(Big"wig`) n. [Big, a. + wig.] A person of consequence; as, the bigwigs of society. [Jocose]
In our youth we have heard him spoken of by the bigwigs with extreme condescension.
(Big"-wigged`) a. characterized by pomposity of manner. [Eng.]
(Bi`hy*drog"u*ret) n. [Pref. bi- + hydroguret.] (Chem.) A compound of two atoms of
hydrogen with some other substance. [Obs.]
(||Bi*jou") n.; pl. Bijoux [F.; of uncertain origin.] A trinket; a jewel; a word applied to anything
small and of elegant workmanship.
(Bi*jou"try) n. [F. bijouterie. See Bijou.] Small articles of virtu, as jewelry, trinkets, etc.
(Bij"u*gate) a. [L. bis twice + jugatus, p. p. of jugare to join.] (Bot.) Having two pairs, as of
(Bij"u*gous) a. [L. bijugus yoked two together; bis twice + jugum yoke, pair.] (Bot.) Bijugate.
(Bike) n. [Ethymol. unknown.] A nest of wild bees, wasps, or ants; a swarm. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
(||Bikh) n. [Hind., fr. Skr. visha poison.] (Bot.) The East Indian name of a virulent poison extracted
from Aconitum ferox or other species of aconite: also, the plant itself.
(Bi*la"bi*ate) a. [Pref. bi- + labiate.] (Bot.) Having two lips, as the corols of certain flowers.
(Bi`la*cin"i*ate) a. [Pref. bi- + laciniate.] Doubly fringed.
(||Bi*la"lo) n. A two-masted passenger boat or small vessel, used in the bay of Manila.
(Bi*lam"el*late Bi*lam"el*la`ted) a. [Pref. bi- + lamellate.] (Bot.) Formed of two plates, as
the stigma of the Mimulus; also, having two elevated ridges, as in the lip of certain flowers.
(Bi*lam"i*nar Bi*lam"i*nate) a. [Pref. bi- + laminar, laminate.] Formed of, or having, two
laminæ, or thin plates.
(Bi"land) n. A byland. [Obs.] Holland.
(Bil"an*der) n. [D. bijlander; bij by + land land, country.] (Naut.) A small two-masted merchant
vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.
Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep
Along the coast, and land in view to keep?
(Bi*lat"er*al) a. [Pref. bi- + lateral: cf. F. bilatéral.]
1. Having two sides; arranged upon two sides; affecting two sides or two parties.
2. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to the two sides of a central area or organ, or of a central axis; as, bilateral
symmetry in animals, where there is a similarity of parts on the right and left sides of the body.
(Bi*lat`er*al"i*ty) n. State of being bilateral.
(Bil"ber*ry) n.; pl. Bilberries [Cf. Dan. böllebær bilberry, where bölle is perh. akin to E. ball.]
1. (Bot.) The European whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); also, its edible bluish black fruit.
There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry.