Dictionary: NE'NI-A – NE-PHROT'O-MY

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NE'NI-A, n. [Gr.]

A funeral song; an elegy. [Not used.]


The great white Water Lily of Europe, or Nymphæa alba.

NE-OD'A-MODE, n. [Gr. νεοδαμωδης; νεος, new, and δημωδης, popular; δημος, people.]

In ancient Greece, a person newly admitted to citizenship. Mitford.

NE-OG'A-MIST, n. [Gr. νεος, new, and γανεω, to marry.]

A person recently married.

NE-O-LOG'IC, or NE-O-LOG'IC-AL, a. [from neology.]

Pertaining to neology; employing new words. Chesterfield.


In a neological manner.


A new word or expression.


One who introduces new words into a language. Lavoisier has been a successful neologist. Med. Repos.


The act of neologizing. Jefferson.

NE-OL'O-GIZE, v.i.

To introduce or use new terms.

NE-OL'O-GY, n. [Gr. νεος, new, and λογος, a word.]

The introduction of a new word or of new words into a language. The present nomenclature of chimistry is a remarkable instance of neology.

NE-O-NO'MI-AN, n. [Gr. νεος, new, and νομος, law.]

One who advocates new laws, or desires God's law to be altered. Scott.

NE'O-PHYTE, n. [Gr. νεος, new, and φυτον, a plant.]

  1. A new convert or proselyte; a name given by the early Christians to such heathens as had recently embraced the Christian faith, and were considered as regenerated by baptism. Encyc.
  2. A novice; one newly admitted to the order of priest.
  3. A tyro; a beginner in learning.

NE-O-TER'IC, or NE-O-TER'IC-AL, a. [Gr. νεωτερικος, young, from νεος, new; Low L. neotericus.]

New; recent in origin; modern. Bacon.


One of modern times. Burton.

NEP, n.

A plant of the genus Nepeta; catmint.

NE-PEN'THE, n. [Gr. νηπενθης; νη, not, and πενθος, grief.]

A drug or medicine that relieves pain and exhilarates. [Little used.] Milton.

NEPH'E-LIN, or NEPH'E-LINE, n. [Gr. νεφελη, a cloud.]

A mineral found mixed with other substances, primitive or volcanic, in small masses or veins, granolamellar and in hexahedral crystals. It is white or yellow. Dict. Nat. Hist. Ure.

NEPH'EW, n. [Fr. neveu; L. nepos; It. nepote; D. neef; G. neffe; Sans. naptri; W. nai, contracted.]

  1. The son of a brother or sister. Dryden.
  2. A grandson; also, a descendant. [Not much used.] Hooker.


Disease or pain in the kidneys.

NEPH'RITE, n. [Gr. νεφριτης, from νεφρος, the kidneys.]

A mineral, a subspecies of jade, of a leek green color, massive and in rolled pieces. It occurs in granite and gneiss, and is remarkable for its hardness and tenacity. It was formerly worn as a remedy for diseases of the kidneys, but is now cut into handles of sabers and daggers. Cleaveland. Ure. Cyc.

NE-PHRIT'IC, or NE-PHRIT'IC-AL, a. [Gr. νεφριτικος, from νεφρος, the kidneys.]

  1. Pertaining to the kidneys or organs of urine; as, nephritic disease.
  2. Affected with a disease of the kidneys; as, a nephritic patient.
  3. Relieving disorders of the kidneys in general; as, a nephritic medicine. Nephritic stone, a stone of the silicious kind, called jade. Nephritic wood, a species of compact wood of a fine grain brought from New Spain, which gives a blue color to spirit of wine and to water; which color is changed to yellow by acids, and again to blue by alkalies. Supposed to be the Hyperanthera Moringa. Nicholson. Encyc.


A medicine adapted to relieve or cure tin diseases of the kidneys, particularly the gravel or stone in the bladder. Cyc.


In medicine, an inflammation of the kidneys.

NE-PHROT'O-MY, n. [Gr. νεφρος, a kidney, and τομη, cutting.]

In surgery, the operation of extracting a stone front the kidney, by cutting. Cyc.