot. led the British Transarctic Expedition ...
Herbert, Victor
▪ American composer born Feb. 1, 1859, Dublin, Ire. died May 26, 1924, New York, N.Y., U.S.  Irish-born American composer of operettas and light music.       Herbert ...
Herbert, Victor (August)
born Feb. 1, 1859, Dublin, Ire. died May 26, 1924, New York, N.Y., U.S. Irish-born U.S. composer. After his widowed mother married a German doctor, he was raised in Stuttgart, ...
Herbert, Xavier
▪ Australian author in full  Alfred Francis Xavier Herbert   born , May 15, 1901, Port Hedland, W. Aus., Australia died Nov. 10, 1984, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, ...
Herbert, Zbigniew
born Oct. 29, 1924, Lwów, Pol. died July 28, 1998, Warsaw Polish poet and essayist. Herbert started writing at age 17 but published little before 1956. His poetry expresses an ...
Herbert,George
Her·bert (hûrʹbərt), George. 1593-1633. English metaphysical poet whose works, including “The Collar” (1633), are religious in theme and marked by rich symbolism and ...
Herbert,Victor
Herbert, Victor. 1859-1924. American composer and conductor best known for his comic operas, including Babes in Toyland (1903). * * *
herbicidal
See herbicide. * * *
herbicide
—herbicidal, adj. /herr"beuh suyd', err"-/, n. a substance or preparation for killing plants, esp. weeds. [1895-1900; HERB + -I- + -CIDE] * * * Agent, usually chemical, for ...
Herbie Hancock
➡ Hancock (I) * * *
herbivore
/herr"beuh vawr', -vohr'/, n. a herbivorous animal. [1850-55; < NL herbivorus; see HERB, -I-, -VORE] * * * Animal adapted to subsist solely on plant tissues. Herbivores range ...
herbivorous
—herbivority /herr'beuh vawr"i tee, -vor"-/, n. —herbivorously, adv. /herr biv"euhr euhs, err-/, adj. feeding on plants. [1655-65; < NL herbivorus; see HERB, -I-, -VOROUS] * ...
herbivorously
See herbivorous. * * *
Herblock
/herr"blok/, n. See Block, Herbert Lawrence. * * * orig. Herbert Lawrence Block born Oct. 13, 1909, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Oct. 7, 2001, Washington, D.C. U.S. editorial ...
herbology
—herbologist, n. /herr bol"euh jee, err-/, n. the study or collecting of herbs, esp. as a hobby. [HERB + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
herborist
/herr"beuhr ist, err"-/, n. herbalist. [ < MF herboriste, irreg. < L herb(a) HERB + MF -iste -IST] * * *
herborize
/herr"beuh ruyz', err"-/, v.i., herborized, herborizing. botanize. Also, esp. Brit., herborise. [1655-65; < F herboriser, equiv. to herbor(iste) HERBORIST + -iser -IZE] * * *
herbParis
herb Paris n. A European plant (Paris quadrifolia) having a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow or greenish flower.   [Probably Medieval Latin herba paris, herb of a pair ...
herbRobert
herb Robert n. A low-growing Eurasian plant (Geranium robertianum) having divided leaves and small reddish-purple flowers.   [Middle English herbe Robert, from Old French erbe ...
herby
/err"bee, herr"bee/, adj., herbier, herbiest. 1. abounding in herbs or grass. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an herb or herbs in taste or appearance. [1545-55; HERB + ...
Hercegovina
/herdd'tse gaw"vi nah/, n. Herzegovina. * * *
Herculaneum
—Herculanean, Herculanensian /herr'kyeuh leuh nen"sheuhn, -see euhn/, adj. /herr'kyeuh lay"nee euhm/, n. an ancient city in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: buried along with ...
Herculano, Alexandre
▪ Portuguese historian in full  Alexandre Herculano de Carvalho e Araújo  born March 28, 1810, Lisbon, Port. died Sept. 13, 1877, Santarém       historian, ...
Hercule Poirot
➡ Poirot * * *
herculean
/herr'kyeuh lee"euhn, herr kyooh"lee euhn/, adj. 1. requiring the great strength of a Hercules; very hard to perform: Digging the tunnel was a herculean task. 2. having enormous ...
Hercules
/herr"kyeuh leez'/, n., gen. Herculis /-kyeuh lis/ for 2. 1. Also, Heracles. Also called Alcides. Class. Myth. a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing ...
Hercules beetle
a large Neotropical rhinoceros beetle, Dynastes hercules. [1830-40] * * *
Hercules' Pillars.
See Pillars of Hercules. * * *
Hercules'-club
☆ Hercules'-club [hʉr′kyə lēz΄klub΄ ] n. 〚in allusion to the club borne by Hercules〛 1. a small, very spiny tree (Aralia spinosa) of the ginseng family, with ...
Hercules'club
Her·cu·les' club (hûrʹkyə-lēz) n. 1. A tree or shrub (Aralia spinosa) of the southeast United States, having prickly, bipinnately compound leaves and large clusters of ...
Hercules, Tower of
▪ lighthouse, La Coruña, Spain       probably the only ancient Roman lighthouse still in use, located in the city of A Coruña (Coruña, A), Spain, on a peninsula in ...
Hercules-club
/herr"kyeuh leez klub'/, n. 1. a prickly tree, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, of the rue family, having a medicinal bark and berries. 2. Also called angelica tree, ...
