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  • black titi (plant)

    Buckwheat tree, (Cliftonia monophylla), evergreen shrub or small tree of the family Cyrillaceae, native to southern North America. It grows to about 15 m (50 feet) tall and has oblong or lance-shaped leaves about 4–5 cm (1.5–2 inches) long. Its fragrant white or pinkish flowers, about 1 cm across,

  • Black Tuesday (American history)

    stock market crash of 1929: On Black Tuesday (October 29) more than 16 million shares were traded. The Dow lost another 12 percent and closed at 198—a drop of 183 points in less than two months. Prime securities tumbled like the issues of bogus gold mines. General Electric fell from 396…

  • black tupelo (tree)

    Black gum, (Nyssa sylvatica), tupelo tree (family Nyssaceae) prized for its brilliant scarlet autumnal foliage. It is found in moist areas of the eastern United States from Maine south to the Gulf Coast and westward to Oklahoma. Its wood is light and soft but tough, and the tree is sometimes grown

  • black turnstone (bird)

    turnstone: The black turnstone (A. melanocephala), which breeds in Arctic Alaska and winters as far south as Mexico, has a black and white wing pattern but is otherwise dark.

  • Black Unicorn, The (poetry by Lorde)

    Audre Lorde: Most critics consider The Black Unicorn (1978) to be her finest poetic work. In the collection she turned from the urban themes of her early work, looking instead to Africa, and wrote on her role as mother and daughter, using rich imagery and mythology.

  • black varnish (varnish)

    Black varnish, any of a class of oil varnishes in which bitumen (a mixture of asphaltlike hydrocarbons) replaces the natural gums or resins used as hardeners in clear varnish. Black varnish is widely used as a protective coating for interior and exterior ironwork such as pipework, tanks, stoves, r

  • Black Virgin (religious statue)

    Einsiedeln: Its wooden statue, the “Black Virgin” (which owes its name to the discoloration caused by the candles burned before it through the centuries), became a sacred object of European pilgrims from the 14th century. Huldrych Zwingli, the religious reformer, was the parish priest there from 1516 to 1518, and…

  • Black Volta River (river, Africa)

    Black Volta River, river in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), Ghana, and C?te d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), headstream of the Volta River in western Africa. It rises as the Baoulé in low hills in southwestern Burkina Faso near Bobo Dioulasso, and at the end of its course it empties into Lake Volta (in

  • black vulture (bird, Coragyps atratus)

    vulture: New World vultures: …New World vultures include the black vulture (Coragyps atratus), a New World vulture sometimes called a black buzzard or, inappropriately, a carrion crow. The black vulture, the most abundant vulture species of all, is a resident of the tropics and subtropics that often wanders far into temperate regions. It is…

  • black vulture (bird)

    vulture: Old World vultures: The cinereous vulture, sometimes called the black vulture (Aegypius monachus), is one of the largest flying birds. Many scientists consider this bird to be the largest vulture and the largest bird of prey. It is about 1 metre (3.3 feet) long and 12.5 kg (27.5 pounds)…

  • Black Wall Street (neighbourhood, Tulsa, Oklahoma)

    Black Wall Street, former byname of the Greenwood neighbourhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where in the early 20th century African Americans had created a self-sufficient prosperous business district. The term Black Wall Street was used until the Tulsa race riot of 1921. The name has also been applied

  • black wallaroo (marsupial)

    kangaroo: Descriptions of selected species: …Woodward’s, or black, wallaroo (M. bernardus).

