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  • Ieper (Belgium)

    Ypres, municipality, West Flanders province (province), western Belgium. It lies along the Yperlee (Ieperlee) River, south of Ostend. Ypres became a major cloth-weaving city in the Middle Ages, and together with Brugge and Ghent it virtually controlled Flanders in the 13th century. At that time it

  • Ieri, oggi, domani (film by De Sica [1964])

    Sophia Loren: …Mastroianni: Ieri, oggi, domani (1963; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), a film that earned an Oscar for best foreign film; and Matrimonio all’italiana (1964; Marriage, Italian Style). The best performance of her late career, again with Mastroianni, was for director Ettore Scola in Una giornata particolare (1977, A Special Day). Loren’s…

  • Ierne

    Hibernia, in ancient geography, one of the names by which Ireland was known to Greek and Roman writers. Other names were Ierne, Iouernia and (H)iberio. All these are adaptations of a stem from which Erin and Eire are also derived. The island was known to the Romans through the reports of traders,

  • Ieronymos II (Greek archbishop)

    Ieronymos II, archbishop of Athens and all Greece (from 2008) and head of the Orthodox Church of Greece. Liapis first pursued an academic career. He earned degrees in theology and philosophy from the University of Athens and did postgraduate work in Austria and Germany. He was an assistant to the

  • Iesi (Italy)

    Jesi, town and episcopal see, Marche regione, east-central Italy. Jesi lies along the Esino River, just southwest of Ancona. The Roman colony of Aesis from 247 bc, it was destroyed by the Goths and Lombards and formed part of the Frankish king Pippin III’s gift to the church in 756. In the early

  • IETM

    Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a short interval of maximum temperature lasting approximately 100,000 years during the late Paleocene and early Eocene epochs (roughly 55 million years ago). The interval was characterized by the highest global temperatures of the Cenozoic Era (65 million

  • Ieuan Brydydd Hir (Welsh poet)

    Evan Evans, Welsh poet and antiquary, one of the principal figures in the mid-18th-century revival of Welsh classical poetry. After leaving the University of Oxford without taking a degree, he served as curate in various parishes. His first publication, Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Antient

  • Ieuan Fardd (Welsh poet)

    Evan Evans, Welsh poet and antiquary, one of the principal figures in the mid-18th-century revival of Welsh classical poetry. After leaving the University of Oxford without taking a degree, he served as curate in various parishes. His first publication, Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Antient

  • If (island, France)

    If, small Mediterranean island 2 miles (3.2 km) outside the port of Marseille, Fr. Its castle, built by the French king Francis I in 1524, was later used as a state prison. The castle was made famous when Alexandre Dumas père, the 19th-century French writer, used it as one of the settings in his

  • IF (protein)

    Intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein (i.e., a complex compound containing both polysaccharide and protein components) with which vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) must combine to be absorbed by the gut. Intrinsic factor is secreted by parietal cells of the gastric glands in the stomach, where it binds with

  • IF (sports organization)

    Olympic Games: National Olympic committees, international federations, and organizing committees: …sport there must be an international federation (IF), to which a requisite number of applicable national governing bodies must belong. The IFs promote and regulate their sport on an international level. Since 1986 they have been responsible for determining all questions of Olympic eligibility and competition in their sport. The…

  • IF (electronics)

    superheterodyne reception: This different frequency, called the intermediate frequency (IF), is beyond the audible range (hence the original term, supersonic heterodyne reception); it can be amplified with higher gain and selectivity than can the initial higher frequency. The IF signal, retaining modulation to the same degree as the original carrier, enters a…

  • If Christ Came to Chicago: A Plea for the Union of All Who Love in the Service of All Who Suffer (work by Stead)

    William Thomas Stead: His findings, published in If Christ Came to Chicago!: A Plea for the Union of All Who Love in the Service of All Who Suffer (1894), are recognized as a model of journalistic research. In 1904 Stead tried to found a newspaper, The Daily Paper, but it failed, and…

  • If He Hollers Let Him Go (novel by Himes)

    If He Hollers Let Him Go, first novel by Chester Himes, published in 1945, often considered to be his most powerful work. Bob Jones, a sensitive black man, is driven to the brink by the humiliation he endures from the racism he encounters while working in a defense plant during World War II.

