(Cou"hage) n. (Bot.) See Cowhage.
(Could) imp. of Can. [OF. coude. The l was inserted by mistake, under the influence of should
and would.] Was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the
past tense or in the conditional present.
(||Cou`lee") n. [F. coulée, fr. couler to run or flow.] A stream; (Geol.) a stream of lava. Also, in
the Western United States, the bed of a stream, even if dry, when deep and having inclined sides; distinguished
from a cañon, which has precipitous sides.
(||Cou*lisse") n. [F., fr. couler to flow, glide.]
1. A piece of timber having a groove in which something glides.
2. One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
(||Cou`loir") n. [F., a strainer.]
1. A deep gorge; a gully.
2. (Hydraul. Engin.) A dredging machine for excavating canals, etc.
(||Cou`lomb") n. [From Coulomb, a French physicist and electrican.] (Physics) The standard
unit of quantity in electrical measurements. It is the quantity of electricity conveyed in one second by
the current produced by an electro-motive force of one volt acting in a circuit having a resistance of one
ohm, or the quantity transferred by one ampère in one second. Formerly called weber.
(Coul"ter) n. Same as Colter.
(Coul"ter*neb`) n. (Zoöl.) The puffin.
Coumaric acid (Chem.), one of a series of aromatic acids, related to cinnamic acid, the most important
of which is a white crystalline substance, HO.C6H4.C2H2.CO2 H, obtained from the tonka bean, sweet
clover, etc., and also produced artificially.
(Cou*mar"ic) a. Relating to, derived from, or like, the Dipterix odorata, a tree of Guiana.
(Cou"ma*rin) n. [F., fr. coumarou, a tree of Guiana.] (Chem.) The concrete essence of the
tonka bean, the fruit of Dipterix (formerly Coumarouna) odorata and consisting essentially of coumarin
proper, which is a white crystalline substance, C9H6O2, of vanilla-like odor, regarded as an anhydride of
coumaric acid, and used in flavoring. Coumarin in also made artificially.
(Coun"cil) n. [F. concile, fr. L. concilium; con- + calare to call, akin to Gr. to call, and E. hale,
v., haul. Cf. Conciliate. This word is often confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.]
1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of
physicians for consultation in a critical case.
2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's
council; a city council.
An old lord of the council rated me the other day.