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Kalemie
/keuh lay"mee/, n. a city in the E Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Lake Tanganyika. 87,000. Formerly, Albertville. * * *
kalendar
/kal"euhn deuhr/, n. calendar. * * *
kalends
/kal"euhndz/, n. (usually used with a pl. v.) calends. * * *
Kalenjin
▪ people       any member of the Kipsikis (Kipsigis), Nandi, Pokot, or other related peoples of west-central Kenya, northern Tanzania, and Uganda who speak Southern ...
Kaleva
/kah"le veuh/, n. a hero and progenitor of heroes in Finnish and Estonian folk epics. * * *
Kalevala
/kah'leuh vah"leuh/; Fin. /kah"le vah'lah/, n. 1. (italics) the national epic of Finland (1835, enlarged 1849), compiled and arranged by Elias Lönnrot from popular lays of the ...
kaleyard
/kayl"yahrd'/, n. Scot. a kitchen garden. Also, kailyard. [1715-25; KALE + YARD2] * * *
kaleyard school
a school of writers describing homely life in Scotland, with much use of Scottish dialect: in vogue toward the close of the 19th century. Also, kailyard school. [1895-1900] * * *
Kalf, Willem
or Willem Kalff born Nov. 3, 1619, Rotterdam, Neth. died July 31, 1693, Amsterdam Dutch painter. He is among the best-known Dutch painters of still lifes. His early works ...
Kalgan
/kahl"gahn"/, n. Zhangjiakou. * * * ▪ China Introduction Chinese (Pinyin)  Zhangjiakou , (Wade-Giles romanization)  Chang-chia-k'ou        city in northwestern ...
Kalgoorlie
/kal goor"lee/, n. a city in SW Australia: chief center of gold-mining industry in Australia. 9201, with suburbs 19,848. * * * ▪ Western Australia, ...
Kali
/kah"lee/, n. Hinduism. the wife of Shiva and the malevolent form of the Mother Goddess. Cf. Parvati. * * * Destructive and devouring Hindu goddess. She is a terrifying aspect ...
Kali Yuga
/kul'ee yoog"euh/, Hinduism. the fourth and present age of the world, full of conflict and sin. [ < Skt] * * *
kalian
/kahl yahn"/, n. a Persian tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water; hookah. [1825-35; < Pers qalyan] * * *
Kalibangan
▪ ancient site, India       ancient site of the Indus valley civilization (Indus civilization), in northern Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. The site ...
Kalidasa
/kah'li dah"seuh/, n. fl. 5th century A.D., Hindu dramatist and poet. Also, Kalidasa. * * * flourished с 5th century Indian poet and dramatist. Little is known about him; his ...
kalif
/kay"lif, kal"if/, n. caliph. * * *
kalifate
/kal"euh fayt', -fit, kay"leuh-/, n. caliphate. * * *
Kālīghāṭ painting
▪ Indian art       short-lived style of watercolour painting produced in the 19th century in India by artists in the Calcutta marketplace for sale to pilgrims visiting ...
Kalimantan
/kah'lee mahn"tahn/, n. Indonesian name of Borneo, esp. referring to the southern, or Indonesian, part. * * * ▪ region, Indonesia       southern three-quarters of the ...
Kalimantan Barat
▪ province, Indonesia also called  West Kalimantan,        provinsi (“province”), western Borneo, Indonesia, bounded on the north by the East Malaysian state of ...
Kalimantan Selatan
▪ province, Indonesia also called  South Kalimantan        provinsi (“province”), southeastern Borneo, Indonesia, bounded by the Makassar Strait on the east, the ...
Kalimantan Tengah
▪ province, Indonesia also called  Central Kalimantan,         provinsi (“province”), south-central Borneo, Indonesia, bounded by Kalimantan Barat province on the ...
Kalimantan Timur
▪ province, Indonesia also called  East Kalimantan,         provinsi (“province”), east-central Borneo, Indonesia, fronting the Celebes Sea to the northeast and ...
kalimba
/keuh lim"beuh/, n. mbira. [1950-55; the instrument's name in a number of Bantu languages of East Africa, e.g., Bisa, Lala (Zambia), Tumbuka, Nyanja (Malawi); cf. MARIMBA] * * *
Kálimnos
▪ island, Greece       mountainous Greek island in the Aegean Sea, part of the Dodecanese group, 42 square miles (111 square km) in area. The capital, Kálimnos ...
Kalimpong
▪ India       town, extreme northern West Bengal state, northeastern India, lying just east of the Tista River. The town, a hill station in the Siwalik (Shiwalik) ...
Kaline, Al
▪ American athlete in full  Albert William Kaline , byname  Mr. Tiger  born December 19, 1934, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.       professional baseball player, an ...
Kalinga
Ancient kingdom, northeastern India. It corresponds to the area of modern northern Andhra Pradesh, most of Orissa, and a portion of Chhattisgarh. It was conquered by Mahapadma, ...
Kalinin
/keuh lee"nin/; Russ. /ku lyee"nyin/, n. 1. Mikhail Ivanovich /myi khu yeel" ee vah"neuh vyich/, 1875-1946, Russian revolutionary: president of the U.S.S.R. 1923-46. 2. former ...
Kalinin, Mikhail (Ivanovich)
born Nov. 19, 1875, Verkhnyaya Troitsa, Russia died June 3, 1946, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. Russian communist leader and statesman. An early supporter of the Bolsheviks, he ...
Kalinin, Mikhail Ivanovich
▪ Soviet statesman born November 7 [November 19, New Style], 1875, Verkhnyaya Troitsa, Tver province, Russia died June 3, 1946, Moscow       communist leader and ...
Kalinin,Mikhail Ivanovich
Kalinin, Mikhail Ivanovich. 1875-1946. Russian politician who participated in the revolution of 1917 and was head of state as chairman of the All-Union Central Executive ...