  • If I Did It (book by Simpson)

    O.J. Simpson: Fenjves) on If I Did It, in which he hypothesized about how he would have committed the murders. Public outrage prevented its initial publication in 2006, but a bankruptcy court subsequently awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family, who released the work in 2007.

  • If I Didn’t Have You (song by Newman)

    Randy Newman: …Oscar in 2002 for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. Newman’s Pixar sound tracks continued to bear fruit, as he won a Grammy for the song “Our Town” from Cars (2006) and another for the instrumental score for Toy Story 3 (2010) and a second Oscar, for…

  • If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (work by O’Brien)

    Tim O'Brien: …experiences in his first book, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (1973). By turns meditative and brutally realistic, it was praised for its honest portrayal of a soldier’s emotions.

  • If I Had a Million (film by McLeod [1932])

    Norman Z. McLeod: Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields: McLeod then worked on If I Had a Million (1932), a comedy about a dying millionaire who decides to leave his money to strangers. It featured an all-star cast—which included W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper, George Raft, and Charles Laughton—in an eight-episode anthology, two episodes of which McLeod directed (uncredited).

  • If I Were King (film by Lloyd [1938])

    Frank Lloyd: If I Were King (1938) gave Colman one of his best vehicles as the swashbuckling poet Fran?ois Villon, who battles Louis XI (Basil Rathbone).

  • If It Die… (memoir by Gide)

    If It Die…, autobiographical work by André Gide, published as Si le grain ne meurt. It was initially printed privately in 1920 and was published commercially in 1924. The work is a memoir of Gide’s childhood and of his emotional and psychosexual development. Gide described his father as a

  • If It Had Happened Otherwise (work by Squires)

    science fiction: Alternate histories and parallel universes: Squires’s anthology If It Had Happened Otherwise (1931), in which such period worthies as Winston Churchill, André Maurois, and G.K. Chesterton speculated on counterfactual historical turning points. This was an intellectual parlour game of the type that science fiction liked to play.

  • IF Metall (Swedish labour organization)

    Stefan L?fven: …ultimately the president (2006–14) of IF Metall, the union formed through the merger of the Swedish Metalworkers’ Union and the Swedish Industrial Union. In the meantime, L?fven also was a member of the executive board of the Nordic Metalworkers’ Union (2002–07) and a deputy member of the executive board of…

  • If Morning Ever Comes (novel by Tyler)

    Anne Tyler: Tyler’s first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Though it received little critical attention, it revealed the polished prose and understated examination of personal isolation and the difficulty of interpersonal communication that would also characterize her later work. Publication of The Tin Can Tree (1965),…

  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (novel by Calvino)

    If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, avant-garde novel by Italo Calvino, published in 1979 as Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore. Using shifting structures, a succession of tales, and different points of view, the book probes the nature of change, coincidence, and chance and the interdependence of

  • If This is a Man (work by Levi)

    Primo Levi: …questo è un uomo (1947; If This Is a Man, or Survival in Auschwitz), demonstrated extraordinary qualities of humanity and detachment in its analysis of the atrocities he had witnessed. His later autobiographical works, La tregua (1963; The Truce, or The Reawakening) and I sommersi e i salvati (1986; The…

  • If We Must Die (poem by McKay)

    African Americans: The Garvey movement and the Harlem Renaissance: …McKay, whose militant poem “If We Must Die” is perhaps the most-quoted African American literary work of this period. Other outstanding writers of the Harlem Renaissance were the novelist Jean Toomer and the poets Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. During the 1920s painters Henry Ossawa Tanner and Aaron Douglas…

  • If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) (memoir by White)

    Betty White: …Life in Television (1995) and If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) (2011). Her audiobook recording of the latter won a Grammy Award for best spoken-word album. White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.

