musculus, diminutive of mus, mouse, applied to small sea fish and mussels), a term applied in England to two families of Lamellibranch Molluscs - the marine Mytilacea, of which the edible mussel, Mytilus edulis, is the representative; and the fresh-water Unionidae, of which the river mussel, Unio pictorum, and the swan mussel, Anodonta cygnea, are the common British examples.
The word is a diminutive from Eibos, and is supposed to mean " little poems."
"Stripling," a youth, is apparently a diminutive of "strip," in the sense of a.
In_ the very crisis of the Swedish War, the diminutive army of the victorious Chodkiewicz was left unpaid, with the result that the soldiers mutinied, and marched off en masse.
ANOA, the native name of the small wild buffalo of Celebes, Bos (Bubalus) depressicornis, which stands but little over a yard at the shoulder, and is the most diminutive of all wild cattle.
nigellum, diminutive of niger, " black"; Late Gr.
capelle or cappella, diminutive of cappa, a cape, particularly that of a monk.
Those germs which do not ripen during the season undergo a process of resorption, and in the winter the whole ovary dwindles to often a diminutive size.
Their presence is due to lateral outgrowths of crystals shooting from the side of a growing stalactite, or to deflections caused by currents of air, or to the existence of a diminutive fungus peculiar to the locality and designated from its habitat Mucor stalactitis.
mc4nte), must, as the New English Dictionary points out, be a "back-formation," and this will explain the diminutive form of the Spanish mantilla.
They are not often represented as diminutive in stature, and seem to be subject to such human passions as love, jealousy, envy and revenge.
PETREL, the general name of a group of birds (of which more than too species are recognized), derived from the habit which some of them possess of apparently walking on the surface of the water as the apostle St Peter (of whose name the word is a diminutive form) is recorded (Matt.
In the heart of the delta numerous large lakes or marshes abounding in fish are formed by the overflow of the Irrawaddy river during the rainy season, but these either assume very diminutive proportions or disappear altogether in the dry season.
The subjects are, between two panthers, a central group of a gigantic Medusa with her two diminutive children, Pegasus and Chrysaor, and corner groups of apparently unconnected battle scenes.
The diminutive cities of this cosmopolitan Palestine were ruled by kings, not necessarily of the native stock; some were appointed - and even anointed - by the Egyptian king, and the small extent of these city-states is obvious from the references to the kings of such near-lying sites as Jerusalem, Gezer, Ashkelon and Lachish.
It possesses all the active, courageous and bloodthirsty disposition of the rest of the genus, but its diminutive size prevents it attacking and destroying any but the smaller mammals and birds.
3, 88, "Paraquito") is said by the same authority to be from the Spanish Periquito or Perroqueto, a small Parrot, diminutive of Perico, a Parrot, which again may be a diminutive from Pedro, the proper name.
One of these diminutive convents is appropriated to the "oblati" or novices (Q), the other to the sick monks as an "infirmary" (R).
circulus, the diminutive of circus, a ring; the cognate Gr.
A detailed plan for the entire rapid is vital when facing the holes, drops, haystacks, rocks and chutes served up by even the most diminutive river.
" him," " her," " the man," &c.), ldtok, " I see " (indefinite); the insertion of the causative, frequentative, diminutive and potential syllables after the root of the verb, e.g.
pensum, weight), of which peseta is a diminutive, was a Spanish coin of gold, peso de oro, or silver, peso de plata, once current in Spain and her colonies, and now the name of a silver coin of many South American states.
boleida, diminutive of the Arab word belad, city, occupies the site of a military station in the time of the Romans, but the present town appears to date from the 16th century.
Both present the appearance of diminutive clusters of grapes, at the anterior end of the kidneys, close to the suprarenal bodies, separated from each other by the descending aorta and by the vena cava where this is formed by the right and left vena iliaca communis.
molecula, the diminutive of moles, a mass), in chemistry and physics, the minutest particle of matter capable of separate existence.
In other words, don't let the diminutive size deceive you.
mosquito, a gnat, diminutive of mosca, a fly), a term originally applied to many species of small blood FIG.
And lastly, by the Papirian law (89 B.C.) it was further reduced to the diminutive weight of half an ounce.
There are also ruins of an old church, the dedication of which, like the island chapel, is ascribed to one St Begnet, perhaps a diminutive form of Bega, but the identity is not clear.