Kaliningrad
/keuh lee"nin grad', -grahd', kah-/; Russ. /keuh lyi nyin grddaht"/, n. a seaport in the W Russian Federation in Europe, on the Bay of Danzig. 380,000. German, Königsberg. * * ...
kalinite
/kal"euh nuyt', kay"leuh-/, n. a mineral, hydrous sulfate of potassium and aluminum, chemically similar to alum. [1865-70; < NL kali(um) potassium (see ALKALI, -IUM) + intrusive ...
kaliophilite
      variety of the mineral nepheline (q.v.). * * *
kaliph
/kay"lif, kal"if/, n. caliph. * * *
Kalisky, René
▪ Belgian author born July 20, 1936, Brussels, Belgium died May 2, 1981, Paris, France       Belgian writer of Polish descent who is best known for the plays he wrote ...
Kalispel
/kal"euh spel', kal'euh spel"/, n. a Salishan language used by the Flathead Indians of Montana and by some neighboring tribes in Idaho and the western part of Washington. * * *
Kalispell
/kal"euh spel', kal'euh spel"/, n. a city in NW Montana. 10,648. * * * ▪ Montana, United States       city, seat (1894) of Flathead county, northwestern Montana, U.S. ...
Kalisz
/kah"lish/, n. a city in central Poland. 81,200. German, Kalisch /kah"lish/. * * * ▪ Poland       city, Wielkopolskie województwo (province), west-central Poland, ...
Kalkbrenner, Friedrich
▪ French-German musician in full  Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner , also called (during his stay in France)  Frédéric Kalkbrenner  born November 1785, near Kassel, ...
Kalkin
▪ Hindu god also called  Kalki,         final avatar (incarnation) of the Hindu god Vishnu, who is yet to appear. At the end of the present Kali age, when virtue and ...
Kallai, Gyula
▪ 1997       Hungarian politician who helped restore communist rule in Hungary after the 1956 pro-democracy uprising and later held numerous government positions, ...
Kállay, Benjamin
▪ Austro-Hungarian statesman in full  Benjamin Kállay Von Nagy-kálló  born December 22, 1839, Pest [now in Budapest], Hungary, Austrian Empire died July 13, 1903, Vienna, ...
Kállay, Miklós
▪ prime minister of Hungary born Jan. 23, 1887, Nyíregyháza, Hung., Austria-Hungary died Jan. 14, 1967, New York, N.Y., U.S.       politician who, as prime minister ...
Kallen, Lucille
▪ 2000       American comedy writer who was the sole woman on the team that from 1950 to 1954 created the comedy sketches for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca's classic ...
Kallérgis, Dimítrios
▪ Greek statesman born 1803, Crete, Ottoman Empire [now in Greece] died Jan. 24, 1867, Athens, Greece       statesman prominent in the early years of Greek ...
Kallikak
/kal"i kak'/, n. the fictitious name of an actual family that was the focus of a sociological study: one branch of feeble-minded descendants were mostly social degenerates, while ...
kallikrein
kallikrein [kal΄i krē′in] n. any of a group of proteolytic enzymes in the blood, urine, etc. that release a kinin from various globulins * * *
Kalliope
/keuh luy"euh pee/, n. Class. Myth. calliope (def. 2). * * *
Kallisto
/keuh lis"toh/, n. Class. Myth. Callisto (def. 1). * * *
Kallithéa
Kal·li·thé·a (kăl'ĭ-thāʹə, kä'lē-thāʹä) A city of east-central Greece, an industrial suburb of Athens. Population: 117,319. * * *
Kálmán, Emmerich
▪ Hungarian composer Hungarian form  Kálmán Imre  born Oct. 24, 1882, Siófok, Hung. died Oct. 30, 1953, Paris, France       Hungarian composer, one of the leading ...
Kalman, Tibor
▪ 2000       Hungarian-born American graphic designer (b. July 6, 1949, Budapest, Hung.—d. May 2, 1999, near San Juan, P.R.), was considered a revolutionary for his ...
Kalmar
—Kalmarian /kal mair"ee en/, adj. /kahl"mahr/, n. a seaport in SE Sweden, on Kalmar Sound. 52,846. * * * ▪ Sweden       city, port, and capital of the län (county) ...
Kalmar Sound
a strait between SE Sweden and Öland Island. 85 mi. (137 km) long; 14 mi. (23 km) wide. * * *
Kalmar Union
(1397–1523) Scandinavian union that joined the kingdoms of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark under the rule of a single monarch. Margaret I had become regent of the three kingdoms ...
Kalmar War
▪ Denmark-Sweden       (1611–13), the war between Denmark and Sweden for control of the northern Norwegian coast and hinterland, which resulted in Sweden's acceptance ...
kalmia
/kal"mee euh/, n. any North American evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Kalmia, of the heath family, having showy flowers, as the mountain laurel. [ < NL (Linnaeus), after ...
Kalmuck
/kal"muk, kal muk"/, n. 1. a member of any of a group of Buddhistic Mongol tribes of a region extending from western China to the valley of the lower Volga River. 2. a Mongolian ...
Kalmyk
I. Kal·myk1 (kălʹmĭk, kăl-mĭkʹ) also Kal·muck or Kal·muk (kălʹmŭk, kăl-mŭkʹ) n. pl. Kalmyk or Kal·myks also Kalmuck or Kal·mucks or Kalmuk or Kal·muks 1. A ...
Kalmykia
/kal mik"ee euh/; Russ. /kul mi"kyeuh/, n. an autonomous republic in the Russian Federation in Europe, on the NW shore of the Caspian Sea. 293,000; 75,900 sq. mi. (196,581 sq. ...
Kalmykiya
▪ republic, Russia also spelled  Kalmykia,  Mongolian  Khalmg Tangch        republic in southwestern Russia, lying northwest of the Caspian Sea and west of the ...
Kálnoky von Köröspatak, Gusztav Siegmund, Graf (count)
▪ Austro-Hungarian statesman born Dec. 29, 1832, Lettowitz, Moravia [now Letovice, Czech Republic] died Feb. 13, 1898, Prödlitz [now Brodek]       Austro-Hungarian ...
Kalocsa
▪ Hungary       town, Bács-Kiskun megye (county), central Hungary, located just east of the Danube River. It was one of the bishoprics founded by the first king of ...
kalong
/kah"lawng, -long/, n. a large flying fox of Southeast Asia. [1815-25; < Javanese] * * *
Kaloyan
or Kalojan died Oct. 1207, near Thessaloníki Tsar of Bulgaria (1197–1207). The younger brother of the founders of the Second Bulgarian Empire, Kaloyan sought to maintain ...
kalpa
/kul"peuh/, n. Hinduism. a thousand cycles of Maha Yugas. [1785-95; < Skt] * * *
Kalpa-sūtra
▪ Hindu literature       manual of Hindu religious practice, a number of which emerged within the different schools of the Veda, the earliest sacred literature of India. ...
kalpac
kal·pac (kălʹpăk', kăl-păkʹ) n. Variant of calpac. * * *
kalpak
/kal"pak/, n. calpac. * * *
kalpis
/kal"pis/, n. a form of the hydria. [ < Gk kálpis pitcher] * * *
kalsomine
/kal"seuh muyn', -min/, n., v.t., kalsomined, kalsomining. calcimine. * * *
Kaltenbrunner, Ernst
▪ Austrian Nazi born Oct. 4, 1903, Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary died Oct. 16, 1946, Nürnberg, Ger.       Austrian Nazi, leader of the Austrian SS and subsequently ...
Kaluga
/ku looh"geuh/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, SW of Moscow. 291,000. * * * ▪ Russia       city and administrative centre of Kaluga oblast (region), ...
Kalulushi
▪ Zambia       town, north-central Zambia, southern Africa. Kalulushi is located near the Congo (Kinshasa) border and is about 175 miles (280 km) north of Lusaka, with ...
Kalundborg
▪ Denmark       city, northwestern Sjælland (Zealand), Denmark, situated on Kalundborg Fjord. A favourite royal seat in the European Middle Ages (chartered 1485), its ...
Kalush
▪ Ukraine       city, southwestern Ukraine. It is approximately 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Lviv and is on the Ivano-Frankivsk–Stryy rail line. The existence of ...
Kalutara
▪ Sri Lanka       town, southwestern Sri Lanka. The town, situated on the coast, is a fishing and trade centre. The local craft is making rope, baskets, and other ...
Kalvis
▪ Baltic religion also called  Kalvaitis , or  Kalvelis  (Lithuanian), Latvian  Kalējs        in Baltic religion, the heavenly smith, usually associated with a ...
Kálvos, Andréas Ioannídis
▪ Greek poet born April 1792, Zacynthus, Venetian Republic [now Zákinthos, Greece] died Nov. 3, 1869, London       Greek poet who brought an Italian Neoclassical ...
Kalyan
▪ India       city, western Maharashtra (Mahārāshtra) state, western India. It is located on the Ulhas River northeast of Mumbai (Bombay) and is part of the Greater ...
Kalypso
/keuh lip"soh/, n. Class. Myth. Calypso (def. 1). * * *
Kam
/kahm/, n. a Kam-Tai language spoken in southern China. * * *
Kam'yanets-Podilskyy
▪ Ukraine Russian  Kamenets-Podolsky , Polish  Kamieniec Podolski        city, western Ukraine, on the Smotrych River. The city is one of the largest and oldest in ...
Kam-Tai
/kahm"tuy"/, n. a linguistic family including Kam and related languages as well as the Tai and Kadai groups. * * *
Kama
/kah"meuh/, n. a river in the E Russian Federation in Europe, flowing from the central Ural Mountains region into the Volga River S of Kazan. 1200 mi. (1930 km) long. /kah"meuh/, ...
Kama River
River, west-central Russia. The largest tributary of the Volga River, it rises in Udmurtiya and flows for 1,122 mi (1,805 km) until it enters the Volga below Kazan. Navigation ...
Kama Sutra
Kama Sutra [kä΄mə so͞o′trə] n. 〚Sans kāmasūtra < kāma, love (see KAMA1, the god) + sūtra, thread, guide line, manual〛 a Hindu religious treatise written c.A.D. ...
kāma-dhātu
      in Buddhism, the realm of feeling. See arūpa-loka. * * *
kāma-loka
      in Buddhism, the world of feeling. See arūpa-loka. * * *
kamaaina
/kah'meuh uy"neuh/, n. a longtime resident of Hawaii. [1900-05; < Hawaiian kama'aina native born, equiv. to kama child, person + 'aina land, earth] * * *
kamacite
/kam"euh suyt'/, n. a nickel-iron alloy found in meteorites. [1885-90; < G (obs.) Kamacit < Gk kamak- (s. of kámax) pole + G -it -ITE1] * * * ▪ mineral  mineral consisting ...
Kamadhenu
/kah'meuh day"nooh/, n. Hindu Myth. a celestial cow whose milk is life, and one of whose milkings is the visible world. [ < Skt kamadhenu, equiv. to kama love + dhenu cow] * * *
Kamaishi
▪ Japan       city, Iwate ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, facing Kamaishi Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Kamaishi was a small fishing village until magnetite was discovered ...
Kamakura
/kah"mah kooh"rddah/, n. 1. a city on S Honshu, in central Japan, on Sagami Bay: great bronze statue of Buddha. 172,612. 2. the first period, 1185-1333, during which Japan was ...
Kamakura period
(1192–1333) Period of Japanese history marked by the country's first era of military government. The Kamakura shogunate was established by Minamoto Yoritomo after his 1185 ...
Kamakura-bori
▪ Japanese lacquerwork       (Japanese: “Kamakura carving”), in Japanese lacquerwork, technique in which designs are carved in wood and then coated with red or black ...
kamala
/keuh may"leuh, kam"euh leuh, kum"-/, n. a powder from the capsules of an East Indian tree, Mallotus philippinensis, of the spurge family, used as a yellow dye and in medicine as ...
kamanjā
▪ musical instrument also called  kemanche , or  kamānche        stringed instrument of the fiddle family prominent in Arab and Persian art music. It is a spike ...
Kamaraj, Kumaraswami
▪ Indian statesman born July 15, 1903, Virudunagar, India died Oct. 2, 1975, Madras [now Chennai]       Indian statesman who rose from the Nadar (next-to-lowest) caste ...
Kamarān
▪ island, Yemen       island in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, to which it belongs. The largest member of an archipelago, it is 22 square miles (57 square km) in ...
Kamáres ware
▪ pottery  style of painted pottery associated with the palace culture that flourished on Crete during the Middle Minoan (Minoan civilization) period (c. 2100–c. 1550 BC). ...
Kamarhati
Ka·mar·ha·ti (kä'mär-häʹtē) A city of northeast India, an industrial suburb of Calcutta on the Hugli River. Population: 266,889. * * * ▪ India       city, ...
Kamarupa
▪ ancient state, India also called  Kamata        ancient Indian state corresponding roughly to what is now the state of Assam, in northeastern India. This region ...
Kamasutra
Ka·ma·su·tra (kä'mə-so͞oʹtrə) n. A Sanskrit treatise setting forth rules for sensuous and sensual pleasure, love, and marriage in accordance with Hindu law.   [Sanskrit ...
Kamba
/kahm"beuh/, n. 1. an agricultural people of central Kenya, renowned as traders and woodcarvers. 2. the Bantu language of the Kamba. * * * ▪ people       Bantu-speaking ...
kambal
/kum"beuhl/, n. (in India) a blanket or shawl made of coarse wool. [ < Hindi < Skt kambala] * * *
Kambalda
▪ Western Australia, Australia       mining town, southern Western Australia. It lies 37 miles (60 km) south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Gold was mined there from 1896 to ...
Kamban, Gudmundur
▪ Icelandic author in full  Gudmundur Jonsson Hallgrimsson Kamban   born June 8, 1888, Álfranes, Iceland died May 5, 1945, Copenhagen, Denmark       one of Iceland's ...
Kamchadal
/kahm'cheuh dahl", kahm"cheuh dahl'/, n., pl. Kamchadals, (esp. collectively) Kamchadal. Itelmen. * * *
Kamchatka
—Kamchatkan, adj., n. /kam chaht"keuh, -chat"-/; Russ. /kum chyaht"keuh/, n. a peninsula in the NE Russian Federation in Asia, extending S between the Bering Sea and the Sea of ...
Kamchatka Peninsula
Peninsula, eastern Russia. It lies between the Sea of Okhotsk on the west and the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea on the east. It is 750 mi (1,200 km) long and 300 mi (480 km) ...
Kamchatka River
▪ river, Russia also spelled  Kamčatka,         river, far eastern Russia. It rises in the Sredinny (“Central”) Range of the Kamchatka Peninsula and flows north ...
kame
kame1 /kaym/, n. Physical Geog. a ridge or mound of stratified drift left by a retreating ice sheet. [1860-65 for this sense; special use of Scots, N dial. kame comb (ME (dial.) ...
Kamehameha
(as used in expressions) Kamehameha I Kamehameha the Great Kamehameha IV * * *
Kamehameha Day
June 11, observed in Hawaii as a holiday in celebration of the birth of Kamehameha I. * * *
Kamehameha I
/kah may"hah may"hah, keuh may"euh may"euh/, ("the Great") 1737?-1819, king of the Hawaiian Islands 1810-19. * * * orig. Paiea known as Kamehameha the Great born November ...
Kamehameha II
▪ king of Hawaii also called  Liholiho   born 1797, Hawaii island died July 14, 1824, London, Eng.  king of Hawaii from 1819 to 1824, son of Kamehameha I.       In ...
Kamehameha III
▪ king of Hawaii also called  Kauikeaouli   born March 7, 1814, Hawaiian Islands died Dec. 15, 1854, Honolulu, Oahu       king of Hawaii from 1825 to 1854, brother of ...
Kamehameha IV
orig. Alexander Liholiho born Feb. 9, 1834, Ewa, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands died Nov. 30, 1863, Honolulu, Oahu Hawaiian ruler (1855–63). Adopted as a child by his uncle, ...
Kamehameha V
▪ king of Hawaii also called  Lot Kamehameha   born Dec. 11, 1830, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands [now in U.S.] died Dec. 11, 1872, Honolulu  king of Hawaii from 1863 to ...
KamehamehaI
Ka·me·ha·me·ha I (kə-mā'ə-māʹə), Known as “Kamehameha the Great.” 1758?-1819. King of the Hawaiian Islands (1795-1819) who conquered and united all the islands ...
kamelaukion
/kah mee lahf"kee awn/; Eng. /kam'euh law"kee on', kah'meuh low"-/, n., pl. kamelaukia /-kee ah/; Eng. /-kee euh/, kamelaukions. Gk. Orth. Ch. a tall, black, brimless, ...
Kamen, Dean
▪ 2003       In 2002 nearly half the U.S. states changed their laws so that inventor Dean Kamen's high-tech Segway Human Transporter could be legally ridden on sidewalks ...
Kamen, Martin David
▪ 2003       Canadian-born chemist (b. Aug. 27, 1913, Toronto, Ont.—d. Aug. 31, 2002, Santa Barbara, Calif.), discovered (1940), with Samuel Ruben, radioactive ...
Kamen-na-Obi
▪ Russia       city and administrative centre of Kamensky rayon (sector), Altay kray (territory), south-central Russia. A port on the Ob River, it was founded in 1670 ...
Kamenev, Lev (Borisovich)
orig. Lev Borisovich Rosenfeld born July 18, 1883, Moscow, Russia died Aug. 24, 1936, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. Russian political leader. A member of the Bolsheviks from 1903, ...
Kamenev, Lev Borisovich
▪ Soviet government official original name Lev Borisovich Rosenfeld born July 18, 1883, Moscow, Russia died Aug. 24, 1936, Moscow  Old Bolshevik and prominent member of the ...
Kamenev,Lev Borisovich
Ka·me·nev (käʹmə-nĕf, -mĭ-nyĭf), Lev Borisovich. 1883-1936. Russian Communist leader who ruled with Stalin and Zinoviev after the death of Lenin (1924) but was expelled ...
Kamenshek, Dorothy
▪ American baseball player born Dec. 21, 1925, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.       American athlete, one of the stars of women's professional baseball, who was considered a ...
Kamensk-Shakhtinsky
▪ Russia also spelled  Kamensk-Šachtinskij        city, Rostov oblast (region), southwestern Russia, on the Seversky (“Northern”) Donets River. Founded in 1686 ...