Hercynian orogenic belt
▪ mountain range, Europe also called  Variscan Orogenic Belt,        series of mountain ranges that developed during the Devonian Period (which occurred about 416 ...
hercynite
/herr"seuh nuyt'/, n. a black oxide mineral, FeAl2O4, of the spinel group. [ < G Hercynit (1839), equiv. to L Hercyn(ia silva) the Hercynian Forest (referring to the Erz ...
Herczeg, Ferenc
▪ Hungarian writer born Sept. 22, 1863, Versecz, Hung. died Feb. 24, 1954, Budapest       novelist and playwright, the leading literary exponent of ...
herd
herd1 /herrd/, n. 1. a number of animals kept, feeding, or traveling together; drove; flock: a herd of cattle; a herd of sheep; a herd of zebras. 2. Sometimes Disparaging. a ...
herd immunity
the immunity that occurs when an entire group of animals or people become immune to a particular infection, as with universal vaccination. * * *
herd instinct
the impulse or tendency toward clustering or acting in a group, esp. the presumed instinct toward or need for gregariousness and conformity. [1905-10] * * *
herd's-grass
/herrdz"gras', -grahs'/, n. timothy or redtop, used for hay or pasture. [1730-40, Amer.; named after John Herd, who in 1700 found it growing in New Hampshire] * * *
herdbook
      official record of individuals and pedigrees of a recognized breed of livestock, especially cattle or swine. When development of purebred livestock for use in ...
herder
/herr"deuhr/, n. a person in charge of a herd, esp. of cattle or sheep. [1625-35; HERD2 + -ER1] * * *
Herder
/herdd"deuhrdd/, n. Johann Gottfried von /yoh"hahn gawt"frddeet feuhn/, 1744-1803, German philosopher and poet. * * *
Herder, Johann Gottfried von
born Aug. 25, 1744, Mohrungen, East Prussia died Dec. 18, 1803, Weimar, Saxe-Weimar German critic and philosopher. Trained in theology and literature, he initially worked as a ...
Herder,Johann Gottfried von
Her·der (hĕrʹdər), Johann Gottfried von. 1744-1803. German philosopher and writer whose theory of culture and advocacy of intuition over rationality greatly influenced ...
herdic
/herr"dik/, n. a low-hung carriage with two or four wheels, having the entrance at the back and the seats at the sides. [1880-85, Amer.; named after P. Herdic, 19th-century ...
herding dog
one of any of several breeds of dogs used originally for herding livestock, including the Belgian sheepdog, collie, German shepherd, and Old English sheepdog. * * *
Herdman, Sir William Abbott
▪ British oceanographer born Sept. 8, 1858, Edinburgh died July 21, 1924, London       oceanographer and a specialist on the marine organisms Tunicata.       In ...
herdsman
/herrdz"meuhn/, n., pl. herdsmen. 1. a herder; the keeper of a herd, esp. of cattle or sheep. 2. (cap.) Astron. the constellation Boötes. [1595-1605; HERD1 + 'S1 + -MAN; cf. ...
here
/hear/, adv. 1. in this place; in this spot or locality (opposed to there): Put the pen here. 2. to or toward this place; hither: Come here. 3. at this point; at this juncture: ...
Here
/hear"ee/, n. Hera. * * *
Here Comes the Bride
a piece of music which is often played at weddings in church as the bride (= the woman getting married) walks up to join the groom (= the man getting married) just before the ...
Héré de Corny, Emmanuel
▪ French architect born Oct. 12, 1705, Nancy, Fr. died Feb. 2, 1763, Lunéville       French court architect to Stanisław Leszczyński (Stanisław I), duke of ...
Here We Go
a song often sung at British football matches by the supporters when their team is playing well, or by groups of people who have gathered in public, for example to protest ...
here's
/hearz/ contraction of here is. Usage. See contraction. * * *
here's to!
here's to! here's a toast to! I wish success (or joy, etc.) to! * * *
hereabout
/hear"euh bowt'/, adv. about this place; in this neighborhood. Also, hereabouts. [1175-1225; ME; see HERE, ABOUT] * * *
hereafter
/hear af"teuhr, -ahf"-/, adv. 1. after this in time or order; at some future time; farther along. 2. in the time to follow; from now on: Hereafter I will not accept their ...
hereat
/hear at"/, adv. 1. at this time; when this happened. 2. by reason of this; because of this. [1350-1400; ME here at. See HERE, AT1] * * *
hereaway
/hear"euh way'/, adv. Dial. hereabout. Also, hereaways. [1350-1400; ME. See HERE, AWAY] * * *
hereby
/hear buy", hear"buy'/, adv. 1. by this, or the present, declaration, action, document, etc.; by means of this; as a result of this: I hereby resign as president of the class. 2. ...
heredes
/hi ree"deez/, n. pl. of heres. * * *
Heredia
Sp. /e rdde"dhyah/; for 1 also Fr. /ay rdday dyann"/, n. 1. José María de Sp. /haw se" mah rddee"ah dhe/, 1842-1905, French poet, born in Cuba. 2. a city in central Costa Rica, ...
