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  • silver cockscomb (plant)

    Celosia: Lagos spinach, or silver cockscomb (C. argentea), is an important food crop in West Africa, where it is grown for its nutritious leafy greens.

  • Silver Cord, The (work by Howard)

    Sidney Howard: …The Most Happy Fella (1957); The Silver Cord (1926), a devastating portrait of a mother and the effects of her possessiveness on her sons’ lives; and Yellow Jack (1934, in collaboration with Paul de Kruif), a dramatized documentary of the conquest of yellow fever. Other works include Lute Song (1930,…

  • silver dik-dik (mammal)

    dik-dik: saltiana), and the silver dik-dik (M. piacentinii). Kirk’s dik-dik (M. kirkii), the best-known dik-dik, is a common resident of acacia savannas in Kenya and Tanzania. Guenther’s and Kirk’s dik-diks overlap in Kenya. An isolated population of Kirk’s dik-dik, different enough genetically to be considered a different species, inhabits…

  • Silver Disc machine (aircraft image by Cayley)

    Silver Disc machine, image of an aircraft engraved on a medallion by Sir George Cayley in 1799 with his initials to commemorate his conception of a powered aircraft. The Science Museum of London preserves a small silver disc, engraved by Cayley, representing the first modern conception of an

  • Silver Dollar City (theme park, Missouri, United States)

    Branson: Silver Dollar City, a popular theme park with dozens of craftsmen demonstrating 1880s Ozark-style skills, is 9 miles (14 km) west. A commercial airport, the first in the country to have been financed entirely with private funds, opened in 2009. College of the Ozarks (1906),…

  • silver dollar plant (plant)

    honesty: Two of the species, annual honesty (Lunaria annua) and perennial honesty (L. rediviva), are widely grown for their fragrant flowers and papery seedpod partitions, which are used in dried-flower arrangements.

  • Silver Dome (stadium, Pontiac, Michigan, United States)

    construction: Postwar developments in long-span construction: …large sports stadiums as the Silverdome (1975) in Pontiac, Michigan, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982) in Minneapolis. Air-supported structures are perhaps the most cost-effective type of structure for very long spans.

  • Silver Dream, The (novel by Gaiman and Michael and Mallory Reaves)

    Neil Gaiman: Two sequels, The Silver Dream (2013) and Eternity’s Wheel (2015), were conceptualized by Gaiman and Reaves and written by Reaves and his daughter Mallory.

  • silver eel (eel life cycle)

    migration: Catadromous fish: …15 years before changing into silver eels, with enlarged eyes; they swim downstream to the sea, return to the spawning grounds (Sargasso Sea), and die.

  • Silver Fancy (Maryland, United States)

    Emmitsburg, town, Frederick county, northern Maryland, U.S., situated near the Pennsylvania border 23 miles (37 km) north-northeast of Frederick. Settled in the 1780s as Poplar Fields or Silver Fancy, it was renamed about 1786 for a local landowner named Emmit (sources disagree on his given name).

  • silver fir (tree)

    Silver fir, (Abies alba), tree growing to a height of 150 feet; abundant in the mountainous regions of central and southern

  • silver fox (red fox colour variant)

    Silver fox, (Vulpes fulva), red fox of North America in that colour phase when the fur is black with interspersed silver-tipped hairs. See

  • Silver Fox, the (American stock-car racer)

    David Pearson, American stock-car racer who was one of the most successful drivers in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) history. Pearson could well have been the greatest NASCAR driver of all time had he competed in as many races as his rivals. He never raced a complete season

  • Silver Fox, the (American baseball player)

    Duke Snider, American professional baseball player who was best known for playing centre field on the famed “Boys of Summer” Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s. Snider was raised in Compton, California, where he came to the attention of the Dodgers while playing for Compton Junior College. He

  • silver gilt (metalwork)

    Silver gilt, gilded silver produced either by the fire-gilding method or by electrolysis. In the former, earlier method, the object is covered with an amalgam of gold and mercury. The mercury evaporates when the piece is fired, leaving a gold deposit. In the latter method, the silver object is

  • silver grass (plant)

    Silvergrass, (genus Miscanthus), genus of about 10 species of tall perennial grasses in the family Poaceae, native primarily to southeastern Asia. Eulalia, or Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis), and several other species sometimes are grown as lawn or border ornamentals for their silvery or

  • silver hake (fish)

    hake: 5 feet) long; the silver hake (M. bilinearis) of the American Atlantic; and the stockfish (M. capensis) of South Africa.