It consists of a group of old-fashioned timber and plaster buildings, a tall belfry, and a diminutive church of white marble, founded in 1190 by King Stephen Nemanya, who himself turned monk and was canonized as St Simeon.
PYRAMIDION (diminutive of "pyramid"), an architectural term for the copper-gilt casing covering the apex of an obelisk, and generally extended to its upper termination of pyramidical form.
The native cattle, also diminutive in size, with small horns and short legs, furnish beef of remarkable tenderness and flavour; while the cows, when well fed, yield a plentiful supply of rich milk.
Consequently he was called Nardulus, a diminutive form of Einhardus, and his great industry and activity caused him to be likened to an ant.
Perrot or Pierrot, the diminutive of the proper name Pierre), the name given 1 "Parakeet" (in Shakespeare, i Hen.
saxatilis) and the diminutive Pronolagus crassicaudatus, characterized by its thick red tail.
The Italian word is generally taken to be from porcella, diminutive of porco, pig, from a supposed resemblance of the shell to a pig's back.
FRATICELLI (plural diminutive of Ital.
It has been suggested that the diminutive size of the male is of great advantage to him during courtship, because he is enabled to move easily thereby to escape from her clutches should she turn upon him with hostile intent.
The stocks are commonly divided into two classes: - (1) free stocks, which consist of seedling plants, chiefly of the same genus or species as the trees from which the scions are taken; and (2) dwarfing stocks, which are of more diminutive growth, either varieties of the same species or species of the same or some allied genus as the scion, which have a tendency to lessen the expansion of the engrafted tree.
"Rugayushka!" he added, involuntarily by this diminutive expressing his affection and the hopes he placed on this red borzoi.
In the form of an old woman named Deo (= the " seeker," or simply a diminutive form), she comes to the house of Celeus at Eleusis, where she is hospitably received.
The most remarkable thing about this Cameroon sheep is, however, its extremely diminutive size, a full-grown ram standing only 19 in.
In the Malay Peninsula the blood of a murdered man must be put in a bottle and prayers said over; after seven days of this worship a sound is heard and the operator puts his finger into the bottle for the polong, as the demon is called, to suck; it will fly through the air in the shape of an exceedingly diminutive female figure, and is always preceded by its pet, the pelesit, in the shape of a grasshopper.
The Russians then poured into eastern Poland; the Prussians, at the beginning of 1793, alarmed lest Catherine should appropriate the whole Republic, occupied Great Poland; and a diminutive, debased and helpless assembly met at Grodno in order, in the midst of a Russian army corps,"to come to an amicable understanding" with the partitioning powers.
The plan given by Viollet-le-Duc of the Priory of St Jean des Bons Hommes, a Cluniac cell, situated between the town of Avallon and the village of Savigny, shows that these diminutive establishments comprised every essential feature of a monastery, - chapel, cloister, chapter-room, refectory, dormitory, all grouped according to the recognized arrangement.
- The American people, who had expected little from their diminutive navy, had calculated with confidence on being able to overrun Canada.
In consequence, largely, of the dangers attending its navigation, it was not visited by the European traders of the 16th-18th centuries so frequently as other regions north and east, but in the Rio Pongo, at Matakong (a diminutive island near the mouth of the Forekaria), and elsewhere, slave traders established themselves, and ruins of the strongholds they built, and defended with cannon, still exist.
Choose sparkly studs, small dangle earrings or diminutive hoops for your ears.
Tiny purses, pearl necklaces, or diminutive watches are always popular as accessories.
These styles are lavishly embellished by all manner of beads, ranging from large and sparkly to diminutive and shiny.
Small fairies have been a feature in folklore for ages, but it isn't until later periods where these diminutive folk become beautiful.
Our modern diminutive " horsetails " with scaly leaves were represented in the Carboniferous period by gigantic calamites, often with a diameter of I to 2 ft.
She is the one from Surry and her name is listed as Elizabeth in the phone book but they call her Betty, or Becky or some foolish diminutive.
Hesperornis too, with its keelless sternum, had aborted wings but strong legs and feet adapted for swimming, while Ichthyornis had a keeled sternum and powerful wings, but diminutive legs and feet.
abyss of hell 's kitchen literally comes the return of the culinary art's diminutive demon, Devil Chef!
The reality TV star confessed she has been watching videos of the diminutive pop babe to get ideas for her routines.
