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  • Sao culture (African art)

    African art: Daima and Sao: Not far from the Nok area but very different in style, at Daima near Lake Chad, small, simple clay animal figures were by the 6th century bce being made by a population of Neolithic herdsmen. A little later they began making animals with more…

  • S?o Domingos (Guinea-Bissau)

    S?o Domingos, town situated on an estuary of the Cacheu River in northwestern Guinea-Bissau. Its economy is based on agriculture; rice culture predominates in the nearby western coastal areas, palm culture farther inland, and mixed forest to the east. S?o Domingos is connected by road and river to

  • S?o Félipe de Benguela (Angola)

    Benguela, city, western Angola. The city was founded in 1617 around S?o Filipe fortress and was one of the bases for Portuguese expansion in Africa. Benguela is the political and economic coordinating centre for the activities of the hinterland to the east and is linked by rail via the Benguela

  • S?o Filipe de Benguela (Angola)

    Benguela, city, western Angola. The city was founded in 1617 around S?o Filipe fortress and was one of the bases for Portuguese expansion in Africa. Benguela is the political and economic coordinating centre for the activities of the hinterland to the east and is linked by rail via the Benguela

  • S?o Francisco craton (geology)

    South America: The Precambrian: …the Amazonia, Luis Alves, and S?o Francisco cratons, although precisely dated rock samples are scarce. Ages older than 3 billion years have been reported in the Imataca Complex of Venezuela and in the Xingu area of Brazil, both in the Amazonia craton. The oldest rocks found so far—with ages of…

  • S?o Francisco das Chagas de Taubaté (historical village, Brazil)

    Taubaté: Formed as the village of S?o Francisco das Chagas de Taubaté in 1645, it was chartered as a city in 1842 at the onset of the Paraíba valley coffee boom. Remaining an agricultural centre after the boom declined, it also became industrialized. Engines and other automotive parts are manufactured there,…

  • S?o Francisco de Paula (Brazil)

    Pelotas, coastal city, southeastern Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It is located on the left bank of the S?o Gon?alo Canal, the river that connects Mirim Lagoon with the Patos Lagoon. Founded in 1780 as S?o Francisco de Paula, Pelotas was raised to town status and renamed in

  • S?o Francisco River (river, Brazil)

    S?o Francisco River, major river of eastern South America. With a length of 1,811 miles (2,914 kilometres), it is the fourth largest river system of the continent and the largest river wholly within Brazil. The S?o Francisco has been called the “river of national unity,” for it long has served as a

  • S?o Francisco, Chapel of (chapel, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

    Belo Horizonte: …bold architecture, exemplified by the Chapel of S?o Francisco, designed by Oscar Niemeyer and decorated by Cándido Portinari, and by the Mineir?o stadium, one of the largest football (soccer) stadiums in the country. Notable sights in the city centre include the Municipal Park, the broad tree-lined Afonso Pena Avenue, and…

  • S?o Francisco, Rio (river, Brazil)

    S?o Francisco River, major river of eastern South America. With a length of 1,811 miles (2,914 kilometres), it is the fourth largest river system of the continent and the largest river wholly within Brazil. The S?o Francisco has been called the “river of national unity,” for it long has served as a

  • S?o Gabriel (ship)

    Vasco da Gama: The first voyage: …120 tons, named the “S?o Gabriel” and the “S?o Rafael”; a 50-ton caravel, named the “Berrio”; and a 200-ton storeship. With da Gama’s fleet went three interpreters—two Arabic speakers and one who spoke several Bantu dialects. The fleet also carried padr?es (stone pillars) to set up as marks of…

  • S?o Gon?alo (Brazil)

    S?o Gon?alo, city, southwestern Rio de Janeiro estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It lies on the Imbua?u Stream and reaches the eastern shore of Guanabara Bay. S?o Gon?alo is a northeastern suburb of Niterói, the former state capital. Its varied industries are dominated by chemical works. A large

  • S?o Jo?o Baptista de Ajudá (Benin)