  • silver halide (chemical compound)

    crystal: Covalent bonds: …formed from the copper and silver halides. Three (AgF, AgCl, AgBr) have the sodium chloride structure with six neighbours. The other five (AgI, CuF, CuCl, CuBr, CuI) have the zinc blende structure with four neighbours. The bonding in this group of solids is on the borderline between covalent and ionic,…

  • silver hatchetfish (fish)

    hatchetfish: …hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata), and the silver hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicula), which is olive above and silver below.

  • silver iodide (chemical compound)

    cloud seeding: …carbon dioxide (dry ice) and silver iodide have been the most effective; when used in supercooled clouds (composed of water droplets at temperatures below freezing), they form nuclei around which the water droplets evaporate. The resulting water vapour deposits into ice crystals, which build quickly as water droplets attach themselves.…

  • silver king (fish)

    tarpon: The Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus; alternate name Tarpon atlanticus) is found inshore in warm parts of the Atlantic, on the Pacific side of Central America, and sometimes in rivers. Also called silver king, grand écaille, and sabalo real, it habitually breaks water and gulps air. It…

  • Silver Linings Playbook (film by Russell [2012])

    Bradley Cooper: …in a mental institution in Silver Linings Playbook (2012). The dramedy was directed by David O. Russell and costarred Jennifer Lawrence, both of whom became frequent collaborators. Cooper’s second Oscar nomination was for best supporting actor for his performance as a wacky FBI agent in Russell’s American Hustle (2013), which…

  • Silver Lion (motion-picture award)

    Venice Film Festival: Among these is the Leone d’Argento (Silver Lion), which has been awarded for achievements such as best direction and best short film, as well as for runners-up among films competing for the Leone d’Oro. Notable Leone d’Oro winners include Rashomon (1950), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Brokeback Mountain…

  • silver maple (plant)

    Silver maple, (Acer saccharinum), large, spreading tree, of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), popular as a rapid-growing shade tree. Native to eastern North America, it is widely cultivated elsewhere. It grows to 18 metres (60 feet)—higher under favourable conditions—with a short, stout trunk and

  • silver medal (award)

    Olympic Games: The medal ceremonies: …medal, for second place a silver medal, and for third place a bronze medal. Solid gold medals were last given in 1912. The obverse side of the medal awarded in 2004 at Athens was altered for the first time since 1928 to better reflect the Greek origins of both the…

  • silver nitrate (chemical compound)

    Silver nitrate, caustic chemical compound, important as an antiseptic, in the industrial preparation of other silver salts, and as a reagent in analytical chemistry. Its chemical formula is AgNO3. Applied to the skin and mucous membranes, silver nitrate is used either in stick form as lunar caustic

  • silver oxide (chemical compound)

    silver processing: Chemical compounds: Silver oxides (both Ag2O and AgO) serve as the cathodic materials in silver-zinc primary and secondary (i.e., rechargeable) batteries. The high energy density of the primary batteries (as measured by available electrical energy per unit weight) is responsible for their employment as miniature power cells…

  • silver oxide-zinc cell (battery)

    battery: Zinc–silver oxide battery: Another alkaline system, this battery features a silver oxide cathode and a powdered zinc anode. Because it will tolerate relatively heavy current load pulses and has a high, nearly constant 1.5-volt operating voltage, the zinc–silver oxide battery is commonly used in the…

  • Silver Party (political party, United States)

    Nevada: Mining and cattle-ranching decades: …in the 1890s, and the Silver Party grew out of the Free Silver Movement, taking members from both the Democratic and Republican parties, though mostly the latter. In the 1890s, candidates of the Nevada Silver Party won election to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and to the state…

  • Silver Pavilion (building, Kyōto, Japan)

