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  • Diclidurus albus (mammal, Diclidurus species)

    ghost bat: Compared to other insect-eating bats, D. albus is medium-sized, with a length of about 9 cm (3.5 inches), a body mass of about 20 grams (0.7 ounce), and a wingspan of about 40 cm (16 inches). This species is widely distributed in tropical lowland forest and open areas throughout Central…

  • Dicliptera (plant genus)

    Acanthaceae: (170), Staurogyne (140), Dicliptera (150), Blepharis (130), Lepidagathis (100), Hygrophila (100), Thunbergia (90), and Dyschoriste (80). The small genus Avicennia contains at least eight species of ecologically important mangroves.

  • dicot (plant)

    Dicotyledon, any member of the flowering plants, or angiosperms, that has a pair of leaves, or cotyledons, in the embryo of the seed. There are about 175,000 known species of dicots. Most common garden plants, shrubs and trees, and broad-leafed flowering plants such as magnolias, roses, geraniums,

  • dicotyledon (plant)

    Dicotyledon, any member of the flowering plants, or angiosperms, that has a pair of leaves, or cotyledons, in the embryo of the seed. There are about 175,000 known species of dicots. Most common garden plants, shrubs and trees, and broad-leafed flowering plants such as magnolias, roses, geraniums,

  • Dicotyledones (plant)

    Dicotyledon, any member of the flowering plants, or angiosperms, that has a pair of leaves, or cotyledons, in the embryo of the seed. There are about 175,000 known species of dicots. Most common garden plants, shrubs and trees, and broad-leafed flowering plants such as magnolias, roses, geraniums,

  • dicoumarin (chemical compound)

    heterocyclic compound: Six-membered rings with one heteroatom: …its derivative dicoumarin (dicumarol, or discoumarol), a blood anticoagulant, are products of living organisms.

  • Dicraea (plant genus)

    Podostemaceae: …species, worldwide tropics and subtropics), Dicraea (12 species, tropics of Asia and Africa), Hydrobryum (10 species, eastern Nepal, Assam, and southern Japan), Castelnavia (9 species, Brazil), Mourera (6 species, northern tropical South America), and Oserya (7 species, Mexico to northern tropical South America). A majority of the remaining 35 genera…

  • Dicranopteris (fern genus)

    fern: Annotated classification: …pith and leaf gaps); Gleichenia, Dicranopteris, and 4 other genera with about 125 species, distributed in the tropics. Family Dipteridaceae (umbrella ferns) Plants in soil; rhizomes long-creeping, hairy; leaf blades usually palmately divided into two or more lobes, the veins of at least the vegetative fronds forming a dense

  • Dicranum (plant)

    Wind-blown moss, any plant of the genus Dicranum (subclass Bryidae), numbering 94 species distributed primarily throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They form dense cushions on soil, logs, or rocks. More than 20 species are native to North America. The most common is D. scoparium, sometimes called

  • Dicranum scoparium (plant)

    Broom moss, (Dicranum scoparium), the most common species of the wind-blown moss genus Dicranum. This species occurs from Alaska to California and also in the southeastern United States, as well as in Mexico, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Dicranum is in the family Dicranaceae in the subclass

  • Dicroidium (fossil plant genus)

    Antarctica: Structural framework: …252 million years old) and Dicroidium trees in Triassic-age coals (those roughly 252 million to 201 million years old); and large reptiles, such as Lystrosaurus, and amphibians in Triassic rocks. In 1990–91 dinosaur fossils were first found in the Transantarctic Mountains near the

  • Dicrostonyx (rodent)

    lemming: The colour of the collared lemming varies seasonally. During the summer its coat is gray tinged with buff or reddish brown and with dark stripes on the face and back. In the winter they molt into a white coat and develop forked digging claws. Other species are gray, sandy…

  • Dicruridae (bird)

    Drongo, any of approximately 26 species of Old World woodland birds constituting the family Dicruridae (order Passeriformes). Drongos frequently attack much larger birds (e.g., hawks and crows) that might hurt their eggs or young; innocuous birds (such as doves and orioles) nest near drongos to

  • Dicrurus adsimilis (bird)

    drongo: 5-inch) African drongo (D. adsimilis; perhaps the same as D. macrocercus) is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Dicrurus macrocercus (bird)

    drongo: …Asia is the 33-cm (13-inch) black drongo (D. macrocercus), also called king crow because it can intimidate the true crow. The 24-cm (9.5-inch) African drongo (D. adsimilis; perhaps the same as D. macrocercus) is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Dicrurus paradiseus (bird)

    drongo: …tail of the Southeast Asian racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) bears 30-cm (12-inch) “wires”—outer feathers that are unbranched for most of their length and carry rather large vanes at the ends.