    S?o Jo?o Baptista de Ajudá, former Portuguese exclave (detached portion) of Sao Tome and Principe, in the city of Ouidah, Benin. Founded in 1721, it consisted of a fort and old factory (trading station). Until 1961, when the enclave was forcibly taken by Dahomey (now Benin) and its inhabitants

  • S?o Jo?o Batista da Beira do Ribeir?o Claro (Brazil)

    Rio Claro, city, in the highlands of east-central S?o Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It is situated at 2,050 feet (625 metres) above sea level along the Corumbataí River. Formerly called S?o Jo?o Batista da Beira do Ribeir?o Claro and S?o Jo?o Batista do Morro Azul, it was given town

  • S?o Jo?o Batista do Morro Azul (Brazil)

    Rio Claro, city, in the highlands of east-central S?o Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It is situated at 2,050 feet (625 metres) above sea level along the Corumbataí River. Formerly called S?o Jo?o Batista da Beira do Ribeir?o Claro and S?o Jo?o Batista do Morro Azul, it was given town

  • S?o Jo?o de Meriti (Brazil)

    S?o Jo?o de Meriti, city and northwestern suburb of Rio de Janeiro city, Rio de Janeiro estado (state), eastern Brazil. S?o Jo?o de Meriti, founded in 1647, was given city status in 1931. It lies near the headwaters of the S?o Jo?o de Meriti River, at 233 feet (71 metres) above sea level, 14 miles

  • S?o Jo?o del Rei (Brazil)

    S?o Jo?o del Rei, city, south-central Minas Gerais estado (state), Brazil. It lies along the Lenheiro River on a site sandwiched between two hills, at 2,822 feet (860 metres) above sea level. Originally a gold-mining town, it was given city status in 1838. The city retains a colonial atmosphere and

  • S?o Jorge da Mina (castle, Ghana)

    western Africa: The beginnings of European activity: …Jorge da Mina (the modern Elmina Castle) on the shores of the Gold Coast, on land leased from the local Akan, and in subsequent years this was supplemented by the construction of three additional forts, at Axim, Shama, and Accra. The purpose of these forts and their garrisons was to…

  • S?o Jorge dos Ilhéos (Brazil)

    Ilhéus, city, southeastern Bahia estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It is situated just east of Itabuna near the mouth of the Cachoeira River on Ilhéus Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. An old Portuguese colonial settlement that was originally named S?o Jorge dos Ilhéos (1532), it was given

  • S?o Jorge Island (island, Portugal)

    S?o Jorge Island, volcanic island of the central Azores of Portugal, east-central North Atlantic Ocean. S?o Jorge lies 35 miles (56 km) south of the island of Graciosa. It measures 36 by 4 miles (58 by 6 km) and has an area of about 95 square miles (246 square km). Its central peak, Esperan?a Peak,

  • S?o Jorge, Ilha de (island, Portugal)

    S?o Jorge Island, volcanic island of the central Azores of Portugal, east-central North Atlantic Ocean. S?o Jorge lies 35 miles (56 km) south of the island of Graciosa. It measures 36 by 4 miles (58 by 6 km) and has an area of about 95 square miles (246 square km). Its central peak, Esperan?a Peak,

  • S?o José das Aldeias Altas (Maranh?o, Brazil)

    Caxias, city, east-central Maranh?o estado (state), northeastern Brazil, lying on the Itapicuru River at 207 feet (63 metres) above sea level. Formerly known as S?o José das Aldeias Altas, it was renamed to honour Luis Alves de Lima e Silva, duque de Caxias, governor and military commander in

  • S?o José do Rio Prêto (Brazil)

    S?o José do Rio Prêto, city, in the highlands of northwestern S?o Paulo estado (state), Brazil. It lies 1,558 feet (475 metres) above sea level near the headwaters of the Prêto River. Originally called Rio Prêto, the city became a seat of a municipality in 1894 and grew as a service centre for an