    Ashikaga Yoshimasa: …retirement he built the famous Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji) in the Higashiyama, or Eastern Hills, area of Kyōto. There he practiced the Japanese tea ceremony, which he developed into a fine art, and sponsored many noted artists, potters, and nō (classical dance-drama) performers. Today the Higashiyama period, as this cultural era…

  • Silver Pit (trench, North Sea)

    North Sea: Physiography: …1,500 feet (450 metres), and Silver Pit, nearly 320 feet (95 metres) deep, off the bay of The Wash in England. These trenches may have been formed at the time of the last glaciation, when parts of the North Sea were free of ice, and rivers coming off the mainland…

  • silver plating (metallurgy)

    electroplating: Principal applications.: Silver plating is used on tableware and electrical contacts; it has also been used on engine bearings. The most extensive use of gold plating is on jewelry and watch cases. Zinc coatings prevent the corrosion of steel articles, while nickel and chromium plate are used…

  • silver poplar (tree)

    poplar: Common species: The white poplar (P. alba)—also known as silver poplar for its leaves, which have white felted undersides, and as maple leaf poplar for the leaves’ lobed margins—is widely spreading or columnar in form, reaching 30 metres (100 feet) in height. The gray poplar (P. ×canescens), a…

  • silver processing

    Silver processing, preparation of the ore for use in various products. Silver has long been valued for its white metallic lustre, its ability to be readily worked, and its resistance to the corrosive effects of moisture and oxygen. The lustre of the pure metal is due to its electron configuration,

  • silver salmon (fish)

    Coho, (Oncorhynchus kisutch), species of salmon, family Salmonidae, prized for food and sport. The coho may weigh up to 16 kg (35 pounds) and is recognized by the small spots on the back and upper tail-fin lobe. Young coho stay in fresh water for about one year before entering North Pacific

  • Silver Shield (ancient Greek soldier)

    ancient Greek civilization: Social and commercial exchanges: …known as “Silver Shields,” or argyraspides, had taken their name from the conquered Persian treasure of precious metal.

  • Silver Shirts (American organization)

    anti-Semitism: Nazi anti-Semitism and the Holocaust: …the German-American Bund and the Silver Shirts.

  • Silver Spoon, The (work by Galsworthy)

    Forsyte family: …of The White Monkey (1924), The Silver Spoon (1926), and Swan Song (1928).

  • Silver Spring (Maryland, United States)

    Silver Spring, unincorporated community, Montgomery county, central Maryland, U.S., a northern residential suburb of Washington, D.C. It was once the site of the estate of journalist and politician Francis Preston Blair (1791–1876), whose son, Montgomery, served as postmaster general in Abraham

  • Silver Springs (springs, Florida, United States)

    Silver Springs, series of artesian springs, in Marion county, north-central Florida, U.S., about 5 miles (8 km) east of Ocala. The springs, which discharge an average of more than 73,500,000 cubic feet (2,080,000 cubic metres) per day, have the world’s largest flow. The water maintains a constant

  • silver standard (economics)

    Silver standard, monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined as a stated quantity of silver and which is usually characterized by the coinage and circulation of silver, unrestricted convertibility of other money into silver, and the free import and export of silver for the

  • Silver State (state, United States)

    Nevada, constituent state of the United States of America. It borders Oregon and Idaho to the north, Utah to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and California to the west. It ranks seventh among the 50 U.S. states in terms of total area. It also, however, is one of the most sparsely settled.

  • Silver Streak (film by Hiller [1976])

    Arthur Hiller: Films of the 1970s: …hits of his career with Silver Streak (1976), a comedic take on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938); the film was a blockbuster, in large part as a result of the teaming of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Hiller continued to earn laughs with The In-Laws (1979), an

  • Silver Surfer (comic-book character)

    Silver Surfer, fictional superhero. Though first introduced into an issue of Fantastic Four as an afterthought, Silver Surfer has become one of the great icons of comics and is an enduring cult favorite. In early 1966, Fantastic Four #48 was originally intended to feature the superhero team in