Heredia, José Maria de
▪ French poet born Nov. 22, 1842, La Fortuna, Cuba died Oct. 2, 1905, near Houdan, Fr.  Cuban-born French poet, brilliant master of the sonnet.       The son of a ...
hereditable
—hereditability, n. —hereditably, adv. /heuh red"i teuh beuhl/, adj. heritable. [1400-50; late ME < MF < LL heredit(are) to inherit, deriv. of L hered- (s. of heres) HEIR + ...
hereditament
/her'i dit"euh meuhnt/, n. Law. any inheritable estate or interest in property. [1425-75; late ME < ML hereditamentum, deriv. of LL hereditare. See HEREDITABLE, -MENT] * * *
hereditarian
—hereditarianism, n. /heuh red'i tair"ee euhn/, n. 1. a person who believes that differences between individuals or groups, including moral and intellectual attributes, are ...
hereditarianism
he·red·i·tar·i·an·ism (hə-rĕd'ĭ-târʹē-ə-nĭz'əm) n. The doctrine or school that regards heredity as the primary factor in determining intelligence and behavior ...
hereditarily
See hereditary. * * *
hereditariness
See hereditarily. * * *
hereditary
—hereditarily /hi red'i tair"euh lee, -red"i ter'-/, adv. —hereditariness, n. /heuh red"i ter'ee/, adj. 1. passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring ...
hereditary peer
n (in Britain) a member of the aristocracy, usually a man, who has received his title from his father and who automatically had the right to vote in the House of Lords until the ...
hereditary peers
➡ peerage * * *
hereditary spherocytosis
▪ disease       congenital blood disorder (blood disease) characterized by an enlarged spleen, spherical (rather than disk-shaped) red blood cells (erythrocyte) of ...
hereditarydisease
hereditary disease n. See genetic disorder. * * *
hereditist
he·red·i·tist (hə-rĕdʹĭ-tĭst) n. A hereditarian. * * *
heredity
/heuh red"i tee/, n., pl. heredities. Biol. 1. the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes ...
Hereford
/herr"feuhrd, her"euh-/ for 1, 2; /her"euh feuhrd/ for 3, 5; /herr"feuhrd/ for 4, n. 1. one of an English breed of red beef cattle having a white face and white body markings. 2. ...
Hereford and Worcester
/her"euh feuhrd/ a county in W England. 585,600; 1516 sq. mi. (3926 sq. km). * * * Historic county, western England. It extended from the Welsh borderland to the industrial ...
Herefordshire
/her"euh feuhrd shear', -sheuhr/, n. a former county in W England, now part of Hereford and Worscester. * * * ▪ unitary authority, England, United Kingdom also called ...
herein
/hear in"/, adv. 1. in or into this place. 2. in this fact, circumstance, etc.; in view of this. [bef. 1000; ME; OE herinne. See HERE, IN] * * *
hereinabove
hereinabove [hir΄inbə fôr′hir΄in ə buv′] adv. in the preceding part (of this document, speech, etc.): also hereinbefore [hir΄inbə fôr′] * * * here·in·a·bove ...
hereinafter
/hear'in af"teuhr, -ahf"-/, adv. afterward in this document, statement, etc. Also, hereinbelow /hear'in bi loh"/. [1580-90; HEREIN + AFTER] * * *
hereinbefore
/hear'in bi fawr", -fohr"/, adv. before in this document, statement, etc. Also, hereinabove /hear' in euh buv"/. [1680-90; HEREIN + BEFORE] * * *
hereinto
/hear in"tooh, hear'in tooh"/, adv. 1. into this place. 2. into this matter or affair. [1585-95; HERE + INTO] * * *
Hereke carpet
 floor covering handwoven in imperial workshops founded late in the 19th century at Hereke, Turkey, about 40 miles (64 km) east of Istanbul. Large carpets and prayer rugs with ...
Hérelle, Félix d'
▪ Canadian microbiologist born April 25, 1873, Montreal, Que., Can. died Feb. 22, 1949, Paris, Fr.       French-Canadian microbiologist generally known as the ...
herem
Seph. /khe"rddem/; Ashk. /khay"rddeuhm/, n. Hebrew. the most severe form of excommunication, formerly used by rabbis in sentencing wrongdoers, usually for an indefinite period of ...
hereof
/hear uv", -ov"/, adv. 1. of this: upon the receipt hereof. 2. concerning this: more hereof later. [bef. 1050; ME, OE her of. See HERE, OF1] * * *
hereon
/hear on", -awn"/, adv. hereupon. [bef. 1000; ME her on, OE heron. See HERE, ON] * * *
Herero
/heuh rair"oh/, n., pl. Hereros, (esp. collectively) Herero for 1. 1. a member of an indigenous people of Namibia, Botswana, and Angola. 2. the Bantu language of the Herero. * * ...
Hereroland
▪ region, Namibia       geographic region of eastern Namibia, encompassing part of the western Kalahari (desert) and bordering Botswana on the ...
heres
/hear"eez/, n., pl. heredes /hi ree"deez/. Civil Law. an heir. Also, haeres. [ < L heres HEIR] * * *
heresiarch
/heuh ree"zee ahrk', -see-, her"euh see-/, n. a leader in heresy; the leader of a heretical sect. [1615-25; < LL haeresiarcha < Gk hairesiarchés the leader of a school, equiv. ...
heresimach
/heuh ree"zeuh mak', -seuh-, her"euh seuh-/, n. a person engaged in combating heresy and heretics. [1815-25; < LGk hairesimáchos, equiv. to Gk haíresi(s) HERESY + mách(e) ...