  • Dictamnus albus (plant species)

    Gas plant, (Dictamnus albus), gland-covered herb of the rue family (Rutaceae). Gas plant is native to Eurasia and is grown as an ornamental in many places. The flowers (white or pink) and the leaves give off a strong aromatic vapour that can be ignited—hence the names gas plant and burning bush.

  • dictaphone

    Dictating machine, device for recording, storage (usually brief), and subsequent reproduction (usually by typewriter or word-processing system) of spoken messages. Dictating machines may be either mechanical or magnetic and may record the voice on wire, coated tape, or plastic disks or belts,

  • Dictata (work by Keessel)

    Roman-Dutch law: Development of Roman-Dutch law in the Netherlands: …lectures, commonly known as the Dictata, still circulate as manuscript copies and have been cited in judgments by South African courts.

  • dictating machine

    Dictating machine, device for recording, storage (usually brief), and subsequent reproduction (usually by typewriter or word-processing system) of spoken messages. Dictating machines may be either mechanical or magnetic and may record the voice on wire, coated tape, or plastic disks or belts,

  • dictator (Roman official)

    Dictator, in the Roman Republic, a temporary magistrate with extraordinary powers, nominated by a consul on the recommendation of the Senate and confirmed by the Comitia Curiata (a popular assembly). The dictatorship was a permanent office among some of the Latin states of Italy, but at Rome it was

  • dictator (ruler)

    absolutism: in a monarch or dictator. The essence of an absolutist system is that the ruling power is not subject to regularized challenge or check by any other agency, be it judicial, legislative, religious, economic, or electoral. King Louis XIV (1643–1715) of France furnished the most familiar assertion of absolutism…

  • Dictator, The (film by Charles [2012])

    Sacha Baron Cohen: For his next starring vehicle, The Dictator (2012), Baron Cohen created a new comedic character—the despotic military ruler of a fictitious North African country. He subsequently portrayed the wicked Thénardier in a 2012 film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables.

  • dictatore (Italian teacher)

    history of Europe: Growth of literacy: …literary and specialized lay education—the dictatores, or teachers of practical rhetoric, lawyers, and the ever-present notary (a combination of solicitor and public recorder). These, and not Burckhardt’s wandering scholar-clerics, were the true predecessors of the humanists.

  • dictatorship (political science)

    Dictatorship, form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations. The term dictatorship comes from the Latin title dictator, which in the Roman Republic designated a temporary magistrate who was granted extraordinary powers

  • dictatorship of the proletariat (Marxist doctrine)

    Dictatorship of the proletariat, in Marxism, rule by the proletariat—the economic and social class consisting of industrial workers who derive income solely from their labour—during the transitional phase between the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of communism. During this

  • Dictatus papae (papal claims)

    papacy: The medieval papacy: …position was elucidated in Gregory’s Dictatus Papae (1075), which emphasized the pope’s place as the highest authority in the church. Although Gregory was driven from Rome and died in exile, his ideals eventually prevailed, as claims of sacral kingship and royal intervention in church affairs were seriously curtailed. Henry died…

  • Dicté après juillet 1830 (poem by Hugo)

    Victor Hugo: Success (1830–51): …in honour of this event, Dicté aprés juillet 1830. It was a forerunner of much of his political verse.

  • Dictes and Sayenges of the Phylosophers (early printed book)

    William Caxton: …dated book printed in English, Dictes and Sayenges of the Phylosophers, appeared on November 18, 1477.