Often seen with Lucy, a diminutive, tough, witty woman who always looked very cuddly.
You will find thought that these huge looking pools on their racks in the garden centers look quite diminutive once installed in the ground.
diminutive midfielder is a fantastic thing to have Ã¢ a goalscoring one.
diminutive striker, who instantly went to ground.
diminutive dimensions as the award winning Pro 50, but includes a few extra muscular implants.
diminutive singer herself, Kylie Minogue's business empire is small but perfectly formed.
I made myself a couple of sandwiches with the rather diminutive loaf of bread I'd bought from the shop on the way home.
Can you conceive of a man's getting himself into a sweat over so diminutive a provocation?
Much to her dismay she finds the place predictably conservative and even somewhat diminutive of a woman's role in society.
Occasionally a very diminutive wife and children are thrown in, who did not appear to count for much.
The wheel at each corner design maximizes the interior dimensions and allows the Getz to offer generous accommodation despite its relatively diminutive size.
When Tommy retired, another equally diminutive man named Copley took his place.
diminutive in stature, but they're both very good players.
diminutive in size.
Synopsis On the run from the wicked queen, Snow White becomes housekeeper to a bunch of diminutive miners.
The fleet ranges in size from a diminutive 707 to the 60 foot Ocean Youth Trusts graceful Oyster built ketches.
The sheer magnetic attraction extruded by the diminutive 10 bore, the bigger 8 bore or massive 4 bore is completely spellbinding.
He was successful in the entrance exam, only to fail the medical on account of his diminutive stature.
GUERRILLA (erroneously written "guerilla," being the diminutive of the Span.
AUREOLA, AUREOLE (diminutive of Lat.
The young are hatched ' Yet Forbes states (Ibis, 1881, p. 358) that Seriema comes from Siri, " a diminutive of Indian extraction," and Ema, the Portuguese name for the Rhea (see Emeu), the whole thus meaning "Little Rhea."
pouleriet, diminutive of poulain, a colt or foal; Late Lat.
60eXtvKos, diminutive of 6/3EXin, a spit), a form of monumental pillar; and also the term for a bibliographical reference-mark in the form of a dagger.
As for the modern ivory statuette or alcove ornament, of which great numbers are now carved for the foreign market, it certainly stands on a plane much higher than the netsuke, since anatomical defects which escape notice in the latter owing to its diminutive size, become obtrusive in the former.
In these diminutive ground-sloths the crowns of the cheek-teeth approached the prismatic form characteristic of Mega[lo]therium, as distinct from the subcylindrical type occurring in Mylodon, Glossotherium, &c.
AEDICULA (diminutive of Lat.
Now the name Hildiko is the diminutive of Hilda or Hild, which again - in accordance with a custom common enough - may have been used as an abbreviation of Grimhild (cf.
gobelet, diminutive of gobel, gobeau, which Skeat takes to be formed from Low Lat.
cupellus, cup, diminutive of cupa, tub, cask (see Drinkingvessels).
angulus, a corner, a diminutive, of which the primitive form, angus, does not occur in Latin; cognate are the Lat.
The oolitic brown ores of Lorraine and Luxemburg are known as "minette," a diminutive of the French mine (ore), in allusion to their low content of metal.
miglietto, diminutive of miglio= Lat.
Especially sanguinary was the struggle against the prophet Maslama (Mubarrad, Kamil 443, 5), commonly known by the derisive diminutive Mosailima.
The term is also used in botany of the crown-like appendage at the top of compound flowers, the diminutive being coronule.
copila, girl, vocative plur, copilelor), except when a diminutive or augmentative suffix is added; the accent then shifts to the suffix.
The language is very rich in diminutive and augmentative forms; e.g.
original, gradale or grasale, a flat dish or platter, has generally been taken to represent a diminutive cratella of crater, bowl, or a lost cratale, formed from the same word (see W.
The diminutive form vasseletus, for the son of a vassal, after strange fortunes returned to something of its original sense of "household servant" in the modern "valet" (q.v.) (see also Vavassor).
There are so many incredible new wallpapers on the market that will provide visual interest to a diminutive bath or powder room.
The sparkling effect is cute and eye catching, yet still somewhat understated thanks to the diminutive beige tone.
Modest accessories accentuate the look: small dangle earrings or posts, tasteful necklaces and bracelets or perhaps a diminutive tiara.
