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  • Ivashko, Volodymyr (Ukrainian political leader)

    Ukraine: Parliamentary democracy: His successor, Volodymyr Ivashko, while praising his predecessor and reaffirming the CPU’s basic policy line, made the first cautious references to new political realities and the need for the Communist Party to take these into account. These realities included a rapid institutionalization of national, civic, and religious…

  • Ive, Jonathan (British designer and executive)

    Jonathan Ive, British industrial designer and Apple Inc. executive who was responsible for making design as integral to the appeal of a personal computer as its power and speed. Ive studied art and design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). After graduating in 1989, he cofounded

  • Ive, Jony (British designer and executive)

    Jonathan Ive, British industrial designer and Apple Inc. executive who was responsible for making design as integral to the appeal of a personal computer as its power and speed. Ive studied art and design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). After graduating in 1989, he cofounded

  • Ive, Sir Jonathan Paul (British designer and executive)

    Jonathan Ive, British industrial designer and Apple Inc. executive who was responsible for making design as integral to the appeal of a personal computer as its power and speed. Ive studied art and design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). After graduating in 1989, he cofounded

  • Ivens, Georg Henri Anton (Dutch director)

    Joris Ivens, Dutch motion-picture director who filmed more than 50 international documentaries that explored leftist social and political concerns. Ivens, who was educated at the Rotterdam (Netherlands) School of Economics (1916–17, 1920–21), served as a field artillery lieutenant in World War I

  • Ivens, Joris (Dutch director)

    Joris Ivens, Dutch motion-picture director who filmed more than 50 international documentaries that explored leftist social and political concerns. Ivens, who was educated at the Rotterdam (Netherlands) School of Economics (1916–17, 1920–21), served as a field artillery lieutenant in World War I

  • Iveragh Peninsula (peninsula, Ireland)

    Kerry: …to the Blasket Islands; the Iveragh Peninsula, 30 miles (48 km) long and 15 miles (24 km) wide, which continues the line of hills (Macgillycuddy’s Reeks) from western County Cork to Valencia Island; and the Beara Peninsula, the most southerly one, which Kerry shares with Cork. The highest elevations on…

  • ivermectin (drug)

    onchocerciasis: …distribute a drug known as ivermectin, originally developed in the 1970s for use against livestock parasites. Though it does not kill the adult parasite, it eliminates the microfilariae and is surprisingly safe and effective.

  • Iverson, Allen (American basketball player)

    Allen Iverson, American basketball player known for both explosive play on the court and controversy away from the game. He became the first great athlete to be strongly identified with the hip-hop movement. Athletic success and controversy came to Iverson at an early age. At Bethel High School, he

  • Iverson, Allen Ezail (American basketball player)

    Allen Iverson, American basketball player known for both explosive play on the court and controversy away from the game. He became the first great athlete to be strongly identified with the hip-hop movement. Athletic success and controversy came to Iverson at an early age. At Bethel High School, he

  • Iverson, Kenneth Eugene (Canadian mathematician and computer scientist)

    Kenneth Eugene Iverson, Canadian mathematician and computer scientist who pioneered a very compact high-level computer programming language called APL (the initials of his book A Programming Language [1962]). The language made efficient use of the slow communication speeds of the computer terminals

  • Ives, Burl (American singer and actor)

    Burl Ives, (Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives), U.S. singer and actor (born June 14, 1909, Hunt, Ill.—died April 14, 1995, Anacortes, Wash.), was the portly, goateed entertainer whose mellifluous renditions of such folk ballads and popular songs as "The Blue Tail Fly," "Big Rock Candy Mountain," "Holly Jolly

  • Ives, Burl Icle Ivanhoe (American singer and actor)

    Burl Ives, (Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives), U.S. singer and actor (born June 14, 1909, Hunt, Ill.—died April 14, 1995, Anacortes, Wash.), was the portly, goateed entertainer whose mellifluous renditions of such folk ballads and popular songs as "The Blue Tail Fly," "Big Rock Candy Mountain," "Holly Jolly

  • Ives, Charles (American composer)

    Charles Ives, significant American composer who is known for a number of innovations that anticipated most of the later musical developments of the 20th century. Ives received his earliest musical instruction from his father, who was a bandleader, music teacher, and acoustician who experimented

  • Ives, Charles Edward (American composer)