  • S?o José dos Campos (Brazil)

    S?o José dos Campos, city, eastern S?o Paulo estado (state), Brazil. It lies along the Paraíba do Sul River at 2,110 feet (643 metres) above sea level. Known successively as Vila Nova de S?o José, Vila de S?o José do Sul, and Vila de S?o José do Paraíba, the colonial settlement developed around a

  • S?o Leopoldo (Brazil)

    S?o Leopoldo, city, eastern Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), Brazil. It lies along the Sinos River at 85 feet (26 metres) above sea level, just north of Porto Alegre, the state capital, and is part of the greater Porto Alegre metropolitan area. The first German colony (1824) established in

  • S?o Louren?o River (river, Brazil)

    S?o Louren?o River, northeastern tributary of the Paraguay River. The S?o Louren?o rises near Poxoreu, in southeastern Mato Grosso estado (“state”), Brazil, and flows approximately 300 miles (480 km) southwest through the Paraguay floodplain to join the Paraguay River 80 miles (130 km) north of C

  • S?o Luís (Brazil)

    S?o Luís, city, capital of Maranh?o estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It lies on the west side of S?o Luís Island on the Atlantic coast. The island is really a long, narrow peninsula between the drowned mouths of the Mearim and Itapicuru rivers (S?o Marcos Bay to the west and S?o José Bay to the

  • S?o Luiz do Maranh?o (Brazil)

    S?o Luís, city, capital of Maranh?o estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It lies on the west side of S?o Luís Island on the Atlantic coast. The island is really a long, narrow peninsula between the drowned mouths of the Mearim and Itapicuru rivers (S?o Marcos Bay to the west and S?o José Bay to the

  • S?o Mamede, Battle of (Portuguese history)

    Afonso I: …his party prevailed in the Battle of S?o Mamede, near Guimar?es (1128). Though at first obliged as a vassal to submit to his cousin Alfonso VII of Leon, Afonso assumed the title of king in 1139.

  • S?o Manoel River (river, Brazil)

    Teles Pires River, river in central Brazil. It rises as the Paranatinga River in the Serra Azul (the Amazon-Paraguay river divide) in central Mato Grosso state and flows generally north-northwestward, where it joins the Juruena River to form the Tapajós River, a major tributary of the Amazon. For

  • S?o Manuel River (river, Brazil)

    Teles Pires River, river in central Brazil. It rises as the Paranatinga River in the Serra Azul (the Amazon-Paraguay river divide) in central Mato Grosso state and flows generally north-northwestward, where it joins the Juruena River to form the Tapajós River, a major tributary of the Amazon. For

  • S?o Marcos Bay (bay, Brazil)

    S?o Marcos Bay, bay of the Atlantic Ocean in Maranh?o estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It is about 60 miles (100 km) long and up to 10 miles (16 km) wide. The bay is actually a drowned river mouth, part of the Mearim River estuary, and it receives the Grajaú and the Itapicuru rivers. Of the

  • S?o Marcos, Baía de (bay, Brazil)

    S?o Marcos Bay, bay of the Atlantic Ocean in Maranh?o estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It is about 60 miles (100 km) long and up to 10 miles (16 km) wide. The bay is actually a drowned river mouth, part of the Mearim River estuary, and it receives the Grajaú and the Itapicuru rivers. Of the

  • S?o Mateus River (river, Brazil)

    Espírito Santo: The most important rivers—the Doce, S?o Mateus, and Itapemirim—flow eastward across the state to the ocean; navigation on these rivers is hampered by their irregular rate of flow, as well as by falls, rapids, and sandbars.