heresiography
—heresiographer, n. /heuh ree'zee og"reuh fee, -see-, her'euh see-/, n., pl. heresiographies. a treatise on heresy. [1635-45; HERESY + -O- + -GRAPHY] * * *
heresiologist
/heuh ree'zee ol"euh jist, -see-, her'euh see-/, n. a person who studies or writes about heresies. [1700-10; HERESY + -O- + -LOG(Y) + -IST] * * *
heresiology
/heuh ree'zee ol"euh jee, -see-, her'euh see-/, n., pl. heresiologies for 2. 1. the study of heresies. 2. a heresiography. [1855-60; HERESY + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
heresy
/her"euh see/, n., pl. heresies. 1. opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp. of a church or religious system. 2. the maintaining of such an ...
heretic
n. /her"i tik/; adj. /her"i tik, heuh ret"ik/, n. 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines ...
heretical
—heretically, adv. —hereticalness, n. /heuh ret"i keuhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy. [1375-1425; late ME < ML haereticalis. See HERETIC, ...
heretically
See heretical. * * *
hereticalness
See heretically. * * *
hereto
/hear tooh"/, adv. to this matter, document, subject, etc.; regarding this point: attached hereto; agreeable hereto. Also, hereunto /hear un"tooh, hear'un tooh"/. [1125-75; ME ...
heretofore
/hear'teuh fawr", -fohr"/, adv. before this time; until now. [1300-50; ME heretoforn, equiv. to here HERE + toforn, OE toforan (to TO + foran before; see FORE1)] * * *
hereunder
/hear un"deuhr/, adv. 1. under or below this; subsequent to this. 2. under authority of this. [1175-1225; ME; see HERE, UNDER] * * *
hereunto
here·un·to (hîr-ŭnʹto͞o) adv. Hereto. * * *
hereupon
/hear'euh pon", -pawn"/, adv. 1. upon or on this. 2. immediately following this. [1125-75; ME herupon. See HERE, UPON] * * *
Hereward the Wake
(11th century) a British military leader who encouraged the Anglo-Saxons to resist William the Conqueror and the Normans in 1070. His military base was the Isle of Ely in ...
herewith
/hear with", -widh"/, adv. 1. along with this. 2. by means of this; hereby. [bef. 1050; ME herwith, OE herwith. See HERE, WITH1] * * *
Hergé
▪ Belgian cartoonist pen name of  Georgés Remi  born May 22, 1907, Etterbeek, near Brussels, Belg. died March 3, 1983, Brussels       Belgian cartoonist who created ...
Hergenröther, Joseph
▪ German theologian born Sept. 15, 1824, Würzburg, Bavaria died Oct. 3, 1890, Bregenz, Austria       German theologian and church historian who, at the first Vatican ...
Hergesheimer
/herr"geuhs huy'meuhr/, n. Joseph, 1880-1954, U.S. novelist. * * *
Hergesheimer, Joseph
▪ American author born Feb. 15, 1880, Philadelphia died April 25, 1954, Sea Isle City, N.J., U.S.       American author whose novels are typically concerned with the ...
Heribert Of Antimiano
▪ archbishop of Milan Italian  Ariberto Da Antimiano  born c. 971, –980 died Jan. 16, 1045, Milan [Italy]       archbishop of Milan who for two years led his city ...
Herihor
▪ king of Egypt flourished 11th century BCE       ancient Egyptian (Egypt, ancient) army officer and high priest of Amon at Karnak ( Thebes), who founded a dynasty of ...
Hering
/hay"rdding/, n. Ewald /ay"vahlt/, 1834-1918, German physiologist and psychologist. * * *
Hering, (Karl) Ewald (Konstantin)
▪ German physiologist and psychologist born Aug. 5, 1834, Alt-Gersdorf, Saxony [Germany] died Jan. 26, 1918, Leipzig, Ger.       German physiologist and psychologist ...
heriot
/her"ee euht/, n. Eng. Law. a feudal service or tribute, originally of borrowed military equipment and later of a chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant. [bef. 900; ME ...
Heriot-Watt University
a university in Edinburgh, Scotland, established in 1966. It is known especially for teaching scientific subjects. * * *
Herisau
Ger. /hay"rddi zow'/, n. a town in and the capital of Appenzell Ausser Rhoden, in NE Switzerland. 14,000. French, Herisau /ay rddee zoh"/. * * * ▪ ...
heritability
See heritable. * * *
heritable
—heritability, n. —heritably, adv. /her"i teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary. 2. capable of inheriting. [1325-75; ME < MF, equiv. to ...
heritably
See heritability. * * *
heritage
/her"i tij/, n. 1. something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, ...
heritage centre
n (in Britain) a place like a museum which people visit to learn about life in the past. Heritage centres often contain old buildings, machines, etc. which have been made to look ...
heritage coast
n [U, C] (in Britain) an attractive area of the coast which is protected by law. There are restrictions on building on heritage coasts and wildlife is preserved, but the public ...
Heritage Day
▪ Canadian holiday       Canadian holiday celebrating the country's history and architecture. Heritage Day is not an official national holiday, though it is widely ...
Heritage Lottery Fund
➡ lotteries * * *
Heritage Open Days
a number of days every year when people can visit places and buildings in Britain which are not normally open to the public. These places are of interest because of their ...
heritance
/her"i tns/, n. Archaic. inheritance. [1350-1400; ME herita(u)nce < MF heritance, equiv. to herit(er) to inherit + -ance -ANCE; see HEIR] * * *
heritor
/her"i teuhr/, n. inheritor. [1375-1425; late ME alter. of ME heriter < MF heritier < L hereditarius HEREDITARY] * * *
Heriz
He·riz (hîrʹēz, -ēs) n. A strong, finely woven Persian rug that has patterns of flowers, garlands, and trees.   [Alteration of Heris a town of Iran.] * * *
Heriz carpet
Heriz also spelled  Herīs   floor covering handmade in any of a group of villages near the town of Herīs, lying east of Tabrīz (Tabrīz carpet) in northwest Iran. Heriz ...