  • If You Could Read My Mind (song by Lightfoot)

    Gordon Lightfoot: …His later hits include “If You Could Read My Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” His songs have been covered by singers ranging from Barbra Streisand to Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • If You Love This Planet (film by Nash [1962])

    Helen Caldicott: …featured in the 1982 film If You Love This Planet, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Although it won an Academy Award, the U.S. Department of Justice declared the film political propaganda and monitored its distribution. In 1983 Caldicott resigned as president of Physicians for Social…

  • If You Were Only Here (song)

    forty-nine dance: Setting and style: “If You Were Only Here” offers an explicit expression of such sentiment:

  • if-thenism (philosophy)

    philosophy of mathematics: Nominalism: …the best known is “if-thenism,” or deductivism. According to this view, the sentence “4 is even” can be paraphrased by the sentence “If there were such things as numbers, then 4 would be even.” In this view, even if there are no such things as numbers, the sentence “4…

  • If… (film by Anderson)

    Lindsay Anderson: …before making his next film, If… (1968), in which three English students violently rebel against the conformity and social hypocrisy of their boarding school. Anderson then directed the premieres of Storey’s plays In Celebration (1969), The Contractor (1969), Home (1970), and The Changing Room (1971). His subsequent films included O…

  • IFA (American athletic organization)

    Walter Camp: …became a member of the Intercollegiate Football Association. From 1880 this ruling body accepted various innovations proposed by Camp: the 11-man team, the quarterback position, the scrimmage line, offensive signal calling, and the requirement that a team give up the ball after failing to advance a specified yardage in a…

  • Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (work by Bascom)

    William R. Bascom: …Bascom, in his treatise on Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (1969), clarified the Yoruba divination system, which is orally transmitted by Ifa priests to apprentices. Other writings include African Arts (1967) and The Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria (1969).

  • IFAD

    International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations (UN) specialized agency that supports increased food production in poor communities. Partly in response to severe famines in the southern Sahara in the early 1970s, the 1974 World Food Conference adopted a resolution that

  • Ifalik (island, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean)

    Oceanic music and dance: Micronesia: Even in Ifalik, where texts were in their own language, the movements did not interpret poetry but were apparently abstractly decorative. The same is true for the Kiribati. Thus, Polynesian dance could be characterized as illustration of poetry and Micronesian dance as decoration of poetry, while music…

  • IFAR (international organization)

    art fraud: Victims and resources: …1991, grew out of the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR: founded 1969), a not-for-profit organization that initiated and maintained (until 1997) an international database of stolen works of art, antiques, and collectables. After 1998 ALR assumed maintenance, although IFAR retains ownership, and the two organizations work closely together.

  • Ifat (historical state, Ethiopia)

    Ifat, Muslim state that flourished in central Ethiopia from 1285 to 1415 in the fertile uplands of eastern Shewa. Toward the end of the 13th century a ruler whose dynastic title was Walashma gained an ascendancy over the Muslim kingdoms of eastern Shewa. By gradually winning over the newly formed

  • IFC (UN)

    International Finance Corporation (IFC), United Nations (UN) specialized agency affiliated with but legally separate from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). Founded in 1956 to stimulate the economic development of its members by providing capital for private

  • IFCTU

    World Confederation of Labour (WCL), labour confederation founded as the International Federation of Christian Trade Unions in 1920 to represent the interests of Christian labour unions in western Europe and Latin America. It was reconstituted under its present name in 1968. Although the

  • IFE (Mexico)

    Mexico: Beyond single-party rule: …by the PRI), however, the Federal Electoral Institute ordered a recount of more than half of the country’s polling places. A recount of the vote in the federal legislative elections was also mandated in roughly two-thirds of the polling places. The recount of the presidential contest confirmed Pe?a Nieto’s victory.…

  • Ife (Nigeria)

    Ile-Ife, town, Osun state, southwestern Nigeria. The town lies at the intersection of roads from Ibadan (40 miles [64 km] west), Ilesha, and Ondo. It is one of the larger centres and probably the oldest town of the Yoruba people. Considered by the Yoruba to be a holy city and the legendary

  • Ife Owo (play by Ogunmola)

    Kola Ogunmola: A typical play is Ife Owo (performed c. 1950 and widely played under its English title, Love of Money, published 1965), which depicts the sufferings of a polygamous husband who tries to satisfy the greed of his second wife. Ogunmola’s greatest fame, however, came from Omuti Apa Kini (performed…

  • Ife, University of (university, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)

    Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife) was founded in 1961, with classes beginning the following year. One of Nigeria’s major universities, it is located north of the town; it operates a teaching hospital and has a major library. The affiliated Institute of Agricultural…

