Black bryony, a plant (Tamus communis) so named from its dark glossy leaves and black root; black bindweed.

(||Bry*oph"y*ta) n. pl. See Cryptogamia.

(||Bry`o*zo"a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. moss + animal.] (Zoöl.) A class of Molluscoidea, including minute animals which by budding form compound colonies; — called also Polyzoa.

They are often coralike in form and appearance, each small cell containing an individual zooid. Other species grow in delicate, flexible, branched forms, resembling moss, whence the name. Some are found in fresh water, but most are marine. The three principal divisions are Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, and Pterobranchia. See Cyclostoma, Chilostoma, and Phylactolema.

(Bry`o*zo"an) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Bryozoa.n. One of the Bryozoa.

(||Bry`o*zo"um) n. [NL. See Bryozoa.] (Zoöl.) An individual zooid of a bryozoan coralline, of which there may be two or more kinds in a single colony. The zoœcia usually have a wreath of tentacles around the mouth, and a well developed stomach and intestinal canal; but these parts are lacking in the other zooids

(||Bu`an*su"ah) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) The wild dog of northern India (Cuon primævus), supposed by some to be an ancestral species of the domestic dog.

(||Bu"at) n. [Scot., of uncertain origin.] A lantern; also, the moon. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

(Bub) n. Strong malt liquor. [Cant] Prior.

(Bub), n. [Cf. 2d Bubby.] A young brother; a little boy; — a familiar term of address of a small boy.

(Bub), v. t. [Abbrev. from Bubble.] To throw out in bubbles; to bubble. [Obs.] Sackville.

(Bu"ba*le) n. [Cf. F. bubale. See Buffalo, n.] (Zoöl.) A large antelope (Alcelaphus bubalis) of Egypt and the Desert of Sahara, supposed by some to be the fallow deer of the Bible.

(Bu"ba*line) a. (Zoöl.) Resembling a buffalo.

Bubaline antelope(Zoöl.), the bubale.

(Bub"ble) n. [Cf. D. bobbel, Dan. boble, Sw. bubbla. Cf. Blob, n.]

1. A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river.

Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow,
Like bubbles in a late disturbed stream.

2. A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as, bubbles rising in champagne or aërated waters.

3. A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens.

(Bry*ol"o*gy) n. [Gr. moss + - logy.] That part of botany which relates to mosses.

(Bry"o*nin) n. (Chem.) A bitter principle obtained from the root of the bryony (Bryonia alba and B. dioica). It is a white, or slightly colored, substance, and is emetic and cathartic.

(Bry"o*ny) n. [L. bryonia, Gr. brywni`a, fr. bry`ein to swell, esp. of plants.] (Bot.) The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Bryonia. The root of B. alba (rough or white bryony) and of B. dioica is a strong, irritating cathartic.

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