  • S?o Miguel Island (island, Portugal)

    S?o Miguel Island, island, largest of the Azores archipelago of Portugal, in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is situated about 740 miles (1,190 km) west of Cape Roca on Portugal’s west coast. S?o Miguel is up to 40 miles (65 km) long and 9 miles (15 km) wide and has an area of 293 square miles (759

  • S?o Miguel, Ilha de (island, Portugal)

    S?o Miguel Island, island, largest of the Azores archipelago of Portugal, in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is situated about 740 miles (1,190 km) west of Cape Roca on Portugal’s west coast. S?o Miguel is up to 40 miles (65 km) long and 9 miles (15 km) wide and has an area of 293 square miles (759

  • S?o Nicolau Island (island, Cabo Verde)

    S?o Nicolau Island, island of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean, between the islands of Santa Luzia and Boa Vista, about 400 miles (640 km) off the West African coast. Of volcanic origin and mountainous, it rises to 4,277 feet (1,304 metres) at Mount Gordo. Settled since the 15th century, the

  • S?o Nicolau, Ilha de (island, Cabo Verde)

    S?o Nicolau Island, island of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean, between the islands of Santa Luzia and Boa Vista, about 400 miles (640 km) off the West African coast. Of volcanic origin and mountainous, it rises to 4,277 feet (1,304 metres) at Mount Gordo. Settled since the 15th century, the

  • S?o Paulo (Brazil)

    S?o Paulo, city, capital of S?o Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It is the foremost industrial centre in Latin America. The city is located on a plateau of the Brazilian Highlands extending inland from the Serra do Mar, which rises as part of the Great Escarpment only a short distance

  • S?o Paulo (Brazilian football club)

    S?o Paulo FC, Brazilian professional football (soccer) club based in S?o Paulo. S?o Paulo FC is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, and the club’s six national league titles are more than any other Brazilian team. S?o Paulo was formed in 1935 by the merger of two football clubs, Clube de

  • S?o Paulo (state, Brazil)

    S?o Paulo, estado (state) of southeastern Brazil, bordering on the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast and bounded by the states of Minas Gerais (northeast), Rio de Janeiro (east), Paraná (southwest), and Mato Grosso do Sul (west). S?o Paulo constitutes the heart of the Southeast, Brazil’s most

  • S?o Paulo de Luanda (national capital, Angola)

    Luanda, city, capital of Angola. Located on the Atlantic coast of northern Angola, it is the country’s largest city and one of its busiest seaports. Founded in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais and initially settled by the Portuguese, Luanda became the administrative centre of the Portuguese colony of

  • S?o Paulo FC (Brazilian football club)

    S?o Paulo FC, Brazilian professional football (soccer) club based in S?o Paulo. S?o Paulo FC is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, and the club’s six national league titles are more than any other Brazilian team. S?o Paulo was formed in 1935 by the merger of two football clubs, Clube de

  • S?o Paulo fever

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, form of tick-borne typhus first described in the Rocky Mountain section of the United States, caused by a specific microorganism (Rickettsia rickettsii). Discovery of the microbe of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 1906 by H.T. Ricketts led to the understanding of other

  • S?o Paulo Futebol Clube (Brazilian football club)

    S?o Paulo FC, Brazilian professional football (soccer) club based in S?o Paulo. S?o Paulo FC is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, and the club’s six national league titles are more than any other Brazilian team. S?o Paulo was formed in 1935 by the merger of two football clubs, Clube de

  • S?o Paulo, Universidade de (university, S?o Paulo, Brazil)

    Brazil: Higher education: The University of S?o Paulo is the largest and most important state university. The largest private university is Paulista University, also located in S?o Paulo.

  • S?o Paulo, University of (university, S?o Paulo, Brazil)

    Brazil: Higher education: The University of S?o Paulo is the largest and most important state university. The largest private university is Paulista University, also located in S?o Paulo.