  • black walnut (tree)

    Black walnut, (Juglans nigra), tall tree, native to eastern North America, valued for its decorative wood. See

  • Black War (Australian history)

    Black War, (1804–30), term applied to hostilities between Aborigines and white European soldiers and settlers on the Australian island of Tasmania (then called Van Diemen’s Land), which resulted in the virtual extermination of the original Aboriginal population of the island. Armed conflict began

  • Black Warrior River (river, Alabama, United States)

    Black Warrior River, river in western Alabama, U.S. It is formed by the Locust and Mulberry forks about 20 miles (30 km) west of Birmingham and flows about 180 miles (290 km) southwest to join the Tombigbee River near Demopolis. The river is navigable, and with the Tombigbee it forms a link in the

  • Black Watch (British Army regiment)

    Black Watch, title of a famous Highland regiment in the British Army. The origin of the regiment dates from 1725 when Highlanders loyal to the British crown were formed into six independent companies to help restore order after the abortive 1715 uprising of the clans under John Erskine, the 6th

  • black water stream (hydrology)

    Amazon River: Physiography of the river course: …highlands are classified as either blackwater (Jari, Negro, and Tocantins-Araguaia) or clearwater (Trombetas, Xingu, and Tapajós). The blackwater tributaries have higher levels of humic acids (which cause their dark colour) and originate in

  • Black Week (South African history)

    South African War: Initial Boer success: …during what became known as Black Week (December 10–15, 1899).

  • Black Widow (aircraft)

    Northrop Grumman Corporation: …he developed the radar-equipped, twin-engine P-61 Black Widow, the first American aircraft specifically designed as a night interceptor, and also subcontracted with other aircraft manufacturers in order to finance his experimental flying-wing bombers. After the war these were rejected in favour of more conventional designs, but Northrop’s wartime experiments with…

  • Black Widow (film by Rafelson [1987])

    Bob Rafelson: Films of the late 1980s and beyond: …next project as a director, Black Widow (1987), a variation on another landmark of film noir, Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944). It starred Theresa Russell as a female Bluebeard who slays her husbands one after the other for their money; Debra Winger played the dogged investigator who catches on to…

  • black widow (spider)

    Black widow, (genus Latrodectus), any of several species of black spiders distinguished by an hourglass-shaped marking on the abdomen. Black widows, especially Latrodectus mactans, are found throughout much of the world. The bite of the black widow often produces muscle pain, nausea, and mild

  • Black Widow (Colombian cocaine trafficker)

    Griselda Blanco, Colombian cocaine trafficker who amassed a vast empire and was a central figure in the violent drug wars in Miami in the 1970s and ’80s. Although there is some confusion about her birth location, a number of sources give it as Santa Marta, Colombia, where Blanco was baptized. She

  • Black Widow (comic-book character)

    Daredevil: …Romanova, also known as the Black Widow, and the pair relocated to San Francisco. After four years of well-crafted crime fighting, including a period when the Black Widow received equal cover billing, the pair split, with Murdock returning to New York. While by no means one of Marvel’s top-selling titles,…

  • black wildebeest (mammal)

    animal behaviour: Adaptive design: Others, such as the black wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), form enormous herds. During the breeding season, only a few males control sexual access to a group of females in a polygynous mating system. When Jarman compared these African ungulates, he found that body size, typical habitat, group size, and mating…

  • black willow (plant)

    willow: …of the largest willows are black (S. nigra), crack, or brittle (S. fragilis), and white (S. alba), all reaching 20 metres (65 feet) or more; the first named is North American, the other two Eurasian but naturalized widely. All are common in lowland situations.

  • Black Windmill, The (film by Siegel [1974])

    Don Siegel: Films with Eastwood: Siegel ventured into espionage with The Black Windmill (1974), which starred Michael Caine as a spy whose son is kidnapped. However, the director seemed uneasy with the genre, and the ending was disappointing. Siegel rebounded wth The Shootist (1976), an elegiac western that was the last film made by John…

  • Black Woman, The (painting by Tarsila)

    Tarsila do Amaral: …culture for artistic inspiration, painting The Black Woman (1923), a flattened, stylized, and exaggerated portrait of a nude Afro-Brazilian woman against a geometric background. The painting marks the beginning of her synthesis of avant-garde aesthetics and Brazilian subject matter.

  • Black Woman, The: An Anthology (work by Bambara)

    feminism: The race factor: …asked Toni Cade Bambara in The Black Woman: An Anthology (1970). “I don’t know that our priorities are the same, that our concerns and methods are the same.” As far back as Sojourner Truth, black feminists had seen white feminists as incapable of understanding their concerns.

