(||Ad"y*tum) n. Adyta [L., fr. Gr. n., fr. a., not to be entered; 'a priv. + to enter.] The innermost
sanctuary or shrine in ancient temples, whence oracles were given. Hence: A private chamber; a sanctum.
(Adz, Adze) n. [OE. adese, adis, adse, AS. adesa, adese, ax, hatchet.] A carpenter's or cooper's
tool, formed with a thin arching blade set at right angles to the handle. It is used for chipping or slicing
away the surface of wood.
(Adz), v. t. To cut with an adz. [R.] Carlyle.
or Ae). A diphthong in the Latin language; used also by the Saxon writers. It answers to the Gr. ai.
The Anglo-Saxon short æ was generally replaced by a, the long &aemacr by e or ee. In derivatives
from Latin words with ae, it is mostly superseded by e. For most words found with this initial combination,
the reader will therefore search under the letter E.
n.; pl. Æcidia [NL., dim. of Gr. injury.] (Bot.) A form of fruit in the cycle of development
of the Rusts or Brands, an order of fungi, formerly considered independent plants.
n. [L. aedilis, fr. aedes temple, public building. Cf. Edify.] A magistrate in ancient Rome,
who had the superintendence of public buildings, highways, shows, etc.; hence, a municipal officer.
n. The office of an ædile. T. Arnold.
a. [L. Aegeus; Gr. .] Of or pertaining to the sea, or arm of the Mediterranean sea, east
of Greece. See Archipelago.
n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. goat + n. pl., heads.] (Arch.) Sculptured ornaments, used in
classical architecture, representing rams' heads or skulls.
n. [L. aegilopis, Gr. fr. gen. goat + eye.]
1. (Med.) An ulcer or fistula in the inner corner of the eye.
2. (Bot.) (a) The great wild-oat grass or other cornfield weed. Crabb. (b) A genus of plants, called
n. [L. aegis, fr. Gr. a goat skin, a shield, goat, or fr. to rush.] A shield or protective armor;
applied in mythology to the shield of Jupiter which he gave to Minerva. Also fig.: A shield; a protection.
n. Same as Egophony.
n. [L., he is sick.] (Camb. Univ.) A medical certificate that a student is ill.
n. [L. Aeneis, Aeneidis, or -dos: cf. F. Énéde.] The great epic poem of Virgil, of which the
hero is Æneas.
(A*ë"ne*ous) a. [L. aëneus.] (Zoöl.) Colored like bronze.
a. [L. Aeolius, Gr. .]
1. Of or pertaining to Æolia or Æolis, in Asia Minor, colonized by the Greeks, or to its inhabitants; æolic; as, the Æolian
2. Pertaining to Æolus, the mythic god of the winds; pertaining to, or produced by, the wind; aërial.
Viewless forms the æolian organ play. Æolian