  • diction (literature)

    Diction, choice of words, especially with regard to correctness, clearness, or effectiveness. Any of the four generally accepted levels of diction—formal, informal, colloquial, or slang—may be correct in a particular context but incorrect in another or when mixed unintentionally. Most ideas have a

  • DICTION (computer-aided text-analysis program)

    Roderick P. Hart: …a computer-aided text-analysis program called DICTION to assist in his work. The program measures a text’s certainty (number of words indicating “resoluteness, inflexibility, and completeness, and a tendency to speak ex cathedra”), activity (words of “movement, change, the implementation of ideas and the avoidance of inertia”), optimism (words that endorse…

  • Dictionarium Britannicum (work by Bailey)

    dictionary: From 1604 to 1828: Bailey’s imposing Dictionarium Britannicum of 1730 was used by Johnson as a repository during the compilation of the monumental dictionary of 1755.

  • Dictionarium linguae Latinae et Anglicanae (work by Thomas)

    dictionary: From 1604 to 1828: …Latin-English dictionary by Thomas Thomas, Dictionarium linguae Latinae et Anglicanae (1588). But the third source is most remarkable. In 1599 a Dutchman known only as A.M. translated from Latin into English a famous medical work by Oswald Gabelkhouer, The Boock of Physicke, published at Dort, in the Netherlands. As he…

  • Dictionarium seu linguae latinae thesaurus (work by Estienne)

    Robert I Estienne: …1531 he completed his great Dictionarium seu linguae latinae thesaurus, a Latin dictionary that marks an epoch in the history of lexicography, not only for Latin but also for all other languages. Francis I of France made him king’s printer for Hebrew and Latin works in 1539; in 1540 he…

  • dictionary (reference work)

    Dictionary, reference book that lists words in order—usually, for Western languages, alphabetical—and gives their meanings. In addition to its basic function of defining words, a dictionary may provide information about their pronunciation, grammatical forms and functions, etymologies, syntactic

  • dictionary catalog (library science)

    library: Catalog systems: The first is the dictionary catalog, in which author, title, subject, and any other entries are filed in a single alphabetical sequence. This form is popular in the United States and in public libraries generally and probably presents the least amount of difficulty for the general or casual reader.…

  • Dictionary in Englyshe and Welshe (work by Salesbury)

    William Salesbury: His Dictionary in Englyshe and Welshe (1547), the first work of its kind, appeared in a facsimile edition in 1877. His translation of the New Testament (1567), based on the Greek version, was prepared in collaboration with Richard Davies, bishop of St. David’s, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire.

  • Dictionary of American Biography (edition by Malone)

    Dumas Malone: He edited the Dictionary of American Biography from 1929 to 1936 and the Political Science Quarterly from 1953 to 1958 and served as director of the Harvard University Press from 1936 to 1943. Malone’s masterwork is Jefferson and His Time, a comprehensive, six-volume biography of Thomas Jefferson, consisting…

  • Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles, A (compilation by Craigie and Hulbert)

    A Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles, four-volume dictionary designed to define usage of words and phrases in American English as it differed from usage in England and other English-speaking countries, as well as to show how the cultural and natural history of the United States

  • Dictionary of Americanisms, A (work by Mathews)

    A Dictionary of Americanisms, two-volume dictionary of words and expressions that originated in the United States or that were first borrowed into the English language in the United States. Edited by the American scholar Mitford M. Mathews and published in 1951, the dictionary was based on

  • Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States (work by Bartlett)

    John Russell Bartlett: …linguistics with his pioneer work, Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States (1848). It went through four editions and was translated into Dutch and German.

  • Dictionary of Birds, A (book by Newton)

    Alfred Newton: …probably the most important is A Dictionary of Birds (1893–96), which grew from numerous articles on birds that he contributed to the ninth edition of the Encyclop?dia Britannica. His article “Ornithology” as amended in the 11th edition is still considered a valuable source of information on the history of ornithology…

  • Dictionary of Modern English Usage, A (work by Fowler)

    dictionary: Specialized dictionaries: Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926), ably reedited in 1965 by Sir Ernest Gowers. It represents the good taste of a sensitive, urbane litterateur. It has many devotees in the United States and also a number of competitors, such as A Dictionary of Contemporary American…

  • Dictionary of Music and Musicians (reference work)

    Sir George Grove: …music famous for his multivolume Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

  • Dictionary of National Biography (British dictionary)

    A. F. Pollard: …the editorial staff of the Dictionary of National Biography, to which he contributed about 500 entries, mainly on figures in the Tudor period. During that period, before the Dictionary was completed (through the first supplement), he completed two biographical volumes, England Under Protector Somerset (1900) and Henry VIII (1902).

  • Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology (anthology by Baldwin)

    James Mark Baldwin: …philosophers and psychologists in his Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology, 3 vol. (1901–05), the final volume of which was a 1,200-page bibliography by Benjamin Rand. Associated with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (1903–09), he then spent five years in Mexico City as an adviser to the National University of Mexico. During…

  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (work by Brewer)

    encyclopaedia: Other topics: …first important handbook is the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1870) by the English clergyman and schoolmaster Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810–97), supplemented with Brewer’s Reader’s Handbook (1879). Other important works include the Dizionario letterario Bompiani degli autori (1956–57; “Bompiani’s Literary Dictionary of Authors”), the Dizionario letterario Bompiani delle opere (1947–50;…

  • Dictionary of the American Language, A (work by Webster)

    dictionary: From 1604 to 1828: …he titled the largest one A Dictionary of the American Language. He brought out his small dictionary for schools, the Compendious, in 1806 but then engaged in a long course of research into the relation of languages, in order to strengthen his etymologies. At last, in 1828, at age 70,…

  • Dictionary of the English Language, A (work by Worcester)

    dictionary: Since 1828: Worcester’s climactic edition of 1860, A Dictionary of the English Language, gave him the edge in the “war,” and the poet and critic James Russell Lowell declared: “From this long conflict Dr. Worcester has unquestionably come off victorious.” The Merriams, however, brought out their answer in 1864, popularly called “the…

  • Dictionary of the English Language, A (work by Johnson)

    A Dictionary of the English Language, the famous dictionary of Samuel Johnson, published in London in 1755; its principles dominated English lexicography for more than a century. This two-volume work surpassed earlier dictionaries not in bulk but in precision of definition. Its strength lay in two

  • Dictionary of the Irish Language (Irish dictionary)

    Dictionary of the Irish Language, authoritative dictionary of the Irish language that continues, starting with the letter D, the work of Kuno Meyer’s Contributions to Irish Lexicography (1906–07), which covered A–C. Based, according to its subtitle, on Old and Middle Irish materials, it began

  • Dictionary of the Malayan Language (work by Marsden)

    William Marsden: His Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language, begun in 1786, were published in 1812 and form the basis of all subsequent Sumatran linguistics. Marsden’s scholarly work earned him many honours and distinctions.

  • Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, A (dictionary by Craigie)

    dictionary: Scholarly dictionaries: plan, Sir William Craigie, undertook A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue himself, covering the period from the 14th to the 17th century in Scottish speech. Enough material was amassed under his direction so that editing could begin in 1925 (publication, however, did not begin until 1931), and before his…

  • Dictionary of the Scots Language (online dictionary)

    Scottish National Dictionary: …on the Internet as the Dictionary of the Scots Language in 2004.

  • Dictionary War (lexicography)

    Joseph Emerson Worcester: …publishing battle known as the “Dictionary War,” which lasted until Worcester’s death.

  • Dictiones (work by Ennodius)

    Magnus Felix Ennodius: …important source for the historian; Dictiones, a collection of model speeches which reveal the continuance of the traditional rhetorical education and give a valuable description of the school of the grammarian Deuterius in Milan; epistles on a wide range of subjects (including some addressed to Boethius, to whom he was…

  • Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue fran?aise (French dictionary)

    Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue fran?aise, (French: “Alphabetical and Analogical Dictionary of the French Language”), scholarly historical dictionary of the French language, which supplies for each entry etymology, definition, antonyms, synonyms, and cross-references.

  • Dictionnaire de la langue fran?aise (French dictionary)

    Dictionnaire de la langue fran?aise, monumental French dictionary compiled by Maximilien-Paul-émile Littré, a French lexicographer. Begun in 1844 and published in four volumes from 1863 to 1873, with a supplement issued in 1877, it contained many quotations from works of literature written in the

  • Dictionnaire des arts et des sciences, Le (work compiled by Corneille)

    encyclopaedia: Encyclopaedic dictionaries: …and the immediate follow-up by Le Dictionnaire des arts et des sciences (1694) by the writer Thomas Corneille (the younger brother of the playwright Pierre Corneille) were sufficient to indicate the growing public interest in a more modern form of encyclopaedia. This indication was confirmed by the successful publication of…

  • Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes (work by Barbier)

    Antoine-Alexandre Barbier: His Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes (1806–09; “Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Works”) is still a standard library reference. He helped found the libraries of the Louvre museum, and under Louis XVIII he was administrator of the king’s private libraries until he was abruptly dismissed…

  • Dictionnaire historique et critique (work by Bayle)

    Pierre Bayle: ), philosopher whose Dictionnaire historique et critique (1697; “Historical and Critical Dictionary”) was roundly condemned by the French Reformed Church of Rotterdam and by the French Roman Catholic church because of its numerous annotations deliberately designed to destroy orthodox Christian beliefs.

