Asclepias butterfly(Zoöl.), a large, handsome, red and black butterfly found in both hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

(||As`co*coc"cus) n.; pl. Ascococci [NL., fr. Gr. 'asko`s bladder, bag + kernel.] (Biol.) A form of micrococcus, found in putrid meat infusions, occurring in peculiar masses, each of which is inclosed in a hyaline capsule and contains a large number of spherical micrococci.

(As"co*spore) n. [Ascus + spore.] (Bot.) One of the spores contained in the asci of lichens and fungi. [See Illust. of Ascus.]

(As*crib"a*ble) a. Capable of being ascribed; attributable.

(As*cribe") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ascribed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascribing.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See Scribe.]

1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author.

The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem.

2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong.

Syn. — To Ascribe, Attribute, Impute. Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God. 2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast. Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but involves a different image. To impute usually denotes to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of impute is not here taken into view.

More than good-will to me attribute naught.

Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit.

And fairly quit him of the imputed blame.

(As"cript) a. See Adscript. [Obs.]

(As*crip"tion) n. [L. ascriptio, fr. ascribere. See Ascribe.] The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong; also, that which is ascribed.

(As`crip*ti"tious) a. [L. ascriptitius, fr. ascribere.]

1. Ascribed.

(As`ci*ti"tious) a. [See Adscititious.] Supplemental; not inherent or original; adscititious; additional; assumed.

Homer has been reckoned an ascititious name.

(As*cle"pi*ad) n. (Gr. & L. Pros.) A choriambic verse, first used by the Greek poet Asclepias, consisting of four feet, viz., a spondee, two choriambi, and an iambus.

(As*cle`pi*a*da"ceous), a. [See Asclepias.] (Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, plants of the Milkweed family.

(||As*cle"pi*as), n. [L., fr. Gr. named from Asclepios or Aesculapius.] (Bot.) A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.

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