(||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.

(Æ 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 In derivatives from Latin words with ae, it is mostly superseded by e. For most words found with this initial combination, the reader will therefore search under the letter E.

(||Æ*cid"i*um) 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.

(Æ"dile) 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.

(Æ"dile*ship), n. The office of an ædile. T. Arnold.

(Æ*ge"an) a. [L. Aegeus; Gr. .] Of or pertaining to the sea, or arm of the Mediterranean sea, east of Greece. See Archipelago.

(||Æ`gi*cra"ni*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. goat + n. pl., heads.] (Arch.) Sculptured ornaments, used in classical architecture, representing rams' heads or skulls.

(Æg"i*lops) 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 also hardgrass.

(||Æ"gis) 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.

(Æ*goph"o*ny) n. Same as Egophony.

(||Æ*gro"tat) n. [L., he is sick.] (Camb. Univ.) A medical certificate that a student is ill.

(Æ*ne"id) 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.

(Æ*o"li*an) 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 dialect.

2. Pertaining to Æolus, the mythic god of the winds; pertaining to, or produced by, the wind; aërial.

Viewless forms the æolian organ play.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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