  • S?o Pedro (river, Brazil)

    S?o Francisco River: Physiography: …the S?o Francisco receives the S?o Pedro, Ipueira, and Pajeú rivers—culminates in the great Paulo Afonso Falls (see photograph). At the top of the falls, the river divides suddenly and violently and cuts three successive falls through the granite rocks for a total drop of about 275 feet. Below the…

  • S?o Pedro do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

    Rio Grande, port city, southeastern Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. The city lies along the Rio Grande (river), which is the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean of the Patos Lagoon. It is built on a low peninsula, barely 5 feet (1.5 metres) above sea level and 8 miles (13 km) from the

  • S?o Pedro e S?o Paulo, Penedos de (archipelago, Brazil)

    Saint Peter and Saint Paul Rocks, archipelago lying about 685 miles (1,100 km) off the coast of northeastern Brazil, just north of the Equator. Under Brazilian sovereignty, it consists of six large islands, four smaller ones, and several rock tops. It is one of the most important fishing sites of

  • S?o Rafael (ship)

    Vasco da Gama: The first voyage: …“S?o Gabriel” and the “S?o Rafael”; a 50-ton caravel, named the “Berrio”; and a 200-ton storeship. With da Gama’s fleet went three interpreters—two Arabic speakers and one who spoke several Bantu dialects. The fleet also carried padr?es (stone pillars) to set up as marks of discovery.

  • S?o Roque, Cape (cape, Brazil)

    Cape S?o Roque, headland on the northeastern Atlantic coast of Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte state, 20 miles (32 km) north of Natal, the state capital. It is frequently called the easternmost point of the South American continent (at 5°29′ S 35°13′ W), but the true eastern extremity is at Cape Branco

  • S?o Roque, church of (church, Lisbon, Portugal)

    Lisbon: Cultural life: …is the 16th-century church of St. Roque, whose unpretentious exterior belies its opulent collection of painted tiles, paintings, and mosaics inlaid with semiprecious stones.

  • S?o Salvador (Brazil)

    Salvador, city, major port, and capital (since 1889) of Bahia estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It is the country’s third largest city. Salvador is situated at the southern tip of a picturesque, bluff-formed peninsula that separates Todos os Santos (All Saints) Bay, a deep natural harbour, from

  • S?o Salvador do Congo (Angola)

    M’banza Congo, city, northwestern Angola. It is situated on a low plateau about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Nóqui, which is the nearest point on the Congo River. Originally known as Mbanza Kongo, it was the capital of the Kongo kingdom from about 1390 until 1914, when the kingdom was broken up

  • S?o Sebasti?o do Ribeir?o Prêto (Brazil)

    Ribeir?o Prêto, city, northeastern S?o Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil. Situated in the Brazilian Highlands region at an elevation of 1,700 feet (520 metres) above sea level, it lies on the Prêto River, a tributary of the Pardo River. Founded in 1856 and formerly called Entre Rios and S?o

  • S?o Tiago (island, Cabo Verde)

    Santiago, largest and most populous island of Cabo Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean, about 400 miles (640 km) off the West African coast. The land rises to its highest elevation at Antónia Peak, 4,566 feet (1,392 metres) above sea level. Santiago is Cabo Verde’s most agriculturally productive island.

  • S?o Tiago, Order of (Portuguese religious association)

    Vasco da Gama: The third voyage: …Admiral and the Order of S?o Tiago over the ownership of the town of Sines, which the Admiral had been promised but which the order refused to yield. Da Gama had married a lady of good family, Caterina de Ataíde—perhaps in 1500 after his return from his first voyage—and he…

  • S?o Tomé (national capital, Sao Tome and Principe)

    S?o Tomé, city and capital of Sao Tome and Principe. It is on the northeastern coast of the island of S?o Tomé, situated on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea. It is the country’s largest city and one of its major ports. S?o Tomé is home to the National Museum, the National Archives, and a large

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    Sao Tome and Principe, country of central Africa, located on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea. It consists of two main islands—S?o Tomé and Príncipe—and several rocky islets, including R?las, south of S?o Tomé island, and Caro?o, Pedras, and Tinhosas, south of Príncipe. S?o Tomé, which is oval in

  • Sao Tome and Principe, flag of

    national flag consisting of horizontal stripes of green, yellow, and green with a red hoist triangle and two black stars on the yellow stripe. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 1 to 2.Following the revolution in Portugal in April 1974, the possibility of independence for Portuguese colonies

  • Sao Tome and Principe, history of

    Sao Tome and Principe: History: This discussion focuses on Sao Tome and Principe since the late 15th century. For a treatment of the country in its regional context, see Central Africa.