Kamensk-Uralski
/kah"meuhnsk yoo ral"skee/; Russ. /kah"myinsk ooh rddahl"skyee/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Asia, near the Ural Mountains. 198,000. Also, Kamensk Uralskiy. * * *
Kamensk-Uralsky
▪ Russia also spelled  Kamensk-Ural'skij        city, Sverdlovsk oblast (region), western Russia, at the confluence of the Kamenka and Iset rivers. The first state ...
Kamerlingh Onnes
/kah"meuhrdd ling aw"neuhs/ Heike /huy"keuh/, 1853-1926, Dutch physicist: Nobel prize 1913. * * *
Kamerlingh Onnes, Heike
born Sept. 21, 1853, Groningen, Neth. died Feb. 21, 1926, Leiden Dutch physicist. He taught at the University of Leiden (1882–1923), and in 1884 he founded the Cryogenic ...
Kamerny Theatre
▪ Russian theatre Russian  Kamerny Teatr,         small, intimate theatre founded in Moscow in 1914 by the Russian director Aleksandr Tairov (Tairov, Aleksandr ...
Kamerun
/kah'meuh rddoohn"/, n. German name of Cameroons. * * *
Kames, Henry Home, Lord
▪ Scottish lawyer and philosopher born 1696, Kames, Berwickshire, Scot. died Dec. 27, 1782, Edinburgh  lawyer, agriculturalist, and philosopher.       Kames was called ...
Kamet
Ka·met (kŭmʹāt') A mountain, 7,761.3 m (25,447 ft) high, in the northwest Himalaya Mountains on the India-China border. It was first scaled in 1931. * * *
kami
kami [kä′mē] n. pl. kami 〚Jpn, deity, god〛 Shintoism a divine power or aura, often identified with one or more deities or ancestors * * * ka·mi (käʹmĭ) n. pl. kami ...
kamidana
▪ Shintō altar       (Japanese: “god-shelf”), in the Shintō religion of Japan, a miniature shrine, the centre of daily worship in a household or a shop. The ...
kamik
/kah"mik/, n. Canadian (chiefly Eastern Arctic). a mukluk made of sealskin. [1860-65; < Inuit] * * *
kamikaze
/kah'mi kah"zee/, n. 1. (during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft laden with ...
kamikaze of 1274 and 1281
      (1274, 1281), a pair of massive typhoons (tropical cyclones (tropical cyclone)) that each wrecked a Mongol fleet attempting to invade Japan in 1274 and 1281. The ...
Kâmil Paşa, Mehmed
▪ Ottoman vizier born , 1832, Cyprus died Nov. 14, 1913, Nicosia       Turkish army officer who served four times as Ottoman grand vizier (chief ...
Kāmil, al-Malik al-
▪ Ayyūbid sultan born 1180 died 1238       sultan (from 1218) of the Ayyūbid (Ayyūbid dynasty) line, who ruled Egypt, Palestine, and Syria during the Fifth and Sixth ...
Kāmil, Muṣṭafā
▪ Egyptian politician also called  Muṣṭafā Kāmil Pasha  born Aug. 14, 1874, Cairo, Egypt died Feb. 10, 1908, Cairo       lawyer, journalist, and Egyptian ...
Kamilaroi
/kah"mee lah'roy/, n. an Australian aboriginal language spoken in northern New South Wales. Also called Gamilaraay. * * *
Kamina
/kah mee"nah/, n. a city in S Zaire. 115,000. * * * ▪ Democratic Republic of the Congo       town, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo). The town is an ...
Kaminaljuyú
▪ archaeological site, Guatemala       historic centre of the highland Maya, located near modern Guatemala City, Guat. The site was inhabited from the Formative Period ...
Kaministiquia River
▪ river, Ontario, Canada also spelled  Kaministikwia,        river, western Ontario, Can. It rises in Dog Lake and, after a crooked course of 60 miles (95 km), ...
Kaminska, Ida
▪ Polish actress born Sept. 4, 1899, Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now in Ukraine] died May 21, 1980, New York, N.Y., U.S.       Polish-born Yiddish performer and ...
Kamloops
/kam"loohps/, n. a city in S British Columbia, in SW Canada. 58,311. * * * ▪ British Columbia, Canada  city, southern British Columbia, Canada. (Canada) It lies astride the ...
kammatthana
▪ Theravada Buddhism Pali“basis of meditation” Sanskrit  Karmasthana         in Theravada Buddhist tradition, one of the objects of mental concentration or a ...
Kammerer, Paul
▪ Austrian biologist born August 17, 1880, Vienna, Austria died September 23, 1926, Puchberg, Germany       Austrian biologist who claimed to have produced experimental ...
Kammu
born 737, Nara, Japan died April 9, 806, Heian-kyō [Kyōto] Emperor of Japan (781–806). To curb the power of the Buddhist temples located in Nara, he moved the capital from ...
Kamo Chomei
born 1155, Japan died July 24, 1216, Kyōto Japanese poet and critic. He is best known for An Account of My Hut (1212), a poetic diary describing his life in seclusion written ...
Kamo Mabuchi
▪ Japanese author born 1697, Iba, Japan died Oct. 31, 1769, Edo [now Tokyo]       one of the earliest advocates of Kokugaku (“National Learning”), a movement to ...
Kamose
▪ king of Egypt flourished 16th century BCE       last king of the 17th dynasty (c. 1630–1540 BCE; see ancient Egypt: The Second Intermediate period (Egypt, ancient)) ...
kampaku
▪ Japanese official       (Japanese: “white barrier”), in Japanese history, office of chief councillor or regent to an adult emperor. The post was created in the ...
Kampala
/kahm pah"leuh, kam-/, n. a city in and the capital of Uganda, in the S part. 331,900. * * * City (pop., 1998: 1,154,000), capital of Uganda. The country's largest city, it is ...
Kampan
▪ Tamil poet born c. 1180, Tiruvaluntur, Tanjore district, India died 1250       sometimes called the finest Tamil poet, whose principal achievement is the epic ...