Herkimer
/herr"keuh meuhr/, n. Nicholas, 1728-77, American Revolutionary general. * * * ▪ New York, United States       village, seat (1791) of Herkimer county, central New ...
Herkimer, Nicholas
▪ American general born 1728, near Herkimer, New York [U.S.] died August 16, 1777, Little Falls, New York, U.S.       American general during the American Revolution ...
herky-jerky
/herr"kee jerr"kee/, adj. progressing in a fitfully jerky or irregular manner: a herky-jerky home movie shown on an old projector. [1955-60; rhyming compound based on JERK1, ...
herl
/herrl/, n. 1. a barb of a feather, used esp. in dressing anglers' flies. 2. an artificial fly dressed with a herl. [1300-50; ME; c. MLG herle, harle, LG harl fibre, hair of flax ...
Herlihy
/herr"leuh hee/, n. James Leo, 1927-93, U.S. playwright and novelist. * * *
Herlihy, James Leo
▪ 1994       U.S. novelist, playwright, and actor (b. Feb. 27, 1927, Detroit, Mich.—d. Oct. 21, 1993, Los Angeles, Calif.), specialized in portraying troubled ...
Herling-Grudzinski, Gustaw
▪ 2001       Polish-born writer (b. May 20, 1919, Kielce, Pol.—d. July 4, 2000, Naples, Italy), wrote novels, short stories, diaries, and critical essays but was best ...
herm
/herrm/, n. a monument consisting of a four-sided shaft tapering inward from top to bottom and bearing a head or bust; those of Hermes usually had an erect penis, which passersby ...
herma
—hermaean /heuhr mee"euhn/, adj. /herr"meuh/, n., pl. hermae /-mee/, hermai /-muy/. herm. * * *
Herman
/herr"meuhn/, n. 1. Woodrow ("Woody"), born 1913, U.S. jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader. 2. a male given name: from Old English words meaning "army" and " man." * * ...
Herman De Valenciennes
▪ French poet flourished 12th century       French poet known for a scriptural poem that was very popular in his time. Born at Valenciennes, he became a priest and ...
Herman Melville
➡ Melville * * *
Herman Miller, Inc.
▪ American company       American furniture company known for innovations in design and in organizational management.       In 1923 D.J. DePree joined with his ...
Herman, Jerry
orig. Gerald Herman born July 10, 1933, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. songwriter. Herman studied drama in Miami, Fla., and wrote for TV but soon switched to theatre. After some ...
Herman, Woody
orig. Woodrow Charles Herman born May 16, 1913, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. died Oct. 29, 1987, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and leader of one of the ...
Herman,Woodrow Charles
Her·man (hûrʹmən), Woodrow Charles. Known as “Woody.” 1913-1987. American jazz musician and bandleader who for 50 years directed a series of energetic bands called the ...
hermandad
▪ Spanish organization       (Spanish: “brotherhood”), in medieval Castile, any of a number of unions of municipalities organized for specific ends—normally for ...
Hermann
(as used in expressions) Boerhaave Hermann Hermann Wilhelm Brandt Broch Hermann Ebbinghaus Hermann Fischer Emil Hermann Ford Hermann Hueffer Göring Hermann Hermann ...
Hermann I
▪ landgrave of Thuringia born c. 1156 died April 25, 1217, Gotha, Thuringia [Germany]  landgrave of Thuringia and count palatine of Saxony who helped defeat the Hohenstaufen ...
Hermann Von Reichenau
▪ German scholar byname  Hermannus Contractus, or Hermann The Lame   born July 18, 1013, Saulgau, Swabia [Germany] died Sept. 24, 1054, Reichenau Monastery, Reichenau ...
Hermann Von Salza
▪ German crusader born c. 1170 died March 20, 1239, Salerno [Italy]       German grand master (Hochmeister), from 1210 to 1239, of the organization of German crusaders ...
Hermann, (Johann) Gottfried (Jakob)
▪ German classical scholar born Nov. 28, 1772, Leipzig died Dec. 31, 1848, Leipzig       German classical scholar who led a school contending that the emphasis in ...
Hermann, Eduard
▪ German linguist born Dec. 19, 1869, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha [Germany] died Feb. 14, 1950, Göttingen, W. Ger.       German linguist who specialized in comparative ...
Hermann-Mauguin symbol
/herr"meuhn moh gan", her"mahn-/, Crystall. a notation for indicating a particular point group. [after Carl Hermann (1898-1961), German crystallographer and Charles Mauguin ...