    Charles Ives, significant American composer who is known for a number of innovations that anticipated most of the later musical developments of the 20th century. Ives received his earliest musical instruction from his father, who was a bandleader, music teacher, and acoustician who experimented

  • Ives, Frederic Eugene (American photographer and inventor)

    Frederic Eugene Ives, American photographer and inventor. As a boy, Ives was apprenticed to a printer at the Litchfield Enquirer, where he became interested in photography. By the time he was 18 years old, he was in charge of the Cornell University photographic laboratory. While there, he developed

  • Ives, George (American musician)

    Charles Ives: …earliest musical instruction from his father, who was a bandleader, music teacher, and acoustician who experimented with the sound of quarter tones. At 12 Charles played organ in a local church, and two years later his first composition was played by the town band. In 1893 or 1894 he composed…

  • Ives, Herbert Eugene (American engineer)

    television: Colour television: In 1929 Herbert Ives and colleagues at Bell Laboratories transmitted 50-line colour television images between New York City and Washington, D.C.; this was a mechanical method, using spinning disks, but one that sent the three primary colour signals simultaneously over three separate circuits.

  • Ives, James Merritt (American lithographer)

    Currier & Ives: …New York, New York) and James Merritt Ives (b. March 5, 1824, New York, New York, U.S.—d. January 3, 1895, Rye, New York), which typically depict the history and customs of the American people, also provide a valuable historical record of a time when news photography was still unknown.

  • IVF (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.

  • IVF (medical technology)

    In vitro fertilization (IVF), medical procedure in which mature egg cells are removed from a woman, fertilized with male sperm outside the body, and inserted into the uterus of the same or another woman for normal gestation. Although IVF with reimplantation of fertilized eggs (ova) has long been

  • Ivica (island, Spain)

    Ibiza, island, Balearic Islands provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), Spain. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. It lies in the western Mediterranean 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Majorca. The island was a strategic point of great importance in ancient

  • IVIG (biology)

    therapeutics: Immunoglobulins: Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) provide immediate antibody levels and avoid the need for painful intramuscular injections.

  • Ivigt?t (Greenland)

    Ivittuut, town in southwestern Greenland, on the 20-mile- (32-km-) long Arsuk Fjord, southeast of Paamiut (Frederiksh?b). Nearby is a large open-pit cryolite mine (deposit discovered in 1794), which used to be of major economic importance to Greenland. Although the mine was closed in 1963, the

  • Ivins, Mary Tyler (American political satirist)

    Molly Ivins, (Mary Tyler Ivins), American political satirist (born Aug. 30, 1944 , Monterey, Calif.—died Jan. 31, 2007 , Austin, Texas), wrote a newspaper column from a staunchly liberal point of view that mercilessly and humorously skewered politicians in both her home state of Texas and the

  • Ivins, Molly (American political satirist)

    Molly Ivins, (Mary Tyler Ivins), American political satirist (born Aug. 30, 1944 , Monterey, Calif.—died Jan. 31, 2007 , Austin, Texas), wrote a newspaper column from a staunchly liberal point of view that mercilessly and humorously skewered politicians in both her home state of Texas and the

  • Iviron (monastery, Greece)

    Euthymius The Hagiorite: At the Georgian monastery of Ivíron on Athos, Euthymius became abbot in 998, in succession to his father. By 1012 he was working exclusively with the translation and revision of biblical and liturgical texts for the use of the Georgian people in their church libraries. Ivíron, with its academy, thus…

  • Ivittuut (Greenland)

    Ivittuut, town in southwestern Greenland, on the 20-mile- (32-km-) long Arsuk Fjord, southeast of Paamiut (Frederiksh?b). Nearby is a large open-pit cryolite mine (deposit discovered in 1794), which used to be of major economic importance to Greenland. Although the mine was closed in 1963, the

  • Iviza (island, Spain)

    Ibiza, island, Balearic Islands provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), Spain. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. It lies in the western Mediterranean 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Majorca. The island was a strategic point of great importance in ancient

  • Ivo of Chartres, Saint (French bishop)

    Saint Ivo of Chartres, ; feast day May 23), bishop of Chartres who was regarded as the most learned canonist of his age. Of noble birth, Ivo became prior of the canons regular of St. Quentin, Beauvais (c. 1078), and in 1090 Pope Urban II confirmed his election as bishop of Chartres. He was

  • Ivogün, Maria (Hungarian singer)

    Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: She captured the attention of Maria Ivogün, a Hungarian soprano, who taught her lieder singing. Schwarzkopf made her debut as a recitalist in Berlin in 1942. During World War II she joined the Nazi Party, and her membership later generated much controversy. Although she claimed to have become a member…

  • Ivoire, Republic of C?te d’

    C?te d’Ivoire, country located on the coast of western Africa. The de facto capital is Abidjan; the administrative capital designate (since 1983) is Yamoussoukro. C?te d’Ivoire is bounded to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, to the

  • Ivoire, République of C?te d’

    C?te d’Ivoire, country located on the coast of western Africa. The de facto capital is Abidjan; the administrative capital designate (since 1983) is Yamoussoukro. C?te d’Ivoire is bounded to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, to the

  • Ivonet, Pedro (Cuban politician)

    Cuba: The Republic of Cuba: …led by Evaristo Estenoz and Pedro Ivonet, organized to secure better jobs and more political patronage. In 1912 government troops put down large demonstrations in Oriente province.

  • ivory (natural material)

    Ivory, variety of dentin of which the tusk of the elephant is composed and which is prized for its beauty, durability, and suitability for carving. The tusk is the upper incisor and continues to grow throughout the lifetime of male and female African elephants and of the male Indian elephant; the

  • ivory carving (art form)

    Ivory carving, the carving or shaping of ivory into sculptures, ornaments, and decorative or utilitarian articles. Elephant tusks have been the main source of ivory used for such carvings, although the tusks of walrus and other ivory-bearing mammals have also been worked. From ancient times ivory

  • Ivory Coast

    C?te d’Ivoire, country located on the coast of western Africa. The de facto capital is Abidjan; the administrative capital designate (since 1983) is Yamoussoukro. C?te d’Ivoire is bounded to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, to the

  • Ivory Coast ebolavirus (infectious agent)

    Ebola: Species of ebolaviruses: ebolavirus, Sudan ebolavirus, Ta? Forest ebolavirus, Reston ebolavirus, and Bundibugyo ebolavirus, named for their outbreak locations—have been described. The viruses are known commonly as Ebola virus (EBOV), Sudan virus (SUDV), Ta? Forest virus (TAFV), Reston virus (RESTV), and Bundibugyo virus (BDBV).

  • Ivory Swing, The (novel by Hospital)

    Janette Turner Hospital: Hospital’s first novel, The Ivory Swing (1982), concerns a troubled Canadian family living in India. In Tiger in the Tiger Pit (1983) a reunion provides a setting for family members to examine their wounds. Borderline (1985) is a suspenseful novel that begins with a refugee’s attempt to cross…

  • Ivory, James (American director)

    Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The film producer-director team of Merchant and Ivory celebrated their 35th anniversary as creative partners in 1996 and, along with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who wrote the majority of their films), were identified by the Guinness Book of World Records as

  • Ivory, James Francis (American director)

    Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The film producer-director team of Merchant and Ivory celebrated their 35th anniversary as creative partners in 1996 and, along with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who wrote the majority of their films), were identified by the Guinness Book of World Records as

  • ivory-billed woodcreeper (bird)

    woodcreeper: Xiphorhynchus woodcreepers, such as the ivory-billed woodcreeper (X. flavigaster) of Central America, are among the more prominently streaked woodcreepers. Like others of its genus, the plain-brown woodcreeper (Dendrocincla fuliginosa), of Honduras to northeastern Argentina, often follows marching ant columns, eating the insects and other creatures routed out by the ants.…

  • ivory-billed woodpecker (bird)

    Ivory-billed woodpecker, (Campephilus principalis), 45-cm (18-inch) black-and-white bird with a flaring crest (red in the male) and a long whitish bill. It belongs to the family Picidae (order Piciformes). The species was thought to be extinct, though there were unconfirmed sightings of the bird in

  • Ivrea (Italy)

    Ivrea, town and episcopal see, Piemonte (Piedmont) region, northwestern Italy, on the Dora Baltea River, north of Turin. The importance of its gold mines led the Romans to seize the district from the Salassi in 143 bc. Ivrea was a Lombard duchy and, from the 9th century, a marquessate, and two of

  • Ivresse du pouvoir, L’ (film by Chabrol [2006])