Kampen
▪ The Netherlands  gemeente (municipality) and port, north-central Netherlands (Netherlands, The). It is situated on the southwest side of the IJssel River near its influx ...
Kämpfer, Engelbert
▪ German traveler born Sept. 16, 1651, Lemgo, Westphalia [Germany] died Nov. 2, 1716, Lieme       German traveler whose writings are a valuable source of information on ...
Kamphaeng Phet
▪ Thailand       town, western Thailand. It lies along the Ping River and is an old walled settlement with notable ruins and temples and a museum. Rice cultivation is ...
kampong
/kahm"pawng, -pong, kahm pawng", -pong"/, n. a small village or community of houses in Malay-speaking lands. Also, campong. [1835-45; < Malay kampung, kampong grouping or ...
Kâmpóng Cham
▪ Cambodia also spelled  Kompong Cham,         town, south-central Cambodia. The town lies on the right bank of the Mekong River and is an important river port about ...
Kâmpóng Chhnăng
▪ Cambodia also spelled  Kompong Chhnang,         town, central Cambodia. Kâmpóng Chhnăng is located just west of the Sab River and has port facilities. It is ...
Kâmpóng Saôm
▪ Cambodia also spelled  Kompong Som , also called  Sihanoukville        town, autonomous municipality, and the only deepwater port of Cambodia, situated on a ...
Kâmpóng Spœ
▪ Cambodia also spelled  Kompong Speu        town, south-central Cambodia. The town lies along the Tnaôt River at the foot of the Dâmrei (“Elephant”) Mountains ...
Kâmpóng Thum
▪ Cambodia also spelled  Kampong Thom,         town, north-central Cambodia. Kâmpóng Thum lies along the Sên River and is linked to Phnom Penh, the national ...
Kâmpôt
▪ Cambodia       town, southern Cambodia. Kâmpôt is located near the mouth of the Koh Sla River. In the 19th century it was the country's chief port, but this function ...
Kamprad, Ingvar
▪ 2004       While the phrase “some assembly required” might fill the average consumer with dread, in 2003 Swedish businessman Ingvar Kamprad had millions of people ...
Kampuchea
—Kampuchean, adj., n. /kam'pooh chee"euh/, n. People's Republic of, a former official name of Cambodia. * * *
kamseen
kamseen [kam′sinkam sēn′] n. var. of KHAMSIN: also kamsin [kam′sin] * * *
Kamyshin
/keuh mish"euhn/; Russ. /ku mi"shin/, n. a city in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, NE of Volgograd, on the Volga River. 112,000. * * * ▪ Russia also spelled ...
Kan
Kan abbrev. Kansas * * * (as used in expressions) Kan su Kan River T'a k'o la ma kan Sha mo * * *
Kan'ami
▪ Japanese author in full , Kan'ami Kiyotsugu,  original name  Yūsaki Kiyotsugu,  also called  Miyomaru, or Kanze Kiyotsugu  born 1333, Iga province, Japan died June 8, ...
kan-
To sing. 1. hen, from Old English hen(n), hen, from Germanic *han(e)nī. 2. a. canorous, cant2, cantabile, cantata, canticle, cantillate, canto, cantor, canzone, chant, ...
Kan.
Kansas. * * *
kana
/kah"neuh/; Japn. /kah"nah/, n. a Japanese syllabic script consisting of 71 symbols and having two written varieties. Cf. hiragana, katakana. [1720-30; < Japn; earlier kanna, ...
kana-majiri
/kah"neuh mah"jeuh ree/; Japn. /kah"nah mah"jee rddee"/, n. the standard script of modern Japanese, in which kanji are used for root elements, supplemented by kana for ...
Kanab
▪ Utah, United States   city, seat (1864) of Kane county, southwestern Utah, U.S., on Kanab Creek, at the foot of Vermilion Cliffs, just north of the Arizona line. ...
Kanaga Island
▪ island, Alaska, United States       one of the Andreanof Islands of the Aleutian Islands chain, southwestern Alaska, U.S. The uninhabited island measures 30 miles ...
Kanagaki Robun
▪ Japanese author original name  Nozaki Bunzō  born Jan. 6, 1829, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died Oct. 8, 1894, Tokyo       Japanese writer of humorous fiction who ...
Kanagawa
▪ prefecture, Japan       ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, located south of Tokyo and bordered by Tokyo Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south. It occupies ...
Kanagawa, Treaty of
▪ Japan-United States [1854] also called  Perry Convention        (March 31, 1854), Japan's first treaty with a Western nation. Concluded by representatives of the ...
kanaka
/keuh nak"euh, -nah"keuh, kan"euh keuh/, n. (sometimes cap.) 1. a native Hawaiian. 2. a South Sea islander. [ < Hawaiian: person] * * * ▪ people       (Hawaiian: ...
kanamycin
kan·a·my·cin (kăn'ə-mīʹsĭn) n. A water-soluble broad-spectrum antibiotic, C18H36O11N4, obtained from the soil bacterium Streptomyces kanamyceticus.   [New Latin ...
Kananga
/keuh nahng"geuh/, n. a city in central Zaire. 595,954. Formerly, Luluabourg. * * * ▪ Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly (until 1972)  Luluabourg ...
Kananur
/kun"euh noohr"/, n. Cannanore. * * *
Kanapoi
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, Kenya       site of paleoanthropological excavations in northern Kenya southwest of Lake Turkana (Lake Rudolf (Rudolf, ...
Kanara
/keuh nahr"euh, kah"neuhr euh/, n. a region in SW India, on the Deccan Plateau. ab. 60,000 sq. mi. (155,400 sq. km). Also, Canara. * * * ▪ region, India       region ...
Kanarak
/keuh nahr"euhk/, n. Konarak. * * *
Kanarese
/kah'neuh reez", -rees", kan'euh-/, adj., n., pl. Kanarese. adj. 1. of or pertaining to Kanara, a part of the Maharashtra province in W India. n. 2. one of a Dravidian people ...
Kanáris, Konstantínos
▪ Greek statesman born 1790, Psará, Greece died Sept. 14, 1877, Athens       Greek naval officer and statesman who achieved fame for his exploits against the Turks ...