  • Silver Sword, The (work by Serraillier)

    children's literature: Contemporary times: …example among many was Serraillier’s Silver Sword (1958), recounting the trans-European adventures that befell four Polish children after the German occupation. The Silver Sword was a specialized instance of a general trend toward the interpretation for children of a postwar world of social incoherence, race and class conflict, urban poverty,…

  • Silver Tassie, The (work by O’Casey)

    Sean O'Casey: …by the Abbey’s rejection of The Silver Tassie, a partly Expressionist antiwar drama produced in England in 1929. Another Expressionist play, Within the Gates (1934), followed, in which the modern world is symbolized by the happenings in a public park. The Star Turns Red (1940) is an antifascist play, and…

  • silver tetra (fish)

    tetra: The silver tetra (Ctenobrycon spilurus) is a deep-bodied fish that is flattened sidewise; it grows to 9 cm and is silvery in colour.

  • silver Thaler illusion (sensory perception)

    thermoreception: Properties of thermoreceptors: This phenomenon, known as the silver Thaler illusion, was identified in the 1830s by German anatomist and physiologist Ernst Heinrich Weber. Today, it has been hypothesized that the presence of TRP channels in certain mechanoreceptors underlies the phenomenon of spontaneous cold sensitivity. Such molecular evidence has been crucial in improving…

  • Silver Thursday (American history)

    Silver Thursday, the dramatic fall in the price of silver on March 27, 1980, following the Hunt brothers’ attempt to corner the market on the metal. Apart from a handful of reigning monarchs and despots, Nelson Bunker Hunt (1926–2014) was the richest man in the world at the start of the 1960s. Like

  • silver torch cactus (plant)

    torch cactus: …silver, or woolly, torch (Cleistocactus strausii) is endemic to the mountains of Argentina and Bolivia. Its numerous erect columns appear whitish in colour because of their numerous dense spines. The plants bear narrow red flowers along the length of the stems.

  • silver wattle (plant)

    acacia: Major species: decurrens), and the silver wattle (A. dealbata). A few species produce valuable timber, among them the Australian blackwood (A. melanoxylon); the yarran (A. omalophylla), also of Australia; and A. koa of Hawaii. Many of the Australian acacia species have been widely introduced elsewhere as cultivated small trees valued…

  • Silver Wedding (novel by Binchy)

    Maeve Binchy: Her later novels include Silver Wedding (1988), the story of a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and the events that led them there; Circle of Friends (1991; film 1995), about a pair of friends who attend university in Dublin; Tara Road (1998; film 2005), in which two women—one…

  • Silver Wedding, House of the (building, Pompeii, Italy)

    Pompeii: Description of the remains: ) The House of the Silver Wedding, with its imposing high-columned atrium, was also built during this period, but it underwent later alterations. The handsome banquet hall and the exedra, which served as a schoolroom for children of the family, were decorated in the Second Pompeian, or…

  • silver work (art)

    Silverwork, vessels, utensils, jewelry, coinage, and ornamentation made from silver. A brief treatment of silverwork follows. For full treatment, see metalwork. The oldest silver artifacts date from ancient Sumer about 4000 bce. The scarcity of silver, combined with its softness and malleability,

  • Silver, Horace (American musician)

    Horace Silver, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, exemplary performer of what came to be called the hard bop style of the 1950s and ’60s. The style was an extension of bebop, with elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, and Latin-American music added. The style was marked by increased

  • Silver, Horace Ward Martin Tavares (American musician)

    Horace Silver, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, exemplary performer of what came to be called the hard bop style of the 1950s and ’60s. The style was an extension of bebop, with elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, and Latin-American music added. The style was marked by increased

  • Silver, Long John (fictional character)

    Long John Silver, fictional character, resourceful pirate, one of the main characters in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island

  • Silver, Ron (American actor and activist)

    Ron Silver, (Ronald Arthur Silver; Ronald Zimelman), American actor and activist (born July 2, 1946, New York, N.Y.—died March 15, 2009, New York City), won a Tony Award for his role as a despicable Hollywood film producer in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow (1988) and compiled an impressive list of

  • Silver, Ronald Arthur (American actor and activist)