Choosing bargain flower girl dresses can be a tremendous savings for the parents of these diminutive bridal party members.
If you love jewel tones, consider incorporating them in the same way; a diminutive accent will really pop!
While adults will often find favor in solid colors, diminutive prints and other understated styles, kids naturally tend to gravitate towards something they absolutely love.
The white ruffle is adorned with a diminutive, barely visible blue polka dot print and finished with blue gingham trim.
Her appearance at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in a sexy bathing suit brought even more attention to the diminutive actress.
Keira Knightley has been criticized for her bony physique in the past, but she maintains that she just has a small, diminutive frame, telling British Elle magazine, "I am thin because that's what I am."
Former child star Gary Coleman was involved in a heated argument with a woman on July 27, 2007, which resulted in a citation for the diminutive actor.
Jane is described as diminutive with fair hair, red eyes and the face of a Botticelli.
Due to film techniques, many short actresses are able to disguise their diminutive frames from audiences.
Party dresses are already fun celebratory items, but when they are cut down to diminutive infant sizes the cute factor increases, as often does the fluff and flounce.
Moon-wort (Soldanella) - Diminutive alpine flowers, at one time considered difficult to grow, but not really so if grown in peaty or sandy and moist soil, with coarse vigorous plants kept at a distance.
The small white flowers are borne in dense clusters in early summer, the unopened buds being of a delicate pink hue, and it is suited for grouping with diminutive shrubs, such as the Partridge Berry, Daphne Cneorum, the small Andromedas.
It should sit flat against your chest, so that it retains a diminutive look.
Good choices from the Stacy Adams line are Stacy Adams Contemporary socks for a good-looking sock with a diminutive pattern or their Logo socks for a signature look.
A diminutive clutch or purse is always important, as is a comfortable pair of shoes that will see you through a long night of dancing!
You can wear prints, too - just stick with larger patterns instead of small, diminutive ones, which can easily draw attention to trouble spots.
Manipulating the buttons (the game used them all) with my big hands wasn't a problem, which I thought would be because of its diminutive size.
After all, you won't be able to enjoy a 5 megapixel, 2 megapixel, or even VGA (640 x 480 pixel) picture on your handset's diminutive display in all its glory anyways.
People with a proportionally shorter torso will have a difficult time finding swimsuits in general because many major styles draw attention to their diminutive middle.
Jewelry: Diminutive yet colorful baubles can add such a fun element of surprise to simple pieces.
Gold is striking and can take on a fierce, edgy stance, but it can also be diminutive, innocent and even sweet.
Avoid excessive details like frills, fancy buttons and bows; instead, try chiffon or silk materials and diminutive floral prints.
Choose diminutive prints over large, vivacious ones.
The stone's tall crown, a diminutive table, deep pavilion, thin girdle and large culet along with 58 facets give it depth.
Whether shaped like a diminutive box or a Christmas ornament, these itty bitty accessories play up delicate and feminine outfits.
The main advantage of a hybrid case is found in its diminutive size which encourages simplicity.
Maggie is an equally glamorous handbag that pairs silk with a diminutive velvet bow.
Complete with an interior flap pocket and diminutive hardware, this shoulder bag is worth every affordable cent!
The bag exudes a slightly organic vibe, with a natural influence that is evident in the low-key color palette and diminutive hardware.
The flowers can be small and diminutive or extravagant and ostentatious.
Instead of the original's mademoiselle clasp, the new version had a simple and diminutive turn-lock clasp.
These are diminutive enough to work with nearly any weekend-casual ensemble.
This one is brilliant in washed out green, tan and black, and the front pockets are accented with diminutive rhinestones.
A diminutive chain link detail adorns the striped upper, making this the perfect dressy-casual shoe to see you through the season in style.
The surprisingly diminutive Juliet sandal boasts a three inch heel and a very practical design.
Not surprisingly, Gladstone also offers a diminutive collection of shoes.
These fun flats are available in plenty of shades - including teal, pink and black - and are adorned with a diminutive Marc by Marc Jacobs nameplate.
Thus, for a time, science fiction fans insisted on reserving the disrespectful diminutive 'sci-fi' for media-trash.
Later depictions show these creatures as diminutive winged folk, no more than a few inches tall.
While this concern may be diminutive, many Facebook users aren't even aware how much they are giving away about their friends--or how much information is being given away about them--without their control.
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