Kanawha River
River, West Virginia, U.S. Formed by the confluence of the New and Gauley rivers, it flows northwest for 97 mi (156 km), entering the Ohio River at Point Pleasant. It has dams ...
Kanazawa
/kah"nah zah"wah/, n. a seaport on W Honshu, in central Japan. 417,681. * * * ▪ Japan       capital, Ishikawa ken (prefecture), Japan, on the Sai River. In the 16th ...
kanban
/kahn"bahn"/, n. a method of inventory control, originally developed in Japanese automobile factories, that keeps inventories low by scheduling needed goods and equipment to ...
Kanchanaburi
▪ Thailand       town, western Thailand, 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Bangkok. The Khwae Noi River joins the Klong River near Kanchanaburi. Built in the 18th century ...
Kanchenjunga
/kahn'cheuhn joong"geuh/, n. a mountain in S Asia, between NE India and Nepal, in the E Himalayas: third highest in the world. 28,146 ft. (8579 m). Also, Kanchanjanga ...
kanchil
      any of several small chevrotains, or mouse deer, native to Southeast Asia. Formerly believed to be separate species, they are now generally thought to be varieties ...
Kanchipuram
▪ India also called  Conjeeveram    city, northern Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nādu) state, southeastern India. It is located on the Palar River and on the road and rail routes ...
Kanchrapara
▪ India       city, southeastern West Bengal state, northeastern India. Lying just east of the Hugli (Hooghly) River (Hugli River) within Halisahar municipality, it is ...
kand-
Also kend-. To shine. 1. Suffixed (stative) form *kand-ē-. candelabrum, candelilla, candent, candescence, candid, candida, candidate, candle, candor; incandesce, from Latin ...
Kandahar
/kun'deuh hahr"/, n. a city in S Afghanistan. 115,000. * * * ▪ Afghanistan also spelled  Qandahār   city in south-central Afghanistan. It lies on a plain next to the ...
Kandel, Eric
born Nov. 7, 1929, Vienna, Austria Austrian-born U.S. neurobiologist. He received his M.D. from New York University. Kandel's research revealed the role of synaptic ...
Kander, John
born March 18, 1927, Kansas City, Mo., U.S. U.S. songwriter. He studied music at Oberlin College and Columbia University and later wrote arrangements for plays. With lyricist ...
Kander, Lizzie Black
▪ American welfare worker née  Lizzie Black  born May 28, 1858, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. died July 24, 1940, Milwaukee       American welfare worker who created a ...
Kandi
▪ Benin       town located in northeastern Benin, 325 miles (523 km) north of Porto-Novo, the capital. Iron deposits of high quality are in the vicinity, but the town ...
Kandinsky
/kan din"skee/; Russ. /kun dyeen"skyee/, n. Wassily /vas"euh lee/ or Vasili /vas"euh lee, veuh sil"ee/; Russ. /vu syee"lyee/, 1866-1944, Russian painter. * * *
Kandinsky, Vasily (Vasilievich)
born Dec. 4, 1866, Moscow, Russia died Dec. 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Russian painter, a pioneer of pure abstraction in modern painting. Trained in the law and ...
Kandinsky, Wassily
▪ Russian artist Introduction Russian  in full Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky   born Dec. 4 [Dec. 16, New Style], 1866, Moscow, Russia died Dec. 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...
Kandinsky,Wassily
Kan·din·sky or Kan·din·ski (kăn-dĭnʹskē, kən-dyĭnʹ-), Wassily. 1866-1944. Russian abstract painter who considered form and color capable of expression. A founder of ...
Kandla
▪ India also called  Kundla        town, northwestern Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. It is a port on the Gulf of Kachchh (Kachchh, Gulf of) (Kutch) of ...
Kändler, Johann Joachim
born 1706, Fischbach, Saxony died May 18, 1775, Meissen German Baroque sculptor. In 1731 he was engaged to reorganize the modeling department of the porcelain factory at ...
Kandy
/kan"dee, kahn"-/, n. a city in central Sri Lanka: famous Buddhist temples. 93,602. * * * Important independent monarchy in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the end of the 15th century and ...
kane
/kayn/, n. Scot. cain. * * *
Kane, Bob
▪ 1999       American cartoonist who, with his partner, Bill Finger, created the comic-book characters Batman the Caped Crusader and Robin the Boy Wonder, Batman's ...
Kane, Elisha Kent
▪ American explorer born Feb. 3, 1820, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Feb. 16, 1857, Havana, Cuba       American physician and Arctic explorer who in 1850 led an ...
Kane, Gil
▪ 2001 Eli Katz        Latvian-born American comic book artist (b. April 6, 1926, Riga, Latvia—d. Jan. 31, 2000, Miami, Fla.), became a legend during his more than ...
Kane, John
▪ American artist original name  John Cain   born August 19, 1860, West Calder, Scotland died August 10, 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.       Scottish-born ...
Kane, Paul
born Sept. 3, 1810, Mallow, Ire. died Feb. 20, 1871, Toronto, Ont., Can. Irish-born Canadian painter. His family immigrated to Canada in 1819. He worked mainly in Toronto but ...
Kane, Sarah
▪ 2000       controversial British playwright who earned a reputation as an enfant terrible because of the graphic sex and violence and bleak outlook on life exhibited ...
Kane, Sheikh Hamidou
▪ Senegalese author Sheikh also spelled  Cheikh  born April 3, 1928, Matam, River Region, Senegal       Senegalese writer best known for his autobiographical novel ...
Kanehara, Hitomi, and Wataya, Risa
▪ 2005       In early 2004 two young female novelists—Risa Wataya and Hitomi Kanehara—shared Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize for ...
Kanem-Bornu
Former African empire around Lake Chad. It was ruled by the Sef dynasty in the 9th–19th century. Its territory at various times included what is now southern Chad, northern ...
Kanemaru, Shin
▪ 1997       Japanese politician (b. Sept. 17, 1914, Suwa village, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan—d. March 28, 1996, Yamanashi), served in three Cabinet posts and as ...
Kaneohe
/kah'nay oh"hay/, n. a town on E Oahu, in Hawaii. 29,919. * * * ▪ Hawaii, United States       town, Honolulu county, northeastern Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. Situated ...