    Isabelle Huppert: Versatility in the 1990s and 2000s: …and L’Ivresse du pouvoir (2006; The Comedy of Power), in which she starred as a judge who heads an investigation into corporate corruption. In 2008 Huppert appeared as a plantation owner in French Indochina in Un Barrage contre le Pacifique (2008; The Sea Wall), an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s novel…

  • ?Ivrit bi-Yerushalayim, ha-Universita ha- (university, Jerusalem)

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, state-subsidized institution of higher learning in Jerusalem. The foremost university in Israel, it attracts many Jewish students from abroad. Originally inaugurated (1925) on Mount Scopus, it was transferred to Giv?at Ram in the Israeli-controlled sector of J

  • ivriz Harabesi (archaeological site, Turkey)

    Anatolian art and architecture: Hittite period: …is a fine example at ?vriz Harabesi in the Taurus Mountains, showing a local ruler of the 8th century bc paying homage to a fertility god.

  • Ivry-sur-Seine (France)

    Ivry-sur-Seine, industrial suburb southeast of Paris, in Val-de-Marne département, Paris région, France. It is bounded on the northwest by the city limits of Paris and on the northeast by the Seine River, and it is served by the Paris subway. Its port on the Seine makes it an entrep?t for

  • ivy (plant)

    Ivy, any plant of the genus Hedera, with about five species of evergreen woody vines (rarely shrubs), in the ginseng family (Araliaceae). The name ivy especially denotes the commonly grown English ivy (H. helix), which climbs by aerial roots with adhering disks that develop on the stems. English

  • ivy family (plant family)

    Araliaceae, the ginseng family of flowering plants, in the order Apiales, comprising approximately 700 species centred in Southeast Asia and tropical America. Most members are shrubs or trees, though there are a number of climbers and a few herbs. The family has large, usually alternate, compound

  • ivy geranium (plant)

    geranium: Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P. peltatum) are grown as basket plants indoors and out; they are also used as ground covers in warm areas. The aromatic, or scented-leaved, geraniums are found in several species, including P. abrotanifolium, P. capitatum, P. citrosum, P. crispum, P.

  • Ivy League (American football)

    Ivy League, a group of colleges and universities in the northeastern United States that are widely regarded as high in academic and social prestige: Harvard (established 1636), Yale (1701), Pennsylvania (1740), Princeton (1746), Columbia (1754), Brown (1764), Dartmouth (1769), and Cornell (1865).

  • ivy treebine (plant)

    Cissus: incisa, commonly known as ivy treebine, marine ivy, or grape ivy, is native to the southern and south-central United States. It grows up to 9 m (30 feet) long and has compound leaves with three leaflets. The black fruit is about 2 cm (0.78 inch) in diameter. C. sicyoides,…

  • Ivy, Operation (American experiment)

    nuclear weapon: The weapons are tested: It was successfully detonated during Operation Ivy, on November 1, 1952, at Enewetak. The explosion achieved a yield of 10.4 megatons (million tons), 500 times larger than the Nagasaki bomb, and it produced a crater 1,900 metres (6,240 feet) in diameter and 50 metres (164 feet) deep.

  • ivy-leaved bellflower (plant)

    tuftybell: The ivy-leaved bellflower (W. hederacea), a European annual, has delicate, hairless, creeping stems and small, pale-blue, veined, bell-shaped flowers. W. marginata, a hairy, erect perennial from East Asia, now is naturalized in southern North America; it is about 45 cm (18 inches) tall, with blue or…

  • IWA (nongovernmental organization)

    Institute of World Affairs (IWA), nongovernmental organization (NGO) that develops educational and training programs in conflict analysis, conflict management, and postconflict peace building. It is headquartered in Vienna, Va. The IWA was founded in 1924 in Geneva by a group of English and

  • Iwadare Kunihiko (Japanese electronics scientist)

    NEC Corporation: …in this new venture was Iwadare Kunihiko, an expert in telegraphic systems who had worked for 10 years in the United States under the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. NEC was the first Japanese joint venture with a foreign company, and it paved the way for Western Electric to export…

  • Iwai Hanshirō V (Japanese actor)

    Japanese performing arts: Tokugawa period: … (female impersonator) of his time, Iwai Hanshirō V, and Mokuami wrote for Ichikawa Danjūrō IX and a remarkable actor of gangster roles, Ichikawa Kodanji IV. Each was a master of Kabuki art, and between them they added new dimensions to Kabuki’s stylized form. Namboku created rhythmic dialogue composed in phrases…