Hermans, Willem Frederik
▪ Dutch author born Sept. 1, 1921, Amsterdam, Neth. died April 27, 1995       Dutch satirical novelist who vehemently attacked the ills and hypocrisies of ...
hermaphrodism
her·maph·ro·dism (hər-măfʹrə-dĭz'əm) n. Variant of hermaphroditism. * * *
hermaphrodite
—hermaphroditic /herr maf'reuh dit"ik/, hermaphroditical, hermaphroditish /herr maf'reuh duy"tish/, adj. —hermaphroditically, adv. /herr maf"reuh duyt'/, n. 1. an individual ...
hermaphrodite brig
a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged on the mainmast. Also called brigantine. [1830-40] * * *
hermaphroditebrig
hermaphrodite brig n. Nautical A two-masted vessel with a square-rigged foremast and a schooner-rigged mainmast. * * *
hermaphroditerig
hermaphrodite rig n. See jackass rig. * * *
hermaphroditic
hermaphroditic [hər maf΄rə dit′ik] adj. of, or having the nature of, a hermaphrodite: also hermaphroditical hermaphroditically adv. * * * See hermaphrodite. * * *
hermaphroditically
See hermaphroditic. * * *
hermaphroditism
/herr maf"reuh duy tiz'euhm/, n. the condition of being a hermaphrodite. Also, hermaphrodism /herr maf"reuh diz'euhm/. [1800-10; HERMAPHRODITE + -ISM] * * * Condition of having ...
Hermaphroditus
Hermaphroditus [hər maf΄rə dīt′əs] n. 〚L < Gr Hermaphroditos〛 Gr. Myth. the son of Hermes and Aphrodite: while bathing, he becomes united in a single body with a ...
Hermaszewski, Mirosław
▪ Polish pilot born Sept. 14, 1941, Lipniki, Wolynian Voivodshi, Pol.       Polish pilot who was the first Pole in space.       A 1965 graduate of the military ...
hermatype
—hermatypic /herr'meuh tip"ik/, adj. /herr"meuh tuyp'/, n. reef-building coral. [1975-80; < Gk hérma reef + -TYPE] * * *
Hermenegild, Saint
▪ Visigoth prince died April 13, 585, Tarragona, kingdom of the Visigoths [Spain]; canonized 1585; feast day April 13       Visigothic prince, son of Leovigild of ...
hermeneutic
—hermeneutically, adv. /herr'meuh nooh"tik, -nyooh"-/, adj. of or pertaining to hermeneutics; interpretative; explanatory. Also, hermeneutical. [1800-10; < Gk hermeneutikós ...
hermeneutically
See hermeneutic. * * *
hermeneutics
/herr'meuh nooh"tiks, -nyooh"-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) 1. the science of interpretation, esp. of the Scriptures. 2. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of ...
hermeneutist
See hermeneutics. * * *
Hermes
/herr"meez/, n. 1. the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. Cf. Mercury. 2. Astron. a small asteroid that ...
Hermes Trismegistus
a name variously ascribed by Neoplatonists and others to an Egyptian priest or to the Egyptian god Thoth, to some extent identified with the Grecian Hermes: various mystical, ...
Hermes, Georg
▪ German theologian born April 22, 1775, Dreierwalde, Münster died May 26, 1831, Bonn       German Roman Catholic theologian, originator of the theological system ...
HermesTrismegistus
Hermes Tris·me·gis·tus (trĭs'mə-jĭsʹtəs, trĭz'-) n. Mythology Hermes as identified with the Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and ...
hermetic
/herr met"ik/, adj. 1. made airtight by fusion or sealing. 2. not affected by outward influence or power; isolated. 3. (sometimes cap.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of ...
Hermetic writings
Occult texts on philosophical or theological subjects ascribed to Hermes Trismegistos ("Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"), identical to the Egyptian god Thoth, who was credited with ...
hermetically
/herr met"ik lee/, adv. so as to be airtight: hermetically sealed. [1595-1605; HERMETIC + -ALLY] * * *
Hermeticism
—Hermeticist, adj., n. /herr met"euh siz'euhm/, n. (sometimes l.c.). 1. the body of ideas set forth in Hermetic writings. 2. adherence to the ideas expressed in Hermetic ...
hermetism
hermetism [hʉr′mə tiz΄əm] n. the doctrines and beliefs expressed in hermetic writings * * *
Hermione
/herr muy"euh nee'/, n. 1. the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. 2. a female given name. * * *
hermit
—hermitic, hermitical, hermitish, adj. —hermitically, adv. —hermitlike, adj. —hermitry, hermitship, n. /herr"mit/, n. 1. a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place ...
hermit crab
any of numerous crabs, esp. of the genera Pagurus and Eupagurus, that protect their soft uncovered abdomen by occupying the castoff shell of a univalve mollusk. [1725-35] * * ...
Hermit Kingdom
Korea during the period, c1637-c1876, when it was cut off from contact with all countries except China. * * *
Hermit of St. Augustine
Rom. Cath. Ch. a member of an order of mendicant friars, founded in 1256. [1700-10] * * *
hermit thrush
a North American thrush, Hylocichla guttata, noted for its complex and appealing song. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
hermit warbler
☆ hermit warbler n. a common wood warbler (Dendroica occidentalis) of W North America, with a yellow-and-black head, a gray back, and white underparts * * *
hermitage
/herr"mi tij/ or, for 3, /er'mi tahzh"/, n. 1. the habitation of a hermit. 2. any secluded place of residence or habitation; retreat; hideaway. 3. (cap.) a palace in Leningrad ...
Hermitage (museum)
Largest museum in Russia and one of the most important in the world. Located in St. Petersburg, it derives its name from the "Hermitage" pavilion adjoining the Winter Palace, ...
hermitcrab
hermit crab n. Any of various crabs belonging to a group within the order Decapoda that protect their soft unarmored abdomens by occupying and carrying about the empty shells of ...
Hermite
/heuhr meet"/; Fr. /erdd meet"/, n. Charles /shannrddl/, 1822-1901, French mathematician. * * *
Hermite, Charles
▪ French mathematician born Dec. 24, 1822, Dieuze, Fr. died Jan. 14, 1901, Paris  French mathematician whose work in the theory of functions includes the application of ...
