Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AC-A-DE-MI'CIAN – A-CAT'E-CHI-TI
AC-A-DE-MI'CIAN, a. [Fr. academicien.]
A member of an academy, or society for promoting arts and sciences; particularly, a member of the French academies.
The doctrine of the academic philosophy. – Baxter.
A member of an academy for promoting arts and sciences; also an academic philosopher.
A-CAD'E-MY, n. [L. academia, Gr. ακαδημια. Originally, it is said, a garden, grove, or villa, near Athens, where Plato and his followers held their philosophical conferences.]
- A school, or seminary of learning, holding a rank between a university or college, and a common school; also a school for teaching a particular art, or a particular sciences, as a military academy.
- A house, in which the students or members of an academy meet; a place of education.
- A society of men united for the promotion of arts and sciences in general, or of some particular art.
An order of marine animals. See Acalephe. – Currier.
A-CAL-E'PHAN, or AC-A-LE'PHE, n. [Gr. ακαληφη, a nettle.]
The class of marine animals comprehending the sea-nettle, jelly-fish, medusæ, &c. They are radiate and invertebrate, and have the property, when touched, of irritating the skin.
AC'A-LOT, n. [Contracted from acacalotl.]
A Mexican fowl, called by some the aquatic crow. It is the ibis, or a fowl that very much resembles it.
A bird, the Brazilian fly catcher, or Todus. – Cyc.
AC-A-NA'CEOUS, a. [acana'shus; Gr. ακανος, a prickly shrub.]
Armed with prickles. A class of plants are called Acanaceæ. – Milne.
A-CANTH'A, n. [Gr. ακανθα, a spine or thorn.]
In botany, a prickle; in zoology, a spine or prickly fin; an acute process of the vertebers. – Encyc.
Armed with prickles, as a plant.
A-CANTH'A-RIS, n. [Gr. ακανθιας.]
In entomology, a species of Cimex, with a spinous thorax, and a ciliated abdomen, with spines, found in Jamaica. – Cyc.
The sweet juice of ivy buds.
A-CANTHINE, a. [See Acanthus.]
Pertaining to the plant acanthus. The acanthine garments of the ancients were made of the down of thistles, or embroidered in imitation of the acanthus. – Encyc.
A-CAN'THO-PODE, n. [Gr. ακανθος, a spine, and πους, foot.]
A spine-footed insect, clavicorn and coleopterous.
A-CANTH-OP-TE-RYG'I-OUS, a. [Gr. ακανθος, a thorn, and πτερυθιον, a little feather, from πτερον, a feather.]
In zoology, having back fins, which are hard, bony and prickly, a term applied to certain fishes. – Linn.
A-CANTH'US, n. [Gr. ακανθος, L. acanthus, from ακανθα, a prickle or thorn. See Acantha.]
- The plant bear's breech or brink ursine; a genus of several species, receiving their name from their prickles.
- In architecture, an ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus, used in capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders. – Milton. Encyc.
A-CAN'TI-CONE, n. [See PISTACITE.]
A-CAN'ZI-I, n. [plur.]
The name given to light-horse in Turkey. – Knowles.
A bright star of the first magnitude, as in Eridanus. – Bailey.
A tick; a small articulated animal.
A-CAT-A-LEC'TIC, n. [Gr. ακαταληκτος, not defective at the end, of κατα and ληγω to cease; Ir. lieghim.]
A verse, which has the complete number of syllables without defect or superfluity. – Johnson.
A-CAT'A-LEP-SY, n. [Gr. ακαταληψια; α and καταλαμβανω, to comprehend.]
Impossibility of complete discovery or comprehension; incomprehensibility. [Little used.] – Whitaker.
A Mexican bird, a species of Fringilla, of the size of the siskin.