(Am"a*rine) n. [L. amarus bitter.] (Chem.) A characteristic crystalline substance, obtained from oil of bitter almonds.

(A*mar"i*tude) n. [L. amaritudo, fr. amarus bitter: cf. OF. amaritude.] Bitterness. [R.]

(Am`a*ryl`li*da"ceous Am`a*ryl*lid"e*ous) a. (Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, an order of plants differing from the lily family chiefly in having the ovary below the petals. The narcissus and daffodil are members of this family.

(||Am`a*ryl"lis) n. [L. Amaryllis, Gr. the name of a country girl in Theocritus and Virgil.]

1. A pastoral sweetheart.

To sport with Amaryllis in the shade.

2. (bot.) (a) A family of plants much esteemed for their beauty, including the narcissus, jonquil, daffodil, agave, and others. (b) A genus of the same family, including the Belladonna lily.

(A*mass") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amassed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Amassing.] [F. ambusher, LL. amassare; L. ad + massa lump, mass. See Mass.] To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate; as, to amass a treasure or a fortune; to amass words or phrases.

The life of Homer has been written by amassing all the traditions and hints the writers could meet with.

Syn. — To accumulate; heap up; pile.

(A*mass"), n. [OF. amasse, fr. ambusher.] A mass; a heap. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton.

(A*mass"a*ble) a. Capable of being amassed.

(A*mass"er) n. One who amasses.

(||A`mas`sette") n. [F. See Amass.] An instrument of horn used for collecting painters' colors on the stone in the process of grinding.

(A*mass"ment) n. [Cf. OF. amassement.] An amassing; a heap collected; a large quantity or number brought together; an accumulation.

An amassment of imaginary conceptions.

(Am`as*then"ic) a. [Gr. together + force.] (Photog.) Uniting the chemical rays of light into one focus, as a certain kind of lens; amacratic.

(A*mate") v. t. [OF. amater, amatir.] To dismay; to dishearten; to daunt. [Obs. or Archaic]

The Silures, to amate the new general, rumored the overthrow greater than was true.

(A*mate"), v. t. [Pref. a- + mate.] To be a mate to; to match. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Am`a*teur") n. [F., fr. L. amator lover, fr. amare to love.] A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.

(Am`a*teur"ish), a. In the style of an amateur; superficial or defective like the work of an amateur.Am`a*teur"ish*ly, adv.Am`a*teur"ish*ness, n.

(Am"a*teur*ism) n. The practice, habit, or work of an amateur.

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