Hermitian conjugate
/heuhr mee"sheuhn/, Math. adjoint (def. 2). [1960-65; after C. HERMITE; see -IAN] * * *
Hermitian matrix
Math. a matrix, whose entries are complex numbers, equal to the transpose of the matrix whose entries are the conjugates of the entries of the given matrix. [1925-30; after C. ...
hermitic
See hermit. * * *
hermitical
See hermitic. * * *
hermitically
See hermitic. * * *
hermitthrush
hermit thrush n. A North American bird (Catharus guttatus) having brownish plumage, a spotted breast, a reddish tail, and a distinctive melodious song. * * *
Hermocrates
▪ Greek diplomat died 408/407 BC       leader of the moderate democrats of Syracuse, Sicily; he played an important role in saving the city from conquest by the ...
Hermod
/her"moohd, -mood/, n. Scand. Myth. a son of Odin who rode to Hel to negotiate for the return of Balder to Asgard. * * *
Hermon
/herr"meuhn/, n. Mount, a mountain in SW Syria, in the Anti-Lebanon range. 9232 ft. (2814 m). * * *
Hermon, Mount
Arabic Jabal al-Shaykh Snowcapped mountain on the Lebanese-Syrian border. Located west of Damascus and rising to 9,232 ft (2,814 m), it is the highest point on the eastern ...
Hermon,Mount
Her·mon (hûrʹmən), Mount The highest peak, 2,815.8 m (9,232 ft), of the Anti-Lebanon Range on the Syria-Lebanon border. It was sacred to the worshipers of Baal and is ...
Hermonthis
Ancient town, Upper Egypt. Located near Thebes on the western bank of the Nile River and now an archaeological site, it was the seat of a sun cult and was a royal coronation ...
Hermopolis Magna
▪ ancient city, Egypt modern  Al-Ashmūnayn        ancient town of Upper Egypt, located on the Nile River south of Al-Minyā in Al-Minyā muḥāfaẓah ...
Hermosa Beach
/heuhr moh"seuh/ a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 18,070. * * *
Hermosillo
/erdd'maw see"yaw/, n. a city in and the capital of Sonora, in NW Mexico. 281,300. * * * City (pop., 2000: 545,928), capital of Sonora state, northwestern Mexico. On the ...
Hermoúpolis
▪ Greece Modern Greek  Ermoúpolis    chief port of the island of Syros (part of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea) and capital of Cyclades nomós (department), Greece. ...
hern
hern1 /herrn/, n. Dial. heron. hern2 /herrn, herr"euhn/, pron. Nonstandard. hers (def. 2). Also, her'n. [ME hiren; by assoc. with my, mine, thy, thine, etc.] * * *
Hern, Maj. William Richard
▪ 2003 “Dick”; “The Major”        British racehorse trainer (b. Jan. 20, 1921, Holford, Somerset, Eng.—d. May 22, 2002, Oxford, Eng.), saddled the winners of ...
Hernández
/erdd nahn"des/, n. José /haw se"/, 1834-86, Argentine poet. * * *
Hernández Colón, Rafael
▪ governor of Puerto Rico born October 24, 1936, Ponce, Puerto Rico       Puerto Rican politician and lawyer, who served as governor of Puerto Rico (1973–77; ...
Hernandez, Amalia
▪ 2001       Mexican folk dancer and choreographer (b. 1917, Mexico City, Mex.—d. Nov. 4, 2000, Mexico City), was founder of the internationally renowned Ballet ...
Hernández, Felisberto
▪ Uruguayan writer born October 20, 1902, Montevideo, Uruguay died January 13, 1964, Montevideo       one of the most original Latin American short-story writers. ...
Hernández, Gregorio
▪ Spanish sculptor also called  Gregorio Fernández   born c. 1576, , Sarria?, Spain died Jan. 22, 1636, Valladolid       Spanish sculptor whose works are among the ...
Hernández, José
▪ Argentine poet born Nov. 10, 1834, Chacra de Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires died Oct. 21, 1886, Belgrano, near Buenos Aires  Argentine poet, best known for his depiction of the ...
Hernandez, Maria Julia
▪ 2008       El Salvadoran human rights activist born Jan. 30, 1939 , Honduras died March 30, 2007 , San Salvador, El Salvador devoted her life to chronicling and ...
Hernández, Miguel
▪ Spanish author born Oct. 30, 1910, Orihuela, Spain died March 28, 1942, Alicante       Spanish poet and dramatist who combined traditional lyric forms with ...
Hernandez, Orlando
▪ 2000       When the New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves in October 1999 to win their second consecutive World Series, leading the way ...
Herndon
/herrn"deuhn/, n. William Henry 1. 1818-91, U.S. law partner and biographer of Abraham Lincoln. 2. a town in NE Virginia. 11,449. * * *
Herne
/herrn/, n. 1. James A(hern) /euh herrn"/, 1839-1901, U.S. actor and playwright. 2. a city in W Germany, in the Ruhr region. 174,200. * * * ▪ Germany       city, North ...
Herne Bay
▪ England, United Kingdom       town, Canterbury City (Canterbury) district, on the north coast of the administrative and historic county of Kent, southeastern England. ...
Herne The Hunter
▪ English folklore  phantom hunter who haunts Windsor Great Park, impersonated by Falstaff in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Though Herne may have been an actual ...