  • Dictionnaire Littré (French dictionary)

    Dictionnaire de la langue fran?aise, monumental French dictionary compiled by Maximilien-Paul-émile Littré, a French lexicographer. Begun in 1844 and published in four volumes from 1863 to 1873, with a supplement issued in 1877, it contained many quotations from works of literature written in the

  • Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture fran?aise du XIe au XVIe siècle (work by Viollet-le-Duc)

    Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc: …information and extensive design analysis: Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture fran?aise du XIe au XVIe siècle (1854–68; “Analytical Dictionary of French Architecture from the XIth to the XVIth Century”) and the Dictionnaire raisonné du mobilier fran?ais de l’époque carlovingienne à la Rénaissance (1858–75; “Analytical Dictionary of French Furniture from the Carlovingians…

  • Dictionnaire raisonné du mobilier francais de l’époque carlovingienne à la Rénaissance (work by Viollet-le-Duc)

    Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc: …the XVIth Century”) and the Dictionnaire raisonné du mobilier fran?ais de l’époque carlovingienne à la Rénaissance (1858–75; “Analytical Dictionary of French Furniture from the Carlovingians to the Renaissance”). Running to 16 volumes, these two works provided the vital visual and intellectual inspiration required to sustain the Gothic Revival movement. He…

  • Dictionnaire universel (work by Jesuit fathers)

    encyclopaedia: The level of writing: …the other hand, the contemporary Dictionnaire universel of the Jesuit fathers of Trévoux had a popularity among the orthodox that caused it to run through six editions and then gradually to expand from three to eight volumes between 1704 and 1771.

  • Dictionnaire universel des arts et sciences (work by Furetière)

    encyclopaedia: Encyclopaedias and politics: …his prospectus (1675) for his Dictionnaire universel, found his privilege to publish cancelled by the French government at the request of the Académie Fran?aise, which accused him of plagiarizing its own dictionary. The Leipzig book trade, fearing that publication of Johann Heinrich Zedler’s huge Grosses vollst?ndiges Universal-Lexikon (1732–50; “Great Complete…

  • dictynid (arachnid family)

    spider: Annotated classification: Family Dictynidae About 560 species common in temperate areas. Cribellum; 3 tarsal claws; tarsi lack trichobothria and brush of setae; small in size; make irregular webs under leaves or in branches of herbs. Family Clubionidae (sac spiders) More than 530 species; common and widespread. Hunting spiders;

  • Dictynidae (arachnid family)

    spider: Annotated classification: Family Dictynidae About 560 species common in temperate areas. Cribellum; 3 tarsal claws; tarsi lack trichobothria and brush of setae; small in size; make irregular webs under leaves or in branches of herbs. Family Clubionidae (sac spiders) More than 530 species; common and widespread. Hunting spiders;

  • Dictynna (work by Valerius Cato)

    Publius Valerius Cato: …poet Helvius Cinna praised his Dictynna (“Diana”), which seems to have been an erudite short epic (what modern scholars call an epyllion) that probably influenced subsequent poets. Lydia, which may have been a collection of amorous poems, was praised by the Neoterian poet Ticida.

  • Dictynna (Cretan goddess)

    Britomartis, Cretan goddess sometimes identified with the Greek Artemis. According to Callimachus in Hymn 3 (3rd century bc), Britomartis was a daughter of Zeus (king of the gods) and lived in Crete; she was a huntress and a virgin. Minos, king of Crete, fell in love with her and pursued her for

  • Dictyocaulus (nematode genus)

    lungworm: …and those of the genus Dictyocaulus that live in sheep and cattle. Many species of lungworms are of veterinary importance as well as of significance to human health. Members of the genus Angiostrongylus, for example, are known to be pathogenic in humans. The rat lungworm (A. cantonensis) normally occurs as…

  • Dictyocha (algae genus)

    algae: Annotated classification: …common in diatomite deposits; includes Dictyocha, Pedinella, and Pseudopedinella. Class Eustigmatophyceae Mostly small, pale green, and spherical; fewer than 15 species; Eustigmatos and Nannochloropsis.