  • Ife-Lodun (Nigeria)

    Ile-Ife, town, Osun state, southwestern Nigeria. The town lies at the intersection of roads from Ibadan (40 miles [64 km] west), Ilesha, and Ondo. It is one of the larger centres and probably the oldest town of the Yoruba people. Considered by the Yoruba to be a holy city and the legendary

  • Iferten (Switzerland)

    Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: …1825 a boarding school at Yverdon, near Neuchatel. Both schools relied for funds on fee-paying pupils, though some poor children were taken in, and these institutes served as experimental bases for proving his method in its three branches—intellectual, moral, and physical, the latter including vocational and civic training. They also…

  • IFF (Zionist extremist organization)

    Stern Gang, Zionist extremist organization in Palestine, founded in 1940 by Avraham Stern (1907–42) after a split in the right-wing underground movement Irgun Zvai Leumi. Extremely anti-British, the group repeatedly attacked British personnel in Palestine and even invited aid from the Axis powers.

  • IFF (warning system)

    warning system: Air defense systems: Radar and identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment constitute the forward elements of complex systems that have appeared throughout the world. Examples include the semiautomatic ground environment (SAGE), augmented by a mobile backup intercept control system called BUIC in the United States, NATO air defense ground environment…

  • Iffland, August Wilhelm (German theatrical manager)

    August Wilhelm Iffland, German actor, dramatist, and manager, a major influence on German theatre. Destined for the church, Iffland, at the age of 18, broke with parental authority and joined the Gotha court theatre to study acting under Konrad Ekhof’s direction. In 1779, after Ekhof’s death,

  • Ifill, Gwen (American journalist)

    Gwen Ifill, (Gwendolyn L. Ifill), American journalist (born Sept. 29, 1955, Queens, N.Y.—died Nov. 14, 2016, Washington, D.C.), was a prominent TV political reporter who was admired for her evenhanded integrity, toughness, and thoughtfulness. Ifill became managing editor and moderator of the

  • Ifill, Gwendolyn L. (American journalist)

    Gwen Ifill, (Gwendolyn L. Ifill), American journalist (born Sept. 29, 1955, Queens, N.Y.—died Nov. 14, 2016, Washington, D.C.), was a prominent TV political reporter who was admired for her evenhanded integrity, toughness, and thoughtfulness. Ifill became managing editor and moderator of the

  • IFLA (international organization)

    library: Associations and international organizations: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA; Fédération Internationale des Associations de Bibliothécaires et des Bibliothèques, or FIAB) was founded in 1927 and first met formally in Rome in 1928. The organization publishes the IFLA Journal.

  • IFMA

    Christianity: Orthodox and nondenominational missions: …societies joined together in the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA; 1917). Since the 1960s they have cooperated with the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (EFMA; 1945), the missionary arm of the National Association of Evangelicals (1943), and, at the international level, with the World Evangelical Fellowship (1952). Membership in the Association…

  • Ifni (Morocco)

    Ifni, former North African enclave of Spain and now part of the southwestern region of Morocco along the Atlantic coast. An arid semidesert region of mountains and coastal plain, Ifni was first settled in 1476 by Diego García de Herrera, lord of the Canaries, as a fortified Spanish fishing,

  • Iforas Massif (plateau, Mali)

    Mali: Relief: …in the north is the Iforas Massif. An extension of the mountainous Hoggar region of the Sahara, this heavily eroded sandstone plateau rises to elevations of more than 2,000 feet.

  • IFP (political party, South Africa)

    Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), cultural movement and political party in South Africa that derives its main support from the Zulu people. Inkatha was founded in 1975 in the black homeland of KwaZulu by Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, chief of the Zulu people and chief minister of the homeland. Its

  • IFP (French organization)

    Yves Chauvin: …career conducting research at the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP), where he was named research director in 1991 and honorary research director upon his retirement in 1995. Chauvin held several patents and developed valuable petrochemical industrial processes, notably in regard to homogeneous catalysis. He was elected a member of the…

  • IFR (aviation)

    traffic control: Conventional control techniques: …all pilots must obey the instrument flight rule; that is, they must depend principally on the information provided by the plane’s instruments for their safety. In poor visibility and at night, instrument flight rules invariably apply. At airports, in control zones, all movements are subject to permission and instruction from…