Herne, James A.
orig. James Ahearn born Feb. 1, 1839, Troy, N.Y., U.S. died June 2, 1901, New York, N.Y. U.S. playwright. He worked as a traveling actor before achieving success with his ...
hernia
—hernial, adj. /herr"nee euh/, n., pl. hernias, herniae /-nee ee'/. Pathol. the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an opening in its surrounding walls, esp. in the ...
hernial
See hernia. * * *
herniate
—herniation, n. /herr"nee ayt'/, v.i., herniated, herniating. to protrude abnormally from an enclosed cavity or from the body so as to constitute a hernia. [1875-80; HERNI(A) + ...
herniated disk
Pathol. an abnormal protrusion of a spinal disk between vertebrae, most often in the lumbar region of the spine, causing pain due to pressure on spinal nerves. Also called ...
herniation
See herniate. * * *
Hernici
▪ people       ancient people of Italy, whose territory was in Latium between the Fucine Lake (modern Fucino) and the Trerus (modern Sacco) River, bounded by the Volsci ...
Herning
▪ Denmark       city, west central Jutland, Denmark. Large-scale reclamation of surrounding heaths stimulated its growth from a rural village in the 1870s to a ...
hernio-
a combining form representing hernia in compound words: herniotomy. * * *
hernioplasty
/herr"nee euh plas'tee/, n., pl. hernioplasties. Surg. an operation for the repair of a hernia. [HERNIO- + -PLASTY] * * *
herniorrhaphy
/herr'nee awr"euh fee, -or"-/, n., pl. herniorrhaphies. Surg. correction of a hernia by a suturing procedure. [1915-20; HERNIO- + -RRHAPHY] * * *
herniotomy
/herr'nee ot"euh mee/, n., pl. herniotomies. Surg. correction of a hernia by a cutting procedure. [1805-15; HERNIO- + -TOMY] * * *
hernshaw
/herrn"shaw/, n. Brit. Dial. a heron. [1555-65; var. of dial. heronsew, ME < MF heronceau, heroncel, dim. of heron HERON] * * *
hero
—herolike, adj. /hear"oh/, n., pl. heroes; for 5 also heros. 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. 2. a person who, in ...
Hero
/hear"oh/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her. 2. Also, Heron. (Hero of ...
Hero and Leander
Lovers celebrated in Greek legend. Hero, a virgin priestess of Aphrodite, was seen by Leander of Abydos during a festival, and the two fell in love. He swam the Hellespont ...
hero sandwich
a large sandwich, usually consisting of a small loaf of bread or long roll cut in half lengthwise and containing a variety of ingredients, as meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. ...
hero worship
1. a profound reverence for great people or their memory. 2. extravagant or excessive admiration for a personal hero. [1765-75] * * *
Hero's formula
/hear"ohz/, Geom. the formula for the area of a triangle when the sides are given: for a triangle with sides a, b, and c, the area is equal to sqrt(s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)), where s is ...
hero-worship
—hero-worshiper, n. /hear"oh werr'ship/, v.t., hero-worshiped, hero-worshiping or (esp. Brit.) hero-worshipped, hero-worshipping. to feel or express hero worship ...
hero-worshiper
See hero-worship. * * *
Herod
/her"euhd/, n. ("the Great") 73?-4 B.C., king of Judea 37-4. * * * I known as Herod the Great born 73 BC died March/April, 4 BC, Jericho, Judaea Roman-appointed king of Judaea ...
Herod Agrippa
/euh grip"euh/, (Julius Agrippa) c10 B.C.-A.D. 44, king of Judea 41-44 (grandson of Herod the Great). * * *
Herod Agrippa I
Herod Agrippa I 10? B.C.-A.D. 44; king of Judea (37-44); grandson of Herod (the Great) * * * orig. Marcus Julius Agrippa born с 10 BC died AD 44 King of Judaea (AD ...
Herod Agrippa II
▪ king of Chalcis born AD 27 died c. 93       king of Chalcis in southern Lebanon from AD 50 and tetrarch of Batanaea and Trachonitis in south Syria from AD 53, who ...
Herod Antipas
/an"ti pas'/ died after A.D. 39, ruler of Galilee, A.D. 4-39: ordered the execution of John the Baptist and participated in the trial of Jesus. * * * born 21 BC died AD 39 Son ...
Herod Archelaus
▪ king of Judaea born 22 BC, Judaea died c. AD 18, , Gaul       son and principal heir of Herod I the Great as king of Judaea, deposed by Rome because of his ...
HerodAntipas
Herod An·ti·pas (ănʹtĭ-păs', -pəs), Died c. A.D. 40. Ruler of Judea and tetrarch in Galilee (4 B.C.-A.D. 40). His marriage to his niece Herodias was denounced by John the ...
Herodas
▪ Greek poet also called  Herondas   flourished 3rd century BC       Greek poet, probably of the Aegean island of Cos, author of mimes—short dramatic scenes in ...
Herodes Atticus
▪ Greek orator and author in full  Lucius Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes   born AD 101, Marathon, Achaea died 177  most celebrated of the orators ...
Herodian
/heuh roh"dee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Herod the Great, his family, or its partisans. n. 2. a partisan of the house of Herod. 3. a member of a political group that ...
Herodias
/heuh roh"dee euhs/, n. the second wife of Herod Antipas and the mother of Salome: she told Salome to ask Herod for the head of John the Baptist. * * * ▪ queen of ...


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