Kaneohe Bay
▪ bay, Hawaii, United States       bay on the northeastern shore of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. A major tourist destination, it contains clear, shallow waters and vivid ...
kang
/kahng/, n. (esp. in northern Chinese houses) a masonry or earthen platform at one end of a room, heated in winter by fires underneath and spread with mats for sleeping. [ < Chin ...
Kang Sheng
▪ Chinese leader Wade-Giles romanization  K'ang Sheng , original name  Zhang Zongke , assumed name  Zhao Rong  born 1898, Zhucheng, Shandong province, China died Dec. ...
Kang Youwei
or K'ang Yu-wei born March 19, 1858, Guangdong province, China died March 31, 1927, Qingdao, Shandong Chinese scholar, a key figure in the intellectual development of modern ...
Kangar
▪ Malaysia       town, extreme northwest Peninsular (West) Malaysia. It lies 5 miles (8 km) east of the Thailand border, on the Perlis River. Kangar is the largest town ...
kangaroo
—kangaroolike, adj. /kang'geuh rooh"/, n., pl. kangaroos, (esp. collectively) kangaroo. any herbivorous marsupial of the family Macropodidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, ...
kangaroo court
1. a self-appointed or mob-operated tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, esp. one in a frontier area or among criminals in prison. 2. ...
Kangaroo Island
Island (pop., 1996: 4,118), South Australia. Located at the entrance to the Gulf St. Vincent, southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is 90 mi (145 km) long with an area of 1,680 ...
kangaroo mouse
▪ rodent       either of two species of leaping bipedal rodents (rodent) found only in certain deserts of the western United States. They have large ears and a large ...
kangaroo rat
1. any of various small jumping rodents of the family Heteromyidae, of Mexico and the western U.S. 2. an Australian desert rodent of the genus Notomys. [1780-90] * * * Any of ...
kangaroo vine
an Australian vine, Cissus antarctica, of the grape family, having shiny, leathery leaves. * * *
kangaroocourt
kangaroo court n. 1. A mock court set up in violation of established legal procedure. 2. A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence. * * *
kangaroorat
kangaroo rat n. Any of various long-tailed rodents of the genus Dipodomys of arid areas of western North America, with long hind legs adapted for jumping. * * *
kangaroovine
kangaroo vine n. A climbing woody vine (Cissus antarctica) native to Australia, often grown as a houseplant for its glossy green foliage. * * *
Kangding
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  K'ang-ting , Tibetan  Darrtse-mdo  or  Dardo , formerly (until 1913)  Dajianlu , also spelled  Tatsienlu        town, western ...
Kangean Islands
▪ islands, Indonesia Indonesian  Kepulauan Kangean        island group in the Java Sea, Jawa Timur provinsi (“province”), Indonesia. The Kangeans lie northwest of ...
Kangerlussuaq
▪ fjord, Greenland Danish  Søndre Strømfjord    fjord in southwestern Greenland, located just north of the Arctic Circle and 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Sisimiut ...
Kanggye
▪ North Korea       city, northern North Korea. As a transportation junction of the inland plateau near the frontier with China, it has been a fortress and military base ...
Kanghwa Island
▪ island, South Korea Korean  Kanghwa-do        island, Kyŏnggi do (province), northwestern South Korea. Kanghwa Island lies in the Yellow Sea just off the ...
Kangnŭng
▪ South Korea  city, Kangwŏn do (province), northeastern South Korea. A coastal city on the Sea of Japan (East Sea), it has been the administrative and economic centre for ...
Kango
▪ Gabon       town, northwestern Gabon. The town is situated about 50 miles (80 km) east of Libreville and lies on the Como River at the head of the Gabon Estuary. ...
Kangra
▪ India formerly  Nagarkot        town, western Himachal Pradesh (Himāchal Pradesh) state, northwestern India. The town lies on a rail line just south-southwest of ...
KaNgwane
Former black enclave, eastern Transvaal, South Africa. It was created under the apartheid system in 1977 as a homeland for those Swazi people not residing in Swaziland. The 1994 ...
Kangwŏn
▪ province, North Korea       do (province), southeastern North Korea (Korea, North), facing the East Sea (Sea of Japan (Japan, Sea of)). The province consists of the ...
Kangxi
▪ emperor of Qing dynasty Introduction Wade-Giles romanization  K'ang-hsi , personal name (xingming)  Xuanye , temple name (miaohao)  (Qing) Shengzu , posthumous name ...
Kangxi emperor
or K'ang-hsi emperor born May 4, 1654, Beijing, China died Dec. 20, 1722, Beijing Second emperor of the Qing dynasty. His personal name was Xuanye. One of China's most capable ...
Kanha National Park
▪ national park, India       national park in Madhya Pradesh state, central India. The park extends over 122 square miles (316 square km) of the central highlands at ...
Kaniapiskau
Kan·i·a·pis·kau (kăn'ē-ə-pĭsʹkō, -kou) See Caniapiscau. * * *
Kanibadam
▪ Tajikistan       city, Khodzhent oblast (province), Tajikistan, in the western Fergana Valley. The Kanibadam oasis was best known for almonds, from which its name, ...
Kanık, Orhan Veli
▪ Turkish poet born 1914, Bekoz, Constantinople died Nov. 14, 1950, Istanbul       poet who was one of the most innovative poets in 20th-century Turkish ...
Kanimblan orogeny
▪ geology       a mountain-building event in eastern Australia toward the end of Early Carboniferous time (about 325,000,000 years ago). Uplift and deformation occurred ...
Kanin
/kay"nin/, n. Garson /gahr"seuhn/, born 1912, U.S. playwright, actor, and director. * * *
Kanin Peninsula
▪ peninsula, Russia Russian  Poluostrov Kanin,         peninsula in Arkhangelsk oblast (province), northwestern Russia. It separates the White Sea to the west from ...
Kanin, Garson
▪ 2000       American playwright, director, and screenwriter (b. Nov. 24, 1912, Rochester, N.Y.—d. March 13, 1999, New York, N.Y.), wrote or directed 32 plays, worked ...

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