Carpal angle (Zoöl.), the angle at the last joint of the folded wing of a bird.
(Car"pal) a. [From Carpus.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the carpus, or wrist. n. One of the
bones or cartilages of the carpus; a carpale.
(||Car*pa"le) n.; pl. Carpalia [NL., fr. E. carpus.] (Anat.) One of the bones or cartilages of
the carpus; esp. one of the series articulating with the metacarpals.
(Car*pa"thi*an) a. Of or pertaining to a range of mountains in Austro-Hungary, called the
Carpathians, which partially inclose Hungary on the north, east, and south.
(||Car*pel"lum) n. [NL. carpellum, fr. Gr. karpo`s fruit.] (Bot.) A simple
pistil or single-celled ovary or seed vessel, or one of the parts of a compound pistil, ovary, or seed vessel.
See Illust of Carpaphore.
(Car"pel*la*ry) a. (Bot.) Belonging to, forming, or containing carpels.
(Car"pen*ter) n. [OF. carpentier, F. charpentier, LL. carpentarius, fr. L. carpentum wagon,
carriage.] An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc.
Syn. Carpenter, Joiner. The carpenter frames and puts together roofs, partitions, floors, and other
structural parts of a building. The joiner supplies stairs, doors shutters, mantelpieces, cupboards, and
other parts necessary to finishing the building. In America the two trades are commonly united.
Carpenter ant (Zoöl.), any species of ant which gnaws galleries in the wood of trees and constructs
its nests therein. They usually select dead or somewhat decayed wood. The common large American
species is Formica Pennsylvanica. Carpenter bee (Zoöl.), a large hymenopterous insect of the
genus Xylocopa; so called because it constructs its nest by gnawing long galleries in sound timber.
The common American species is Xylocopa Virginica.
(Car"pen*ter*ing), n. The occupation or work of a carpenter; the act of working in timber; carpentry.
(Car"pen*try) n. [F. charpenterie, OF. also carpenterie. See Carpenter.]
1. The art of cutting, framing, and joining timber, as in the construction of buildings.
2. An assemblage of pieces of timber connected by being framed together, as the pieces of a roof, floor,
etc.; work done by a carpenter.
(Carp"er) n. One who carps; a caviler. Shak.
(Car"pet) n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug LL. carpeta,
carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L. carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E. Harvest.]
1. A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering
made in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor, as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally,
also, a wrought cover for tables.
Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets.
2. A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet. "The grassy carpet of this plain." Shak.
Carpet beetle or Carpet bug (Zoöl.), a small beetle which, in the larval state, does great damage
to carpets and other woolen goods; also called buffalo bug. Carpet knight. (a) A knight who
enjoys ease and security, or luxury, and has not known the hardships of the field; a hero of the drawing
room; an effeminate person. Shak. (b) One made a knight, for some other than military distinction
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