  • S?o Tomé e Príncipe

    Sao Tome and Principe, country of central Africa, located on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea. It consists of two main islands—S?o Tomé and Príncipe—and several rocky islets, including R?las, south of S?o Tomé island, and Caro?o, Pedras, and Tinhosas, south of Príncipe. S?o Tomé, which is oval in

  • S?o Tomé Island (island, Sao Tome and Principe)

    Sao Tome and Principe: Land: S?o Tomé, which is oval in shape, is larger than Príncipe, which lies about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of its sister island. The capital of the country, S?o Tomé city, is situated in the northeastern part of S?o Tomé island. The country’s closest neighbours…

  • S?o Tomé Peak (mountain, Sao Tome and Principe)

    Sao Tome and Principe: Relief and drainage: S?o Tomé Peak, the highest point on the main island, rises to 6,640 feet (2,024 metres) above sea level, and Príncipe Peak on the smaller island reaches 3,110 feet (948 metres). These mountainous areas are deeply dissected by stream erosion, and spectacular isolated volcanic plugs…

  • S?o Tomé, Cape (cape, Brazil)

    Cape S?o Tomé, headland on the Atlantic coast of eastern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro state, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Campos. It was formed by sediments deposited by the Paraíba do Sul River, which discharges into the ocean at a point 25 miles (40 km) to the north. The cape was first sighted by

  • S?o Vicente (Brazil)

    S?o Vicente, city, southeastern S?o Paulo estado (state), Brazil. It lies on S?o Vicente Island and adjoins Santos city in Santos Bay, forming part of the greater Santos metropolitan area. Although the exact date of its settlement is unknown, S?o Vicente was one of the earliest successful

  • S?o Vicente Island (island, Cabo Verde)

    S?o Vicente Island, island of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean, between the islands of Santo Ant?o and Santa Luzia, about 400 miles (640 km) off the western African coast. It rises to Monte Verde (2,539 feet [774 metres]). The main economic activities are subsistence agriculture (corn [maize],

  • S?o Vicente, Cabo de (cape, Portugal)

    Cape Saint Vincent, cape, southwesternmost Portugal, forming with Sagres Point a promontory on the Atlantic Ocean. To the Greeks and Romans it was known, from the presence of a shrine there, as the Sacred Promontory. Tourism, pastoralism, and fishing are the economic mainstays of the region, which

  • saola (mammal)

    bovid: …in its own genus, the saola, discovered in the 1990s in the montane forests that divide Laos and Vietnam.

  • Sa?ne River (river, France)

    Sa?ne River, river that rises near Vioménil, southwest of épinal, in the Vosges département, Lorraine région, eastern France. It flows southward to join the Rh?ne River at Lyon after a course of about 300 miles (480 km). From its source the Sa?ne flows southwestward into Haute-Sa?ne département

  • Sa?ne-et-Loire (department, France)

    Burgundy: …the central départements of C?te-d’Or, Sa?ne-et-Loire, Nièvre, and Yonne. In 2016 the Burgundy région was joined with the région of Franche-Comté to form the new administrative entity of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

  • Saora (people)

    Savara, tribe of eastern India. They are distributed mainly in the states of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Bihār, with total numbers of about 310,000, most of whom are in Orissa. Most Savara have become Hinduized and generally speak the Oriya language. Their traditional form of Munda

  • Saoshyans (Zoroastrianism)

    Saoshyans, in Zoroastrian eschatology, final saviour of the world and quencher of its evil; he is the foremost of three saviours (the first two are ōshētar and ōshētarmāh) who are all posthumous sons of Zoroaster. One will appear at the end of each of the three last millennia of the world,

  • S?otomense (language)

    Sao Tome and Principe: Languages: …three Portuguese-based creoles are spoken: S?otomense, spoken by the Forros and having by far the largest number of speakers; Angolar, the language of the Angolares, spoken on the southern tip of S?o Tomé; and Principense, spoken by only a few hundred individuals on Príncipe.