  • Black Women’s Health Imperative (American organization)

    Byllye Avery: …founding in 1983 of the National Black Women’s Health Project (NBWHP; since 2003 the Black Women’s Health Imperative). That year the NBWHP held its first national conference at Spelman College in Atlanta. As executive director (1982–90) of the NBWHP, Avery helped the grassroots advocacy organization grow to an international network…

  • black woodpecker (bird)

    woodpecker: … includes two well-known species: the black woodpecker (D. martius), which is some 46 cm (18 inches) long and is found in coniferous and beech woodlands of temperate Eurasia, and the pileated woodpecker (D. pileatus), which is some 40–47 cm (15.5–18.25 inches) in size and inhabits mature forests of much of…

  • Black Zodiac (collection of poems by Wright)

    Charles Wright: For the collection Black Zodiac (1997) Wright won both a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize (1998). Critics praised Black Zodiac for its innovative mixture of meditations, fragments of narrative, humour, and literary and artistic allusions. His later collections included Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems (2012),…

  • Black, Adam (British publisher)

    Encyclop?dia Britannica: Seventh edition: …Encyclopaedia Britannica was bought by Adam Black, another Edinburgh publisher, for whom Napier edited the seventh edition. Its 21 volumes, comprising 17,011 pages and 506 plates, appeared in parts from 1830 to 1842 and were a revision of previous editions, incorporating the Supplement and a number of newly commissioned articles.…

  • Black, Benjamin (Irish writer)

    John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist whose fiction is known for being referential, paradoxical, and complex. Common themes throughout his work include loss, obsession, destructive love, and the pain that accompanies freedom. Banville attended St. Peter’s College in Wexford. He began working

  • Black, Bill (American musician)

    Elvis Presley: …guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black. Their repertoire consisted of the kind of material for which Presley would become famous: blues and country songs, Tin Pan Alley ballads, and gospel hymns. Presley knew some of this music from the radio, some of it from his parents’ Pentecostal church and…

  • Black, Brown, and Beige (musical suite by Ellington)

    Duke Ellington: Classical forms: His musical suite Black, Brown and Beige (1943), a portrayal of African-American history, was the first in a series of suites he composed, usually consisting of pieces linked by subject matter. It was followed by, among others, Liberian Suite (1947); A Drum Is a Woman (1956), created for…

  • Black, Cara (Zimbabwean tennis player)

    Leander Paes: (1999), Martina Navratilova (2003), Cara Black (2008–10), and Martina Hingis (2015–16).

  • Black, Charles (British publisher)

    Encyclop?dia Britannica: Ninth edition: and C. Black to reprint the ninth edition, and with The Times of London, then in an uncertain financial state, to advertise the sale of the volumes. The moving spirit of this successful enterprise was the publisher Horace E. Hooper, who with another publisher, Walter M.…

  • Black, Charles Lund, Jr. (American scholar)

    Charles Lund Black, Jr., American legal scholar and educator (born Sept. 22, 1915, Austin, Texas—died May 5, 2001, New York, N.Y.), was a renowned authority on constitutional law; his 1974 book Impeachment: A Handbook was widely studied during the Watergate Scandal and was reissued during the i

  • Black, Cilla (British singer and TV personality)

    Cilla Black, (Priscilla Maria Veronica White), British singer and TV personality (born May 27, 1943, Liverpool, Eng.—died Aug. 1, 2015, Estepona, Spain), was one of Britain’s top pop vocalists in the 1960s, with two number-one hit ballads in 1964, “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (written by Burt Bacharach

  • Black, Conrad (Canadian-born British businessman)

    Conrad Black, Canadian-born British businessman who built one of the world’s largest newspaper groups in the 1990s, Hollinger International. In 2007 he was convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, and he served time in jail. After growing up in Toronto, Black studied history and

  • Black, Conrad Moffat, Lord Black of Crossharbour (Canadian-born British businessman)

