(A*vert"ed), a. Turned away, esp. as an expression of feeling; also, offended; unpropitious.
Who scornful pass it with averted eye.
(A*vert"er) n. One who, or that which, averts.
(A*vert"i*ble) a. Capable of being averted; preventable.
(A*ver"ti*ment) n. Advertisement. [Obs.]
(||A"ves) n. pl. [L., pl. of avis bird.] (Zoöl.) The class of Vertebrata that includes the birds.
Aves, or birds, have a complete double circulation, oviparous, reproduction, front limbs peculiarly modified
as wings; and they bear feathers. All existing birds have a horny beak, without teeth; but some Mesozoic
fossil birds (Odontornithes) had conical teeth inserted in both jaws. The principal groups are: Carinatæ,
including all existing flying birds; Ratitæ, including the ostrich and allies, the apteryx, and the extinct moas;
Odontornithes, or fossil birds with teeth.
The ordinary birds are classified largely by the structure of the beak and feet, which are in direct relation
to their habits. See Beak, Bird, Odontonithes.
(||A*ves"ta) n. The Zoroastrian scriptures. See Zend-Avesta.
(A"vi*an) a. Of or instrument to birds.
(A"vi*a*ry) n.; pl. Aviaries [L. aviarium, fr. aviarius pertaining to birds, fr. avis bird, akin to
Gr, Skr. vi.] A house, inclosure, large cage, or other place, for keeping birds confined; a bird house.
Lincolnshire may be termed the aviary of England.
(A`vi*a"tion) n. The art or science of flying.
(A"vi*a`tor) n. (a) An experimenter in aviation. (b) A flying machine.
(||A*vic"u*la) n. [L., small bird.] (Zoöl.) A genus of marine bivalves, having a pearly interior,
allied to the pearl oyster; so called from a supposed resemblance of the typical species to a bird.
(A*vic"u*lar) a. [L. avicula a small bird, dim. of avis bird.] Of or pertaining to a bird or to
(||A*vic`u*la"ri*a) n. pl. [NL. See Avicular.] (Zoöl.) See prehensile processes on the cells of
some Bryozoa, often having the shape of a bird's bill.
(A"vi*cul`ture) n. [L. avis bird + cultura culture.] (Zoöl.) Rearing and care of birds.
(Av"id) a. [L. avidus, fr. avre to long: cf. F. avide. See Avarice.] Longing eagerly for; eager; greedy.
"Avid of gold, yet greedier of renown." Southey.
(A*vid"i*ous) a. Avid.
(A*vid"i*ous*ly), adv. Eagerly; greedily.
(A*vid"i*ty) n. [L. aviditas, fr. avidus: cf. F. avidité. See Avid.] Greediness; strong appetite; eagerness; intenseness
of desire; as, to eat with avidity.
His books were received and read with avidity.