  • Ifrane (Morocco)

    Ifrane, town, north-central Morocco. Ifrane was founded in 1929 and is situated in the Middle Atlas (Moyen Atlas) mountains; it includes in its immediate environs Morocco’s premier winter and summer resort areas. Located at an elevation of about 5,400 feet (1,650 metres) above sea level, this

  • Ifrīqiyyah (historical region, North Africa)

    Aghlabid dynasty: …Arab Muslim dynasty that ruled Ifrīqīyah (Tunisia and eastern Algeria) from ad 800 to 909. The Aghlabids were nominally subject to the ?Abbāsid caliphs of Baghdad but were in fact independent. Their capital city was Kairouan (al-Qayrawān), in Tunisia. The most interesting of the 11 Aghlabid emirs were the energetic…

  • ifrit (Islamic mythology)

    Ifrit, in Islamic mythology and folklore, a class of powerful malevolent supernatural beings. The exact meaning of the term ifrit in the earliest sources is difficult to determine. It does not occur in pre-Islamic poetry and is only used once in the Qur?ān, in the phrase “the ifrit of the jinn”

  • ?ifrīt (Islamic mythology)

    Ifrit, in Islamic mythology and folklore, a class of powerful malevolent supernatural beings. The exact meaning of the term ifrit in the earliest sources is difficult to determine. It does not occur in pre-Islamic poetry and is only used once in the Qur?ān, in the phrase “the ifrit of the jinn”

  • ?ifrītah (Islamic mythology)

    Ifrit, in Islamic mythology and folklore, a class of powerful malevolent supernatural beings. The exact meaning of the term ifrit in the earliest sources is difficult to determine. It does not occur in pre-Islamic poetry and is only used once in the Qur?ān, in the phrase “the ifrit of the jinn”

  • IFS (American animation studio)

    Gregory La Cava: Early life and work: …1917 he was heading the International Film Service (IFS), an animated cartoon studio founded by William Randolph Hearst. There La Cava collaborated with noted animator Walter Lantz. After IFS closed in 1918, La Cava continued to make animated shorts, eventually directing more than 100, some of which were based on…

  • if?ār (Islam)

    Ramadan: …fast with a meal called if?ār that is often shared with friends and extended family. The if?ār usually begins with dates, as was the custom of Muhammad, or apricots and water or sweetened milk. There are additional prayers offered at night called the tawarī? prayers, preferably performed in congregation at…

  • Ifugao (people)

    Ifugao, group of wet-rice agriculturalists occupying the mountainous area of northern Luzon, Philippines. They are of Malay stock and their language is Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian), as is that of their neighbours, but they have developed a number of cultural characteristics that set them apart.

  • Ifukube Akira (Japanese composer)

    Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (born May 31, 1914, Kushiro, Japan—died Feb. 8, 2006, Tokyo, Japan), created the tribal theme music for the film Godzilla (1954), as well as the sounds that were the monster’s roar and footsteps. Ifukube grew up on the northern island of Hokkaido, and his music w

  • IFV (military technology)

    armoured vehicle: …tank is the principal fighting armoured vehicle. Other types armed with large-calibre main guns include tank destroyers and assault guns. This article traces the development of armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and other armoured vehicles designed primarily as platforms for assault troops.

  • Ig (biochemistry)

    Antibody, a protective protein produced by the immune system in response to the presence of a foreign substance, called an antigen. Antibodies recognize and latch onto antigens in order to remove them from the body. A wide range of substances are regarded by the body as antigens, including

  • IG Farben (German cartel)

    IG Farben, (German: “Syndicate of Dyestuff-Industry Corporations”), world’s largest chemical concern, or cartel, from its founding in Germany in 1925 until its dissolution by the Allies after World War II. The IG (Interessengemeinschaft, “syndicate” or, literally, “community of interests”), partly

  • IG Farben process (metallurgy)

    magnesium processing: History: …chloride (now known as the IG Farben process) as well as the technology for electrolyzing this product to magnesium metal and chlorine. Other contributions by IG Farben were the development of numerous cast and malleable alloys, refining and protective fluxes, wrought magnesium products, and a vast number of aircraft and…

  • IgA (biochemistry)

    antibody: IgA, IgD, and IgE. The classes of antibody differ not only in their constant region but also in activity. For example, IgG, the most common antibody, is present mostly in the blood and tissue fluids, while IgA is found in the mucous membranes lining the…

  • igal (cord)

    dress: The Middle East from the 6th century: …on the head by the agal (igal, egal), a corded band decorated with beads or metallic threads.