    Conrad Black, Canadian-born British businessman who built one of the world’s largest newspaper groups in the 1990s, Hollinger International. In 2007 he was convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, and he served time in jail. After growing up in Toronto, Black studied history and

  • Black, Constance Clara (English translator)

    Constance Garnett, English translator who made the great works of Russian literature available to English and American readers in the first half of the 20th century. In addition to being the first to render Dostoyevsky and Chekhov into English, she translated the complete works of Turgenev and

  • Black, Davidson (Canadian anthropologist)

    Davidson Black, Canadian physician and physical anthropologist who first postulated the existence of a distinct form of early man, popularly known as Peking man. Black, a graduate of the University of Toronto, taught at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, which he left to join the

  • Black, Don (British lyricist and writer)
  • Black, Duncan (Scottish economist)

    economics: Public finance: …the voting process, Scottish economist Duncan Black brought a political dimension to cost-benefit studies. His book The Theory of Committees and Elections (1958) became the basis of public choice theory. As expressed in the book Calculus of Consent (1962) by American economists James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, public choice theory…

  • Black, Dustin Lance (American screenwriter, producer, and director)
  • Black, Eugene Robert (American financier)

    Eugene Robert Black, American financier who, as the third president of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) from 1949 to 1962, expanded its membership and lent billions of dollars without a default. Black, the son of a governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of

  • Black, Fischer (American economist)

    Myron S. Scholes: …for his work with colleague Fischer Black on the Black-Scholes option valuation formula, which made options trading more accessible by giving investors a benchmark for valuing. Scholes shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences with Robert C. Merton, who generalized the Black-Scholes formula to make it apply to other

  • Black, Frank (American musician)

    Pixies: …know as Black Francis and Frank Black; b. April 6, 1965, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.), Joey Santiago (b. June 10, 1965, Manila, Philippines), Kim Deal (b. June 10, 1961, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.), and David Lovering (b. December 6, 1961, Burlington, Massachusetts, U.S.).

  • Black, George (British theatrical manager)

    George Black, British manager and producer of entertainments. Black originated the brilliant, long-lived “Crazy Gang” revues at the London Palladium and later at the Victoria Palace, London, and was a pioneer of the motion-picture business. As a young man, Black helped his father establish the

  • Black, Harold Stephen (American electrical engineer)

    Harold Stephen Black, American electrical engineer who discovered and developed the negative-feedback principle, in which amplification output is fed back into the input, thus producing nearly distortionless and steady amplification. The principle has found widespread applications in electronics.

  • Black, Hugo L. (American jurist)

    Hugo Black, lawyer, politician, and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1937–71). Black’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice derives from his support of the doctrine of total incorporation, according to which the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

  • Black, Hugo La Fayette (American jurist)

    Hugo Black, lawyer, politician, and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1937–71). Black’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice derives from his support of the doctrine of total incorporation, according to which the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

  • Black, Jack (American actor)

    R.L. Stine: Stine was played by actor Jack Black in the film Goosebumps (2015) and Goosebumps 2 (2018), in which the author’s terrifying characters come to life.

  • Black, Jeremiah Sullivan (United States attorney general)

    Jeremiah Sullivan Black, U.S. attorney general during Pres. James Buchanan’s administration who counseled a firm stand by the federal government against secession. Primarily self-educated, Black served his legal apprenticeship in the offices of a prominent attorney, then in 1830 was himself

  • Black, Joseph (British scientist)

    Joseph Black, British chemist and physicist best known for the rediscovery of “fixed air” (carbon dioxide), the concept of latent heat, and the discovery of the bicarbonates (such as bicarbonate of soda). Black lived and worked within the context of the Scottish Enlightenment, a remarkable

  • Black, Karen (American actress)

    Karen Black, (Karen Blanche Ziegler), American actress (born July 1, 1939, Park Ridge, Ill.—died Aug. 8, 2013, Los Angeles, Calif.), was an unconventional beauty whose film roles showcased her nuanced performances as women in peril, notably as a prostitute who shares an LSD-fueled journey with

  • Black, Lizzie (American welfare worker)