    Ron Silver, (Ronald Arthur Silver; Ronald Zimelman), American actor and activist (born July 2, 1946, New York, N.Y.—died March 15, 2009, New York City), won a Tony Award for his role as a despicable Hollywood film producer in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow (1988) and compiled an impressive list of

  • silver-backed chevrotain (mammal)
  • silver-ear (bird)

    Mesia, (species Leiothrix argentauris), songbird of the babbler family Timaliidae (order Passeriformes). It is found from Pakistan through the Indochinese peninsula in scrub and secondary jungle. This 15-centimetre- (6-inch-) long bird is olive above and yellow below, with a black crown, silver

  • silver-eared mesia (bird)

    Mesia, (species Leiothrix argentauris), songbird of the babbler family Timaliidae (order Passeriformes). It is found from Pakistan through the Indochinese peninsula in scrub and secondary jungle. This 15-centimetre- (6-inch-) long bird is olive above and yellow below, with a black crown, silver

  • silver-fork novel (literary subgenre)

    Fashionable novel, early 19th-century subgenre of the comedy of manners portraying the English upper class, usually by members of that class. One author particularly known for his fashionable novels was Theodore

  • silver-fork school of novelists (English literature)

    Theodore Edward Hook: …as a founder of the “silver-fork” school of novelists who, in the early 19th century, aimed to describe fashionable English society from the inside for those on the outside.

  • silver-haired bat (mammal)

    migration: Flying mammals (bats): cinereus), and the silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)—three species that roost primarily in trees and shrubs—are true migrants with strong powers of flight. They summer in the northern United States and in Canada and winter in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and probably also in the southwestern states. The southward…

  • Silver-Russell syndrome (pathology)

    genomic imprinting: Imprinting and fetal development: Additionally, in Silver-Russell syndrome (or Russell-Silver syndrome), a maternal uniparental disomy (both copies of a chromosome or partial chromosome are inherited from one parent), growth restriction is present. Similar effects are found in other cases of disordered imprinting. Preeclampsia, for example, in which disordered imprinting has been…

  • Silvera, Makeda (Canadian author)

    Canadian literature: Fiction: …of the Moon (1999) and Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend (2002) construct generational sagas of the African and Caribbean slave diaspora and immigrant life in Canada. Like Brand and Silvera, Shani Mootoo, whose Cereus Blooms at Night (1996) and He Drown She in the Sea (2005) unfold on…

  • Silverado (film by Kasdan [1985])

    John Cleese: …movies, including Time Bandits (1981), Silverado (1985), The Out-of-Towners (1999), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). He had leading roles in several comedies, such as Privates on Parade (1982); Clockwise (1986); A Fish Called Wanda (1988), perhaps his best-known film; and

  • Silverado Squatters, The (work by Stevenson)

    Calistoga: …there he prepared notes for The Silverado Squatters (1883). His sojourn is commemorated by a monument within what is now Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. A petrified forest containing giant redwood fossils and Bothe–Napa Valley State Park are nearby. Calistoga has flourished as a popular resort and has developed an…

  • silverback (gorilla)

    gorilla: …of the back—hence the term silverback, which is commonly used to refer to mature males. This saddle is much more conspicuous in eastern gorillas (G. beringei), which are jet black, than in western gorillas (G. gorilla), which are more of a deep gray-brown.

  • silverbill (bird)

    Silverbill, any of several birds named for bill colour. Some finches of the genus Lonchura (see munia) are called silverbill. Lichenops (Hymenops) perspicillata, the spectacled tyrant, or silverbill, of central South America, is a tyrant

  • Silverdome (sports arena, Pontiac, Michigan, United States)

    Pontiac: …was the site of the Silverdome (1975), a large indoor sports arena that was home to several sports teams, including the Detroit Lions (1975–2001) of the National Football League and the Detroit Pistons (1978–88) of the National Basketball Association; the stadium was demolished in 2017. Inc. village, 1837; city, 1861.…

  • silverfish (insect)

    Silverfish, (Lepisma saccharina), species of quick-moving, slender, flat, wingless insect having three tail bristles and silvery scales. Silverfish normally live indoors and are found worldwide. They often are considered pests because they eat materials containing high percentages of starch, such