  • SAP (political party, Sweden)

    Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP), socialist political party in Sweden, the country’s oldest existing political party. From its founding in 1889, the SAP has been committed to the creation of an egalitarian society. It has led Sweden’s government for most of the period since 1932. The SAP

  • SAP (cosmology)

    anthropic principle: Forms of the anthropic principle: …WAP be distinguished from a strong anthropic principle (SAP), which posits that life must exist in the universe. This has been cast as a teleological statement: the universe has been fine-tuned in order to ensure that life arises. Analysis of this statement lies outside the domain of science. (Alternatively, if…

  • SAP (German company)

    Shai Agassi: …2001 TopTier was bought by SAP, a leading German software company, for $400 million. The following year Agassi joined the SAP executive board and became president of SAP’s Products and Technology Group. Known as a persuasive visionary with a command of the facts, he was invited (2005) to join the…

  • sap (plant physiology)

    Sap, watery fluid of plants. Cell sap is a fluid found in the vacuoles (small cavities) of the living cell; it contains variable amounts of food and waste materials, inorganic salts, and nitrogenous compounds. Xylem sap carries soil nutrients (e.g., dissolved minerals) from the root system to the

  • SAP (political party, South Africa)

    South African Party (SAP), South African political party formed in November 1911, in the aftermath of the 1910 Union of South Africa, by various parties allied to Louis Botha and Jan Smuts. It was the governing party in South Africa from 1911 to 1924 and laid the foundations of apartheid. The party

  • sap beetle (insect)

    Sap beetle, (family Nitidulidae), any of at least 2,000 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) usually found around souring or fermenting plant fluids (e.g., decaying fruit, moldy logs, fungi). Sap beetles are about 12 mm (0.5 inch) or less in length and oval or elongated in shape. In some

  • Sap, Thale (lagoon, Gulf of Thailand)

    Luang Lake, coastal lake or lagoon (thale), southern Thailand, on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. The lake, 50 miles (80 km) long and up to 15 miles (24 km) wide, is dotted with islands. It is a fertile fishing ground and is connected to the Gulf of Thailand at Songkhla town on its southern

  • sapajou (primate)

    Capuchin monkey, (genus Cebus), common Central and South American primate found in tropical forests from Nicaragua to Paraguay. Capuchins, considered among the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, are named for their “caps” of hair, which resemble the cowls of Capuchin monks. These monkeys

  • Sapele (Nigeria)

    Sapele, town and port, Delta state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Benin River just below the confluence of the Ethiope and Jamieson rivers, 98 miles (158 km) from the Escravos Bar and entrance to the Bight of Benin. The town also lies on the road that branches to Warri, Ughelli, and Asaba and

  • Sapelo Island (island, Georgia, United States)

    Sea Islands: …antebellum period, almost all of Sapelo Island became the domain of Thomas Spalding, a prominent Georgia slaveholder, planter, and legislator. In the last half of the 19th century, Jekyll Island was made an exclusive winter playground for members of the Jekyll Island Club; the Carnegie family also secured most of…

  • Saperstein, Abe (American showman)

    Harlem Globetrotters: Sports promoter Abe Saperstein acquired the team soon after and owned it until his death in 1966. In January 1927 the team debuted in Hinckley, Ill., under the name New York Globetrotters. The name was changed in 1930 to Harlem Globetrotters to capitalize on the cultural notoriety…

  • Saphar (ancient site, Yemen)

    ?afār, ancient Arabian site located southwest of Yarīm in southern Yemen. It was the capital of the ?imyarites, a tribe that ruled much of southern Arabia from about 115 bc to about ad 525. Up until the Persian conquest (c. ad 575), ?afār was one of the most important and celebrated towns in

  • saphenous nerve (anatomy)

    human nervous system: Lumbar plexus: …surface of the leg (saphenous nerve), to the quadriceps muscles (muscular branches), to the hip and knee joints, and to the articularis genu muscle.

