(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.