  • Dictyochales (order of algae)

    algae: Annotated classification: Order Dictyochales (silicoflagellates) Typically with siliceous skeletons like spiny baskets enclosing the cells; flagella bases attach almost directly to nucleus; silicoflagellate skeletons common in diatomite deposits; includes Dictyocha, Pedinella, and Pseudopedinella.

  • Dictyochophyceae (class of algae)

    algae: Annotated classification: Class Dictyochophyceae Predominantly marine flagellates, including silicoflagellates that form skeletons common in diatomite deposits; fewer than 25 described species. Order Pedinellales When pigmented, has 6 chloroplasts in a radial arrangement; flagella bases attached almost directly to nucleus; includes Apedinella, Actinomonas, Mesopedinella

  • Dictyoclostus (fossil brachiopod genus)

    Dictyoclostus, genus of extinct brachiopods, or lamp shells, that were common invertebrate forms in the shallow seas of North America from the Carboniferous to the Permian periods (between 359 million and 251 million years ago). Dictyoclostus often grew to large size. Its distinctive shell is

  • Dictyophora (fungus genus)

    stinkhorn: Phallus, Mutinus, Dictyophora, Simblum, and Clathrus.

  • Dictyophorus reticulatus (insect)

    short-horned grasshopper: In North America the eastern lubber grasshopper (Romalea microptera) is 5–7 cm long and has large red wings bordered in black. The western lubber grasshopper (Brachystola magna), also called the buffalo grasshopper because of its size, has much smaller, pinkish wings. The slender grasshopper (Leptysma marginicollis), found in the southern…

  • Dictyoptera (insect order)

    orthopteran: … are placed in the order Dictyoptera, although they are sometimes placed in Blattodea and Mantodea, respectively, which may be considered as separate orders or as suborders of Dictyoptera. The grylloblattids (order Grylloblattodea) and walking sticks (order Phasmida) are given ordinal rank also. On the other hand, members of the suborders…

  • dictyostele (stele)

    fern: Vascular tissues: …common ferns possess a “dictyostele,” consisting of vascular strands interconnected in such a manner that, in any given cross section of stem, several distinct bundles can be observed. These are separated by regions filled with parenchyma cells known as leaf gaps. There are, however, numerous “siphonostelic” ferns, in which…

  • Dictyostelium discoideum (protozoan)

    animal social behaviour: Social interactions involving cooperative breeding and eusociality: …as the “social amoeba” (Dictyostelium discoideum). Clones of Dictyostelium form a multicellular fruiting body called a plasmodium. Superficially, the plasmodium resembles a slug, but it is essentially an aggregation of free-living, haploid, amoeba-like, cells that will later grow a sterile stalk. The stalk raises the spores off the ground…

  • Dictys Cretensis (author)

    Dictys Cretensis, author of a pseudo-chronicle of the Trojan War. Dictys was supposed to have accompanied the Cretan leader Idomeneus from Knossos to the siege of Troy and to have written a pro-Greek account of the Trojan War. His manuscript was said to have been “discovered” during the 1st century

  • Dicuil (Irish monk, grammarian, and geographer)

    Dicuil, monk, grammarian, and geographer whose work is important to the history of science and is a testament to Irish learning in the 9th century. Much of Dicuil’s astronomical knowledge was gained in calculating dates for religious festivals. Completed in 825, his De mensura orbis terrae

  • dicumarol (chemical compound)

    heterocyclic compound: Six-membered rings with one heteroatom: …its derivative dicoumarin (dicumarol, or discoumarol), a blood anticoagulant, are products of living organisms.

  • dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (chemical compound)

    carboxylic acid: Conversion to acid derivatives: …amide, the most important being dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC):

  • dicyclomine (drug)

    atropine: …on the central nervous system; dicyclomine exerts direct relaxant effects on the gastrointestinal tract and is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome; and oxybutynin acts on the smooth muscles of the urinary bladder and is used in the treatment of overactive bladder.