  • silvergrass (plant)

    Silvergrass, (genus Miscanthus), genus of about 10 species of tall perennial grasses in the family Poaceae, native primarily to southeastern Asia. Eulalia, or Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis), and several other species sometimes are grown as lawn or border ornamentals for their silvery or

  • Silverheels, Jay (American actor)

    Lone Ranger: …majority of the episodes, and Jay Silverheels became the embodied Tonto. Although the radio program ended in 1954 and the television show in 1957, the Lone Ranger’s adventures continued in various forms, including the movies The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) and The Lone Ranger (2013).

  • silvering (glass process)

    Silvering, process of making mirrors by coating glass with silver, discovered by the German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. In the process silver–ammonia compounds are reduced chemically to metallic silver, which is deposited on a suitably shaped glass surface. Modern processes may utilize

  • Silverius, Saint (Italian saint)

    Saint Silverius, ; feast day June 20), Italian pope from 536 to 537, a victim of the intrigues of the Byzantine empress Theodora. Silverius was born to the future pope St. Hormisdas before Hormisdas had entered the priesthood. Silverius was a subdeacon when the Ostrogothic king Theodahad nominated

  • silverleaf eucalyptus (plant)

    eucalyptus: Physical description: …inches) in diameter—are borne by mottlecah, or silverleaf eucalyptus (E. macrocarpa).

  • Silverman, Belle Miriam (American opera singer)

    Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano who won international fame many years before her Metropolitan Opera debut at age 46. After retirement from her singing career, she became a notable arts advocate and fund-raiser. Sills was early destined by her mother for a career in the performing arts. At

  • Silverman, Bubbles (American opera singer)

    Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano who won international fame many years before her Metropolitan Opera debut at age 46. After retirement from her singing career, she became a notable arts advocate and fund-raiser. Sills was early destined by her mother for a career in the performing arts. At

  • Silverman, Fred (American television producer and executive)

    Fred Silverman, American television producer and executive who, as head of programming at each of the three major channels in the United States (CBS, ABC, and NBC), introduced a number of shows that are widely considered classics. Silverman attended Syracuse University (B.A., 1958) and the Ohio

  • Silverman, Sarah (American comedian, actress, and writer)

    Sarah Silverman, American comedian, actress, and writer known for her subversive pointed commentaries on the social construction of race, gender, and religion. Silverman’s father was a clothing store owner, and her mother was a photographer and theatre director. She and her three older sisters were

  • silverpoint (art)

    drawing: Metalpoints: …to permanent drawing is the silverpoint, which requires special preparation of the foundation and, once applied, cannot be corrected. Its stroke, also pale gray, oxidizes into brown and adheres unerasably. Silverpoint drawings accordingly require a clearer concept of form and a steady hand because corrections remain visible. Because too much…

  • Silvers, Phil (American actor and comedian)

    Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian who was best known for the TV series The Phil Silvers Show (1955–59). He began his career as a boy singer in vaudeville and a comedian in burlesque. After making his film debut in 1940, he appeared as comic relief in many feature films. He acted on Broadway

  • silversides (fish)

    Silversides, any of several species of small slim schooling fish of the family Atherinidae (order Atheriniformes), found in freshwater and along coasts around the world in warm and temperate regions. Silversides are named for the wide silvery stripe usually present on each side. They have two

  • Silversmith and His Wife, The (legend)

    Judaism: Major medieval Hebrew collections: Typical is the tale of The Silversmith and His Wife, which relates how a craftsman, persuaded by his greedy wife to make a statue of a princess, gets his hands cut off by the king for violating the Islamic law against making images, while his wife reaps rich rewards from…

  • Silversmith, Philip (American actor and comedian)

    Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian who was best known for the TV series The Phil Silvers Show (1955–59). He began his career as a boy singer in vaudeville and a comedian in burlesque. After making his film debut in 1940, he appeared as comic relief in many feature films. He acted on Broadway

  • silverspot (butterfly genus)

    fritillary: …silverspots, belong to the genus Speyeria and usually have silver markings on the underside of their wings. Many of the smaller fritillaries are members of the genus Boloria. Many fritillary larvae are nocturnal and feed on violet leaves.

