the lower animals, as white mice, elephants, etc.; and of plants in a whitish condition from the absence of chlorophyll. Amer. Cyc.

The term was originally applied by the Portuguese to negroes met with on the coast of Africa, who were mottled with white spots.

(Al*bi"no*ism) n. The state or condition of being an albino; albinism.

(Al`bi*not"ic) a. Affected with albinism.

(Al"bi*on) n. [Prob. from the same root as Gael. alp a height or hill. "It may have been bestowed on the land lying behind the white cliffs visible from the coast of Gaul. Albany, the old name of Scotland, means probably the "hilly land." I. Taylor.] An ancient name of England, still retained in poetry.

In that nook-shotten isle of Albion.

(Al"bite) n. [L. albus white.] (Min.) A mineral of the feldspar family, triclinic in crystallization, and in composition a silicate of alumina and soda. It is a common constituent of granite and of various igneous rocks. See Feldspar.

(Al"bo*lith) n. [L. albus white + -lith.] A kind of plastic cement, or artificial stone, consisting chiefly of magnesia and silica; — called also albolite.

(||Al"bo*rak) n. [Ar. al- buraq, fr. baraqa to flash, shine.] The imaginary milk-white animal on which Mohammed was said to have been carried up to heaven; a white mule.

(Al`bu*gin"e*ous) a. [See Albugo.] Of the nature of, or resembling, the white of the eye, or of an egg; albuminous; — a term applied to textures, humors, etc., which are perfectly white.

(||Al*bu"go) n.; pl. Albugines [L., whiteness, fr. albus white.] (Med.) Same as Leucoma.

(Al"bum) n. [L., neut. of albus white: cf. F. album. Cf. Alb.]

1. (Rom. Antiq.) A white tablet on which anything was inscribed, as a list of names, etc.

2. A register for visitors' names; a visitors' book.

3. A blank book, in which to insert autographs sketches, memorial writing of friends, photographs, etc.

(Al*bu"men) n. [L., fr. albus white.]

1. The white of an egg.

2. (Bot.) Nourishing matter stored up within the integuments of the seed in many plants, but not incorporated in the embryo. It is the floury part in corn, wheat, and like grains, the oily part in poppy seeds, the fleshy part in the cocoanut, etc.

3. (Chem.) Same as Albumin.

(Al*bu"men*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Albumenized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Albumenizing.] To cover or saturate with albumen; to coat or treat with an albuminous solution; as, to albumenize paper.

Album Græcum
(||Al"bum Græ"cum) [L., Greek white.] Dung of dogs or hyenas, which becomes white by exposure to air. It is used in dressing leather, and was formerly used in medicine.

(Al*bu"min) n. (Chem.) A thick, viscous nitrogenous substance, which is the chief and characteristic constituent of white of eggs and of the serum of blood, and is found in other animal substances, both

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