  • dicyclopentadienyliron (chemical compound)

    Ferrocene, the earliest and best known of the so-called sandwich compounds; these are derivatives of transition metals in which two organic ring systems are bonded symmetrically to the metal atom. Its molecular formula is (C5H5)2Fe. First prepared in 1951 by the reaction of sodium

  • dicyemid (invertebrate)

    Dicyemid, any member of the order Dicyemida (phylum Rhombozoa) of multicellular wormlike parasites of various marine invertebrates. See

  • Dicyemida (invertebrate)

    Dicyemid, any member of the order Dicyemida (phylum Rhombozoa) of multicellular wormlike parasites of various marine invertebrates. See

  • dicynodont (fossil reptile group)

    therapsid: …was that of the herbivorous dicynodonts (two-tuskers), in which upper canines were retained but the other teeth were replaced by a horny bill. Among carnivorous therapsids, gorgonopsians and therocephalians were characteristic of the Permian, and cynodonts and bauriamorphs were advanced Triassic representatives. A few therapsids were still present in the…

  • Dicynodontia (fossil reptile group)

    therapsid: …was that of the herbivorous dicynodonts (two-tuskers), in which upper canines were retained but the other teeth were replaced by a horny bill. Among carnivorous therapsids, gorgonopsians and therocephalians were characteristic of the Permian, and cynodonts and bauriamorphs were advanced Triassic representatives. A few therapsids were still present in the…

  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (film by Lawrence [2009])

    Hugh Grant: He next appeared in Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009), a comedy about a married couple who enter a witness-protection program. In 2012 Grant provided the voice of a pirate captain in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a stop-motion animation film, and he disappeared into multiple roles in…

  • Didachē (Christian theological literature)

    Didachē, (Greek: “Teaching”, ) the oldest surviving Christian church order, probably written in Egypt or Syria in the 2nd century. In 16 short chapters it deals with morals and ethics, church practice, and the eschatological hope (of the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time) and presents a

  • didactic (the arts)

    Didactic, of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with instructive or factual matter to the exclusion of graceful and pleasing detail so that they are pompously dull and erudite. Some literature,

  • didactic literature

    nonfictional prose: Reality and imagination: …of issues may be ponderously didactic and still belong within the literary domain. For centuries, in many nations, in Asiatic languages, in medieval Latin, in the writings of the humanists of the Renaissance, and in those of the Enlightenment, a considerable part of literature has been didactic. The concept of…

  • Didactica Opera Omnia (work by Comenius)

    John Amos Comenius: Social reform: …published them as a collection, Didactica Opera Omnia. He devoted his remaining years to completing his great work, Consultation. He managed to get parts of it published, and when he was dying in 1670 he begged his close associates to publish the rest of it after his death. They failed…

  • didacticism (the arts)

    Didactic, of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with instructive or factual matter to the exclusion of graceful and pleasing detail so that they are pompously dull and erudite. Some literature,

  • didactive film (theatre)

    theatre: The influence of Piscator: What he called didactive film presented objective information and up-to-the-minute facts as well as historical ones; it gave the spectator facts about the subject of the production. Dramatic film contributed to the development of the action and served as a “substitute” for the live scene; where live scenes…

  • Didahii (work by Anthimus)

    Anthimus of Iberia: Anthimus wrote in Romanian the Didahii (“Sermons”), a collection of moral exhortations containing historically important descriptions critical of the luxurious life of the Walachian boyars (aristocracy). The Didahii also is a unique source document on 17th-century Romanian social life.

  • Didascalia Apostolorum (work on ecclesiastical law)

    Apostolic Constitutions: …are an adaptation of the Didascalia Apostolorum, written in Syria about ad 250. They deal with Christian ethics, the duties of the clergy, the eucharistic liturgy, and various church problems and rituals.

  • Didascalicon (work by Hugh of Saint-Victor)

    Hugh of Saint-Victor: …prolific writer, Hugh wrote the Didascalicon, a remarkably comprehensive early encyclopaedia, as well as commentaries on the Scriptures and on the Celestial Hierarchy of Pseudo-Dionysius. The edition of Hugh’s work by the canons of Saint-Victor (1648) was reprinted in J.-P. Migne’s Patrologiae Cursus Completus (Series Latina), 1844–64.

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