  • Silverstein, Abe (American engineer)

    Abe Silverstein, American aerospace engineer and researcher (born Sept. 15, 1908, Terre Haute, Ind.—died June 1, 2001, Fairview Park, Ohio), was an early space researcher who coined the name Apollo for the missions that resulted in placing the first human on the Moon’s surface in 1969. S

  • Silverstein, Shel (American cartoonist and author)

    Shel Silverstein, American cartoonist, children’s author, poet, songwriter, and playwright best known for his light verse and quirky cartoons. In the 1950s Silverstein drew for the military magazine Stars and Stripes while serving in Japan and Korea, and he also contributed to Playboy. He created

  • Silverstein, Sheldon Allan (American cartoonist and author)

    Shel Silverstein, American cartoonist, children’s author, poet, songwriter, and playwright best known for his light verse and quirky cartoons. In the 1950s Silverstein drew for the military magazine Stars and Stripes while serving in Japan and Korea, and he also contributed to Playboy. He created

  • Silverstone, Alicia (American actress)

    Emma: Legacy: …released, a contemporary take starring Alicia Silverstone as Cher (Emma), Paul Rudd as Josh (Mr. Knightley), Brittany Murphy as Tai (Harriet), and Jeremy Sisto as Elton (Mr. Elton). Unlike the original novel, Clueless is set in Beverly Hills, California, in the mid-1990s. The film achieved cult status in the 21st…

  • silvertip (mammal)

    Grizzly bear, traditional name given to brown bears (Ursus arctos) of North America. Grizzly bears of the northern Rocky Mountains (U. arctos horribilis) are classified as a subspecies, as are the huge Kodiak bears of Alaska (U. arctos middendorffi). Grizzlies are massive animals with humped

  • Silverton (Colorado, United States)

    Silverton, town, seat (1876) of San Juan county, southwestern Colorado, U.S. Located at an elevation of 9,318 feet (2,840 metres), Silverton grew from an assemblage of gold-rush mining shacks in the early 1870s to a handsome Victorian community, most of whose buildings still stand; the entire town

  • silverware

    Flatware, spoons, forks, and serving implements used at the table. The term flatware was introduced toward the end of the 19th century. Strictly speaking, it excludes knives, which are classified as cutlery, although in common American usage knives are generally included. In the earliest spoons,

  • silverware

    Cutlery, cutting implements, such as knives, razors, and scissors, used for industrial, commercial, and domestic purposes. Prehistoric implements used for cutting, hunting, and defense were fashioned from stone, especially flint; from obsidian, a volcanic glass; and from bones and shells. Cutting

  • silverwork (art)

    Silverwork, vessels, utensils, jewelry, coinage, and ornamentation made from silver. A brief treatment of silverwork follows. For full treatment, see metalwork. The oldest silver artifacts date from ancient Sumer about 4000 bce. The scarcity of silver, combined with its softness and malleability,

  • silvery gibbon (primate)

    gibbon: …sexes look alike in the silvery gibbon (H. moloch) of Java and in the white-bearded (H. albibarbis) and Müller’s (H. muelleri) gibbons, both from different parts of Borneo.

  • Silvester (18th-century patriarch of Antioch)

    Melchite: …union elected their own patriarch, Silvester, and obtained the legal recognition from the Ottoman government that assured them autonomy. About 100 years later, after much persecution and religious difficulties with Jesuits and Lebanese Maronites, the Catholics also received autonomous status from the Ottoman Turks, which allowed for normal activity and…

  • Silvestre, Manuel Fernández (Spanish commander)

    Abd el-Krim: Adb el-Krim during the Rif War: Manuel Fernández Silvestre was routed by Abd el-Krim’s fighters into an epic retreat from their encampment at Annoual (Anwal) on July 22, 1921. Between 8,000 and 10,000 Spanish troops were killed, a great deal of Spanish weaponry was abandoned, more than 300 prisoners were captured,…

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