  • Iwajirō (Buddhist priest)

    Hakuin, priest, writer, and artist who helped revive Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Japan. Hakuin joined the Rinzai Zen sect about 1700. He subsequently became an itinerant monk, during which time he first experienced enlightenment, and returned in 1716 to the Shōin Temple in his native Hara, which r

  • Iwaki (Japan)

    Iwaki, city, southeastern Fukushima ken (prefecture), northern Honshu, Japan. The city is located on the Abukuma Plateau and the alluvial plains of the Natsui and Same rivers, which slope south and east until they reach the Pacific Ocean. The city was created in the mid-1960s when a then much

  • Iwaki Hiroyuki (Japanese conductor)

    Hiroyuki Iwaki, Japanese conductor (born Sept. 6, 1932, Tokyo, Japan—died June 13, 2006, Tokyo), was the energetic chief conductor (1974–89) of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and was appointed its first conductor laureate in 1990. Iwaki made his conducting debut in 1956 in Tokyo with the N

  • Iwakuni (Japan)

    Iwakuni, city, southeastern Yamaguchi ken (prefecture), western Honshu, Japan. It is situated in the delta of the Nishiki River, facing Hiroshima Bay. A castle town was founded at the site in 1603 by the Kikkawa family of local daimyo (hereditary rulers). Iwakuni has grown into a major industrial

  • Iwakura Tomomi (Japanese statesman)

    Iwakura Tomomi, one of Japan’s most influential statesmen of the 19th century. He was born to the family of a court noble of relatively low rank. Adopted as son and heir of the more powerful Iwakura family, he gained an important place in court circles after the U.S. naval officer Commodore Matthew

  • Iwamatsu, Makoto (American actor)

    Mako, (Makoto Iwamatsu), Japanese-born American actor (born Dec. 10, 1933, Kobe, Japan—died July 21, 2006, Somis, Calif.), became an accomplished performer in Hollywood and on Broadway and was widely credited with helping Asian Americans secure better roles. After playing bit parts on such t

  • Iwami Plateau (plateau, Japan)

    Chūgoku Range: The Iwami Plateau, lying to the north of the Backbone Range, is narrower and more dissected than the Kibi Plateau, except in the Akiyoshi Plateau area in the west, where karst topography occurs in some places. Numerous semicircular depressions have been buried by lava-dome volcanoes, including…

  • Iwamizawa (Japan)

    Iwamizawa, city, west-central Hokkaido, northern Japan. It lies along the levee of the Ikushunbetsu River, northeast of Sapporo. Iwamizawa developed around the railway station built on the levee in 1882. With the opening of three other railway lines by 1914, it became an important transportation

  • iwan (architecture)

    Ghaznavid dynasty: The Ghaznavids introduced the “four eyvān” ground plan in the palace at Lashkarī Bāzār near Lashkarī Gāh, on a plateau above the Helmond River, just north of Qal?eh-ye Best, Afghanistan. An eyvān is a large vaulted hall, closed on three sides and open to a court on the fourth. The…

  • Iwasa Matabei (Japanese painter)

    Iwasa Matabei, Japanese painter of the early Tokugawa period (1603–1867). Upon the defeat and suicide of his soldier-father, Araki Murashige, he took refuge in the Hongan Temple in Kyōto with his nurse and later assumed his mother’s family name, Iwasa. He studied painting with different masters, b

  • Iwasa Matabei of Otsu (Japanese artist)

    printmaking: Japanese ukiyo-e prints: …with Iwasa Matabei II and Iwasa Matabei of Otsu) of ukiyo-e, whose woodcuts of the “floating world” or the world of everyday life represented a drastic break with the classical tradition. Of the three artists Matabei of Otsu was the most original and had the strongest influence on the development…

  • Iwasaki Yatarō (Japanese industrialist)

    Iwasaki Yatarō, industrial entrepreneur who founded the Mitsubishi zaibatsu, the second largest of the family-owned industrial-financial combines that dominated the economic life of Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of petty samurai (warrior class) origin, Iwasaki began his business

  • Iwaszkiewicz, Jaros?aw (Polish poet)

    Jaros?aw Iwaszkiewicz, Polish poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist whose reputation rests largely on his achievements in new poetic forms. Iwaszkiewicz studied law at the University of Kiev from 1912 to 1918. During the same period he attended the music conservatory, where he was closely

  • Iwata, Satoru (Japanese business executive)