  • saphenous vein (anatomy)

    human cardiovascular system: Inferior vena cava and its tributaries: …by the large and small saphenous veins, which are continuations of the dorsal venous arch. The small saphenous vein extends up the back of the lower leg to terminate usually in the popliteal vein. There is some interconnection with deep veins and with the great saphenous vein. The latter vein,…

  • Sapho (work by Daudet)

    Alphonse Daudet: Life: …much later, in his novel Sapho (1884). He also contributed articles to the newspapers, in particular to Figaro. In 1860 he met Frédéric Mistral, the leader of the 19th-century revival of Proven?al language and literature, who awakened his enthusiasm for the life of the south of France, which was regarded…

  • SAPI (body armour)

    armour: Modern body armour systems: …mm, and two ceramic “small arms protective inserts,” or SAPI plates, which can be inserted into the vest to provide additional protection. Altogether the full system weighs some 16 pounds (7.25 kg), but it provides protection against 7.62-mm full-metal-jacket rifle bullets—a level of protection that earlier versions of body…

  • Sapieha family (Polish family)

    Sapieha Family, princely family, important in Polish history, that was descended from Ukrainian boyars subject to Lithuania. Lew (1557–1633), a Calvinist in his youth, returned to Roman Catholicism and supported the king of Poland. He served as chancellor of Lithuania in 1589–1623 and encouraged P

  • Sapindaceae (plant family)

    Sapindales: Sapindaceae: Many members of the order are important economically, particularly for their timber or fruits. A few tropical species of the family Sapindaceae produce useful wood for construction, furniture, or fuel, but many are better known for their fruits. Blighia sapida (akee) from West Africa,…

  • Sapindales (plant order)

    Sapindales, order of dicotyledonous flowering plants, containing 9 families, about 460 genera, and some 5,700 species of shrubs, woody vines, and trees. It includes the Citrus genus and other species important for their fruits. More than half the species in Sapindales belong to two families:

  • Sapindus (plant)

    Soapberry, any member of the genus Sapindus, of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), comprising about 12 species of shrubs and trees native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, the Americas, and islands of the Pacific. The leaves are divided into leaflets, which are arranged along an axis.

  • Sapindus saponaria (plant)

    Sapindales: Sapindaceae: The fruits of Sapindus saponaria (soapberry), a tropical American species, contain saponins (chemical substances that produce soapy lather in water) and are used as soap. The genus name Sapindus means “soap of the Indians.” A number of members of Sapindaceae have saponins in their tissues. In the American…

  • Sapir, Edward (American linguist)

    Edward Sapir, one of the foremost American linguists and anthropologists of his time, most widely known for his contributions to the study of North American Indian languages. A founder of ethnolinguistics, which considers the relationship of culture to language, he was also a principal developer of

  • Sapir, Pinchas (Israeli politician)

    Pinhas Sapir, influential Israeli politician who was noted for securing funds and military aid for Israel. At age 20 Sapir moved to Palestine, where he joined the Israel Labour Party, organized demonstrations and strikes during the period of British rule, and was imprisoned for four months (1933).

  • Sapir, Pinhas (Israeli politician)

    Pinhas Sapir, influential Israeli politician who was noted for securing funds and military aid for Israel. At age 20 Sapir moved to Palestine, where he joined the Israel Labour Party, organized demonstrations and strikes during the period of British rule, and was imprisoned for four months (1933).

  • Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (linguistics)

    North American Indian languages: Language and culture: …now often known as the Whorfian (or Sapir-Whorf) hypothesis. Whorf’s initial arguments focused on the striking differences between English and Native American ways of saying “the same thing.” From such linguistic differences, Whorf inferred underlying differences in habits of thought and tried to show how these thought patterns are reflected…

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