    Lizzie Black Kander, American welfare worker who created a popular cookbook that became a highly profitable fund-raising tool for the institution she served. Lizzie Black graduated from Milwaukee High School in 1878 and in May 1881 married Simon Kander, a businessman and local politician. From the

  • Black, Max (American philosopher)

    Max Black, American Analytical philosopher who was concerned with the nature of clarity and meaning in language. Black studied at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A., 1930), G?ttingen (1930–31), and London (Ph.D., 1939). He immigrated to the United States in 1940 and became a naturalized citizen in

  • Black, Shirley Temple (American actress and diplomat)

    Shirley Temple, American actress and public official who was an internationally popular child star of the 1930s, best known for sentimental musicals. For much of the decade, she was one of Hollywood’s greatest box-office attractions. Encouraged to perform by her mother, Temple began taking dance

  • Black, Sir James (Scottish pharmacologist)

    Sir James Black, Scottish pharmacologist who (along with George H. Hitchings and Gertrude B. Elion) received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for his development of two important drugs, propranolol and cimetidine. Black earned a medical degree from the University of St. Andrews in

  • Black, Sir James Whyte (Scottish pharmacologist)

    Sir James Black, Scottish pharmacologist who (along with George H. Hitchings and Gertrude B. Elion) received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for his development of two important drugs, propranolol and cimetidine. Black earned a medical degree from the University of St. Andrews in

  • Black, Winifred Sweet (American journalist)

    Winifred Sweet Black, American reporter whose sensationalist exposés and journalistic derring-do reflected the spirit of the age of yellow journalism. Winifred Sweet grew up from 1869 on a farm near Chicago. She attended private schools in Chicago, in Lake Forest, Illinois, and in Northampton,

  • black-and-tan setter (breed of dog)

    Gordon setter, breed of sporting dog dating from 17th-century Scotland, named for the duke of Gordon, whose kennels brought the breed to prominence. Like the other setters, its function is to search for game and indicate its presence to the hunter. The Gordon setter stands 23 to 27 inches (58 to 69

  • black-and-tan terrier (breed of dog)

    Manchester terrier, breed of dog developed in England from the whippet, a racing dog, and the black-and-tan terrier, a valued ratter, to combine the talents of each. In 1860 the breed was named after the city of Manchester, a breeding centre, but it was often called the black-and-tan terrier until

  • black-and-white film (photography)

    technology of photography: Black-and-white films: The sensitive surface of ordinary film is a layer of gelatin carrying minute suspended silver halide crystals or grains (the emulsion)—typically silver bromide with some silver iodide. Exposure

  • black-and-white photography

    technology of photography: …used photographic process is the black-and-white negative–positive system (Figure 1). In the camera the lens projects an image of the scene being photographed onto a film coated with light-sensitive silver salts, such as silver bromide. A shutter built into the lens admits light reflected from the scene for a given…

  • black-and-white tegu (lizard)

    tegu: …long; however, one species, the black-and-white tegu (T. merianae), reaches 1.3 metres (about 4 feet) in total length. Like other teiids, the tegu uses its tongue and Jacobson’s organ (a chemoreceptor organ located on the roof of its mouth) to detect and discriminate chemical cues associated with prey and other…

  • black-and-yellow mangrove snake

    cat snake: …most spectacular species is the black-and-yellow mangrove snake, or gold-ringed cat snake (B. dendrophila), a shiny black snake with a yellow crossbar pattern on its body. It ranges from the Malay Peninsula to the Philippines and can reach 2.5 metres (about 8 feet) in length.

  • black-backed jackal (mammal)

    jackal: …and eastern Africa, and the black-backed (C. mesomelas) and side-striped (C. adustus) jackals of southern and eastern Africa. Jackals grow to a length of about 85–95 cm (34–37 inches), including the 30–35-cm (12–14-inch) tail, and weigh about 7–11 kg (15–24 pounds). Golden jackals and African golden wolves are yellowish, the…

  • black-backed three-toed woodpecker (bird)

    woodpecker: …in some mountains, and the black-backed three-toe (P. arcticus), found across forested central Canada.