    Satoru Iwata, Japanese business executive (born Dec. 6, 1959, Sapporo, Japan—died July 11, 2015, Kyoto, Japan), was from 2002 the CEO of the electronic-games company Nintendo Co. He successfully sought to expand the market for gaming, and during his tenure the company released the innovative and

  • Iwatani Tohru (Japanese electronic game developer)

    Pac-Man: The lead designer was Iwatani Tohru, who intended to create a game that did not emphasize violence. By paying careful attention to themes, design, and colours, Iwatani hoped that Namco could market an arcade game that would appeal to females. The game concept was therefore inspired by food and…

  • Iwate (prefecture, Japan)

    Iwate, ken (prefecture), northeastern Honshu, Japan, bordering the Pacific Ocean (east). The greater part of its area is mountainous—dominated by the central Kitakami Mountains—and the climate is cold. The fishing port of Miyako on the eastern coast serves as the gateway to Rikuchū Coast National

  • IWC

    International Whaling Commission (IWC), an intergovernmental organization that regulates whaling, a competitive industry based on the hunting of a common global resource. The commission was created after World War II by the Allied Powers, who were eager to increase fat and meat supplies but noted

  • IWC (British history)

    Sir Robert Borden: …David Lloyd George created the Imperial War Cabinet (IWC) in 1917 that Borden was given a chance to express Canada’s point of view. At the meetings of the IWC in London and its subsequent sessions in Paris during the negotiation of the Treaty of Versailles, Borden supported the Fourteen Points…

  • IWD (holiday)

    International Women’s Day (IWD), day (March 8) honouring the achievements of women and promoting women’s rights. A national holiday in numerous countries, it has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975. International Women’s Day (IWD) grew out of efforts in the early 20th century to

  • Iwein (work by Hartmann von Aue)

    Iwein, Middle High German Arthurian epic poem by Hartmann von Aue, written about 1200. The poem, which is some 8,000 lines long, was based on a work by Chrétien de Troyes. It treats the medieval knight’s conflict between private inclination and public responsibility. The title character, a knight,

  • Iwerks, Ub (American animator and special-effects technician)

    Ub Iwerks, American animator and special-effects technician who, among many other achievements, brought the world-renowned cartoon character Mickey Mouse to life. Iwerks was the son of an immigrant German barber. When he was 18 years old, he met and befriended Walt Disney, a fellow employee at the

  • IWHC (international organization)

    International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), international organization, founded in 1984, that promotes sexual and reproductive rights and health among women and girls worldwide, especially in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The IWHC advocates for national and international policies that benefit

  • iwi (Maori kinship group)

    Maori: Traditional history and first contact: Members of each tribe (iwi) recognized a common ancestry (which might be traced through either or both parents) and common allegiance to a chief or chiefs (ariki). Traditionally, at the day-to-day level, the most important social groups were the hapuu (subtribe), which was the primary landholding group and the…

  • Iwo (Nigeria)

    Iwo, town, Osun state, southwestern Nigeria. It lies 6 miles (10 km) north of the Iwo station on the Lagos-Kano railway and at the intersection of roads from Ibadan, Oyo, and Ogbomosho, on a low hill at the edge of savanna and forest. Founded in the 16th or 17th century, it became the capital of

  • Iwo Jima (island, Japan)

    Iwo Jima, island that is part of the Volcano Islands archipelago, far southern Japan. The island has been widely known as Iwo Jima, its conventional name, since World War II (1939–45). However, Japan officially changed the name to its Japanese form, Iō-tō (Iō Island), in 2007. Iwo Jima lies in the

  • Iwo Jima, Battle of (World War II)

    Battle of Iwo Jima, (February 19–March 16, 1945), World War II conflict between the United States and the Empire of Japan. The United States mounted an amphibious invasion of the island of Iwo Jima as part of its Pacific campaign against Japan. A costly victory for the United States, the battle was

  • IWW (labour organization)

    Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), labour organization founded in Chicago in 1905 by representatives of 43 groups. The IWW opposed the American Federation of Labor’s acceptance of capitalism and its refusal to include unskilled workers in craft unions. Among the founders of the IWW were William

  • Iwwerks, Ubbe Ert (American animator and special-effects technician)

    Ub Iwerks, American animator and special-effects technician who, among many other achievements, brought the world-renowned cartoon character Mickey Mouse to life. Iwerks was the son of an immigrant German barber. When he was 18 years old, he met and befriended Walt Disney, a fellow employee at the