  • Igala (people)

    Igala, a largely Muslim people of Nigeria, living on the left bank of the Niger River below its junction with the Benue River. Their language belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family. Their ruler, the ata, traditionally also governed two other groups, the Bassa Nge and the Bass

  • Igala language

    Benue-Congo languages: Defoid: members are Yoruba (20,000,000 speakers), Igala (1,000,000), and Itsekiri (Itsεkiri; 600,000). Yoruba is the Niger-Congo language with the largest number of mother-tongue speakers. Though Swahili has a greater total number of speakers—some 35,000,000—most of them are second-language speakers. One of the principal languages of Nigeria, Yoruba is spoken throughout southwestern…

  • igapó forest (ecology)

    Amazon River: Plant life: …of inundated rainforests, várzea and igapó, which constitute about 3 percent of the total Amazon Rainforest. Várzea forests can be found in the silt- and nutrient-rich floodplains of whitewater rivers such as the Madeira and the Amazon, with their ever-changing mosaic of lakes, marshes, sandbars, abandoned channels, and natural levees.…

  • Igara (people)

    Igala, a largely Muslim people of Nigeria, living on the left bank of the Niger River below its junction with the Benue River. Their language belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family. Their ruler, the ata, traditionally also governed two other groups, the Bassa Nge and the Bass

  • Igarape Ipixuna (river, Brazil)

    Kawaíb: …remaining Parintintin live on the Igarapé Ipixuna, a tributary of Lake Uruapiára, or have become rubber workers on the Madeira River.

  • Igarashi family (Japanese artists)

    Igarashi Family, Japanese lacquerware artists who specialized in the maki-e technique, wherein a design is made by sprinkling minute gold, silver, or copper flakes over a lacquer ground. The founder of the Igarashi family, Shinsai, contributed to the art by perfecting two techniques of lacquer

  • Igarashi Takenobu (Japanese graphic designer)

    graphic design: Postmodern graphic design: …the work of Japanese designer Igarashi Takenobu. After studying design fundamentals in Los Angeles, Igarashi began his independent design practice in Tokyo and used basic design elements—point, line, plane, grids, and isometric perspectives—as the building blocks of his work. This design vocabulary enabled him to invent imaginative solutions. His poster…

  • Igarka (Russia)

    Igarka, city, Krasnoyarsk kray (territory), northwestern Siberia, Russia. It is 60 miles (100 km) north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies along the Yenisey River, 418 miles (673 km) from the sea, but is accessible to oceangoing vessels. It was founded in 1929. The city is an important wood-export

  • Igbile (African mythology)

    African art: Edo peoples: …cult of the water spirit Igbile. Both the cult and the sculptural style seem to have derived from the Ijo.

  • Igbira (people)

    Igbira, inhabitants of the areas northeast and southwest of the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers in central Nigeria. Their language is usually classified as a Nupoid variety within the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The two main habitats within the Igbira area are a

  • Igbirra (people)

    Igbira, inhabitants of the areas northeast and southwest of the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers in central Nigeria. Their language is usually classified as a Nupoid variety within the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The two main habitats within the Igbira area are a

  • Igbo (people)

    Igbo, people living chiefly in southeastern Nigeria who speak Igbo, a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The Igbo may be grouped into the following main cultural divisions: northern, southern, western, eastern or Cross River, and northeastern. Before European

  • Igbo Olodumare (work by Fagunwa)

    D.O. Fagunwa: His second novel, Igbo Olodumare (“The Forest of God”), was published in 1949. He also wrote Ireke Onibudo (1949; “The Sugarcane of the Guardian”), Irinkerindo Ninu Igbo Elegbeje (1954; “Wanderings in the Forest of Elegbeje”), and Adiitu Olodumare (1961; “The Secret of the Almighty”); a number of short…