  • black-bellied hamster (rodent)

    hamster: The largest is the common hamster (Cricetus cricetus), measuring up to 34 cm long, not including a short tail of up to 6 cm.

  • black-bellied plover (bird)

    plover: … (Pluvialis species) and black-bellied (Squatarola squatarola), are finely patterned dark and light above and black below in breeding dress. These two genera are sometimes included in Charadrius.

  • black-billed cuckoo (bird)

    cuckoo: …by the widespread yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos (Coccyzus americanus and C. erythropthalmus) and the mangrove cuckoo (C. minor), which is restricted in the United States to coastal southern Florida (also found in the West Indies and Mexico to northern South America); they are represented in Central and South America by…

  • black-billed spoonbill (bird)

    spoonbill: …and two Australian species, the royal, or black-billed, spoonbill (P. regia), and the yellow-billed, or yellow-legged, spoonbill (P. flavipes).

  • black-breasted songlark (bird)

    songlark: …lively song; the 30-cm (12-inch) brown, or black-breasted, songlark (C. cruralis) lives in open country, utters creaky chuckling notes, and has a flight song, as larks do.

  • black-browed albatross (bird)

    albatross: The black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), with a wingspread to about 230 cm (7.5 feet), wanders far offshore in the North Atlantic. A dark eye-streak gives it a frowning appearance.

  • black-capped capuchin (monkey)

    capuchin monkey: albifrons), and weeper (C. nigrivittatus) capuchins, in which the crown bears a smooth, dark, and more or less pointed cap. The name black-capped capuchin has been applied to both C. apella and C. nigrivittatus.The genus Cebus belongs to the family Cebidae.

  • black-capped capuchin (monkey)

    capuchin monkey: …or tufted, group includes the brown capuchin (C. apella), in which the crown bears a dark cap of long erect hairs that often form tufts or crests. The uncrested, or untufted, group includes the more lightly built white-throated (C. capucinus), white-fronted (C. albifrons), and weeper (C. nigrivittatus) capuchins, in which…

  • black-capped chickadee (bird)

    animal social behaviour: Dominance: …role in mating patterns in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), where more dominant males tend to mate with more dominant females. Higher-status pairs then experience greater overwinter survival, presumably compete more effectively for high-quality breeding space, and produce more offspring.

  • black-capped petrel (bird)

    procellariiform: Importance to humans: The related black-capped petrel, or diablotin (P. hasitata), of the West Indies was also thought extinct (because of predation by humans, rats, and mongooses) until in 1961 a substantial population, estimated to number at least 4,000 birds, was found breeding in the inaccessible forested cliffs of Hispaniola.

  • black-chested coucal (bird)

    coucal: The black, or black-chested, coucal (C. toulou) is 33 cm (13 inches) long. All black except for brown wings, it is whitish streaked in nonbreeding plumage (the only cuckoo to have seasonal coloration change). It ranges from eastern Africa to Southeast Asia.

  • black-cotton soil (soil)

    India: Soils: …black soils known locally as regur. After those the alluvial soil is the third most-common type. Also significant are the desert soils of Rajasthan, the saline soils in Gujarat, southern Rajasthan, and some coastal areas, and the mountain soils of the Himalayas. The type of soil is determined by numerous…

  • black-crowned night heron (bird)

    heron: The black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) ranges over the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia; the Nankeen night heron (N. caledonicus) in Australia, New Caledonia, and the Philippines; and the yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) from the eastern and central United States to southern Brazil. Another night…

  • black-crowned tityra (bird)

    tityra: …tropical South America, and the black-crowned tityra (T. inquisitor) ranges from Mexico to Argentina. The males of all three species are about 20 cm (8 inches) long and are pale gray with black on the head, wings, and tail; the females are similar but browner in hue. The bill is…

  • black-eared bushtit (bird)

    bushtit: “Black-eared” forms used to be regarded as a separate species (P. melanotis) but are now considered a subspecies. Bands of bushtits forage busily for tiny insects, especially leafhoppers, aphids, and scale insects, in dryland scrub. They also eat seeds and berries. Their call note is…