  • IX Chel (Mayan deity)

    Ixchel, Mayan moon goddess. Ixchel was the patroness of womanly crafts but was often depicted as an evil old woman and had unfavorable aspects. She may have been a manifestation of the god

  • IX Olympiad, Games of the

    Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games, athletic festival held in Amsterdam, that took place May 17–Aug. 12, 1928. The Amsterdam Games were the eighth occurrence of the modern Olympic Games. Track-and-field and gymnastics events were added to the women’s slate at the 1928 Olympics. There was much criticism

  • IX Olympic Winter Games

    Innsbruck 1964 Olympic Winter Games, athletic festival held in Innsbruck, Austria, that took place Jan. 29–Feb. 9, 1964. The Innsbruck Games were the ninth occurrence of the Winter Olympic Games. After having narrowly lost the 1960 Games to Squaw Valley, Calif., U.S., Innsbruck was awarded the 1964

  • Ixcatec (people)

    Ixcatec, Middle American Indians living in a single town, Santa María Ixcatlán, in northern Oaxaca, Mex. There were perhaps 10,000 Ixcatec before the Spanish conquest, but their numbers now remain stable at about 200. The Ixcatec language and culture are closely related to those of the

  • Ixchel (Mayan deity)

    Ixchel, Mayan moon goddess. Ixchel was the patroness of womanly crafts but was often depicted as an evil old woman and had unfavorable aspects. She may have been a manifestation of the god

  • Ixcuina (Aztec deity)

    Tlazoltéotl, (Nahuatl: “Filth Deity”) Aztec goddess who represented sexual impurity and sinful behaviour. She was probably introduced to the Aztecs from the gulf lowlands of Huaxteca. Tlazoltéotl was an important and complex earth-mother goddess. She was known in four guises, associated with

  • Ixelles (Belgium)

    Ixelles, municipality, Brussels-Capital Region, central Belgium. A southeastern suburb of Brussels, it is one of the 19 municipalities that make up Greater Brussels. Factories in Ixelles process metals and make chemicals and textiles. The former Cistercian Abbey of La Cambre (founded 1201) now

  • Ixion (Greek mythology)

    Ixion, in Greek legend, son either of the god Ares or of Phlegyas, king of the Lapiths in Thessaly. He murdered his father-in-law and could find no one to purify him until Zeus did so and admitted him as a guest to Olympus. Ixion abused his pardon by trying to seduce Zeus’s wife, Hera. Zeus

  • Ixobrychus (bird genus)

    bittern: Bitterns of the genus Ixobrychus are small (30 to 40 cm, or about 12 to 16 inches). The sexes are unlike in appearance and share in the nesting duties. As many as 10 white, bluish, or greenish eggs are laid in a neat nest placed well above water level,…

  • Ixobrychus flavicollis (bird)

    bittern: Somewhat larger is the black mangrove bittern (I. flavicollis), of southeastern Asia and Australia. This species shows plumelike development of the crown and neck feathers and is sometimes separated as Dupetor. For information on tiger bitterns, or tiger herons, see heron.

  • Ixodes pacificus (tick)

    Lyme disease: dammini); in the West, I. pacificus; and in Europe, I. ricinus. Ticks pick up the spirochete by sucking the blood of deer or other infected animals. I. scapularis mainly feeds on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus), especially in areas of tall grass, and is most…

  • Ixodes ricinus (arachnid)

    louping ill: …transmitted by bites of the castor-bean tick, species Ixodes ricinus. The disease is most common in northern England and Scotland and is called louping (or leaping) ill because infected sheep leap about. Other mammals, including humans, are susceptible, as are woodland birds. There is no specific treatment, but vaccines confer…

  • Ixodes scapularis (arachnid)

    Lyme disease: …the carrier tick is usually Ixodes scapularis (I. dammini); in the West, I. pacificus; and in Europe, I. ricinus. Ticks pick up the spirochete by sucking the blood of deer or other infected animals. I. scapularis mainly feeds on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and white-footed mice (

  • Ixodida (arachnid suborder)

    Tick, (suborder Ixodida), any of about 825 species of invertebrates in the order Parasitiformes (subclass Acari). Ticks are important parasites of large wild and domestic animals and are also significant as carriers of serious diseases. Although no species is primarily a human parasite, some

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