  • Igbo Ukwu (Nigeria)

    western Africa: The wider influence of the Sudanic kingdoms: …government, the archaeological finds at Igbo Ukwu revealed that ancestors of the modern Igbo (Ibo) had, as early as the 9th century, a sophisticated society with surpluses of wealth supporting considerable craft specialization, including a highly developed bronze art with a distinctive style of its own. Recent thinking suggests that…

  • Igboid languages

    Igboid languages, a language cluster that constitutes a subbranch of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. There are nearly 20 million speakers of Igboid languages in southeastern Nigeria. In the early years of the 20th century an attempt to develop an artificial form of Igbo

  • IGC (government of Iraq)

    flag of Iraq: On April 26, 2004, the Iraqi Governing Council announced a new national flag, its design consisting of four unequal horizontal stripes from top to bottom of white, blue, yellow, and blue and with a light blue crescent centred on the white stripe. The flag, almost universally rejected by Iraqis, was…

  • IGC

    Quaternary: …was made at the 18th International Geological Congress (IGC) in London that the base of the Pleistocene Series should be fixed in marine rocks exposed in the coastal areas of Calabria in southern Italy. As ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) in 1985, the type section for boundary…

  • IGCR (international organization)

    Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees (IGCR or ICR), agency created in 1938 on the initiative of U.S. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt to administer intergovernmental efforts to resettle refugees from Nazi Germany and to prepare for the resettlement of future German emigrants, thus originating planned

  • IgD (biochemistry)

    antibody: IgD, and IgE. The classes of antibody differ not only in their constant region but also in activity. For example, IgG, the most common antibody, is present mostly in the blood and tissue fluids, while IgA is found in the mucous membranes lining the respiratory…

  • igdlu (dwelling)

    Igloo, temporary winter home or hunting-ground dwelling of Canadian and Greenland Inuit (Eskimos). The term igloo, or iglu, from Eskimo igdlu (“house”), is related to Iglulik, a town, and Iglulirmiut, an Inuit people, both on an island of the same name. The igloo, usually made from blocks of snow

  • IgE (biochemistry)

    antibody: IgA, IgD, and IgE. The classes of antibody differ not only in their constant region but also in activity. For example, IgG, the most common antibody, is present mostly in the blood and tissue fluids, while IgA is found in the mucous membranes lining the respiratory and gastrointestinal…

  • Igennem nat og tr?ngel (song by Ingemann)

    Bernhard Severin Ingemann: …“Igennem nat og tr?ngsel” (“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow”), well known in English translation. To a lesser extent, he is also remembered for his historical novels.

  • Iger, Robert (American businessman)

    Disney Company: Expansion: ABC, Pixar, and Marvel Entertainment: …succeeded by former ABC chairman Robert Iger. Iger oversaw a dramatic expansion of the Disney brand and orchestrated a string of high-profile acquisitions. In 2006 Disney purchased Pixar for $7.4 billion, and it acquired Marvel Entertainment, a company best known as a comic book publisher, for $4 billion in 2009.…

  • IGF (biochemistry)

    Insulin-like growth factor (IGF), any of several peptide hormones that function primarily to stimulate growth but that also possess some ability to decrease blood glucose levels. IGFs were discovered when investigators began studying the effects of biological substances on cells and tissues outside

  • IGF-1 (biochemistry)

    insulin-like growth factor: There are two IGFs: IGF-1 and IGF-2. These two factors, despite the similarity of their names, are distinguishable in terms of specific actions on tissues because they bind to and activate different receptors. The major action of IGFs is on cell growth. Indeed, most of the actions of pituitary…

  • IGF-2 (biochemistry)

    cancer: Milestones in cancer science: …gene known as IGF2 (insulin-like growth factor 2), for instance, has been linked to an increased risk for certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer and nephroblastoma. Other products of regulatory genes, such as micro-RNAs, have also been implicated in the malignant transformation of cells, and it is likely…

  • IGFA

    fishing: Big-game fishing: The establishment of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in 1939 did much to promote big-game fishing and to regulate it—supervising marine fishing competitions, establishing various weight categories for lines, and keeping championship records. The IGFA also promoted scientific study by encouraging the tagging of released fish to establish…

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