  • black-eyed bean (plant)

    Cowpea, (Vigna unguiculata), annual plant within the pea family (Fabaceae) grown for its edible legumes. The plants are thought to be native to West Africa and are widely cultivated in warm regions around the world. In addition to their use as a protein-rich food crop, cowpeas are extensively grown

  • black-eyed pea (plant)

    Cowpea, (Vigna unguiculata), annual plant within the pea family (Fabaceae) grown for its edible legumes. The plants are thought to be native to West Africa and are widely cultivated in warm regions around the world. In addition to their use as a protein-rich food crop, cowpeas are extensively grown

  • black-eyed Susan (plant)

    Black-eyed Susan, (Rudbeckia hirta), North American coneflower (family Asteraceae) commonly cultivated as an attractive garden ornamental. Growing as annuals or short-lived perennials, black-eyed Susans are native to prairies and open woodlands and are attractive to both birds and butterflies. The

  • Black-Eyed Susan (work by Jerrold)

    Douglas William Jerrold: …success in the theatre with Black-Eyed Susan (1829), a nautical melodrama that draws on the patriotic tar (sailor) while critiquing authoritarianism in the British Navy. He also mastered a special brand of Victorian humour in a series of articles called “Mrs. Caudle’s Curtain Lectures” (1845) for Punch magazine, to which…

  • black-faced dioch (bird species, Quelea quelea)

    Quelea, (Quelea quelea), small brownish bird of Africa, belonging to the songbird family Ploceidae (order Passeriformes). It occurs in such enormous numbers that it often destroys grain crops and, by roosting, breaks branches. Efforts to control quelea populations with poisons, napalm, pathogens,

  • black-faced impala (mammal)

    impala: The black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) of southwest Africa is a comparatively rare subspecies coveted by trophy hunters.

  • black-figure pottery

    Black-figure pottery, type of Greek pottery that originated in Corinth c. 700 bce and continued to be popular until the advent of red-figure pottery c. 530 bce. In black-figure painting, figures and ornamentation were drawn on the natural clay surface of a vase in glossy black pigment; the

  • black-footed albatross (bird)

    albatross: The black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes), one of three North Pacific species, has a wingspread to about 200 cm (6.5 feet) and is largely sooty brown in colour. It nests on tropical Pacific islands and wanders widely throughout the North Pacific.

  • black-footed ferret (mammal)

    ferret: Black-footed ferret: The black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) of the American Great Plains is an endangered species. The black-footed ferret resembles the common ferret in colour but has a black mask across the eyes and brownish black markings on the feet and the tail’s tip. It…

  • black-footed penguin (bird)

    African penguin, (Spheniscus demersus), species of penguin (order Sphenisciformes) characterized by a single band of black feathers cutting across the breast and a circle of featherless skin that completely surrounds each eye. The species is so named because it inhabits several locations along the

  • black-fronted duiker (mammal)

    duiker: …duikers of similar size: the black-fronted duiker (C. nigrifons), Peters’ duiker (C. callipygus), bay duiker (C. dorsalis), and white-bellied duiker (C. leucogaster). The white-bellied duiker prefers broken-canopy and secondary forest with dense undergrowth, the black-fronted duiker has elongated hooves adapted to the swampy forest it prefers, and the bay duiker…

  • black-headed duck (bird)

    anseriform: Reproductive behaviour: Only one species, the black-headed duck (Heteronetta atricapilla) of South America, is an obligate nest-parasite, always laying in the nests of other species.

  • black-headed gonolek (bird)

    shrike: …bright red below are the black-headed, or Abyssinian, gonolek (L. erythrogaster) and the Barbary shrike (L. barbarus).

  • black-headed grosbeak (bird)

    grosbeak: …grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) and the black-headed grosbeak (P. melanocephalus), which range east and west of the Rockies, respectively. Some authorities believe the two forms represent a single species, even though the coloration of the males’ underparts differs: red and white in the rose-breasted and brownish yellow in the black-headed grosbeak.

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