Diprotodon to Direption
(||Di*pro"to*don) n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + first + 'odoy`s, 'odo`ntos, tooth.] (Paleon.)
An extinct Quaternary marsupial from Australia, about as large as the hippopotamus; so named because
of its two large front teeth. See Illustration in Appendix.
(Dip"sas) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. thirst.]
1. A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst. Milton.
2. (Zoöl.) A genus of harmless colubrine snakes.
(Dip*set"ic) a. Tending to produce thirst. Wright.
(Dip`so*ma"ni*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. thirst + mania.] (Med.) A morbid an uncontrollable craving
(often periodic) for drink, esp. for alcoholic liquors; also improperly used to denote acute and chronic
(Dip`so*ma"ni*ac) n. One who has an irrepressible desire for alcoholic drinks.
(Dip`so*ma*ni"a*cal) a. Of or pertaining to dipsomania.
(||Dip*so"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. thirst.] (Med.) Excessive thirst produced by disease.
(||Dip"te*ra) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. with two wings, di- = di`s- twice + feather, wing: cf. F. diptère.]
(Zoöl.) An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house
fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs (mandibles
and maxillæ) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their
larvæ (called maggots) being usually without feet.
1. (Zoöl.) Having two wings only; belonging to the order Diptera.
2. (Anc. Arch.) Having a double row of columns on each on the flanks, as well as in front and rear;
said of a temple.
(Dip"ter*an) n. (Zoöl.) An insect of the order Diptera.
(||Dip`te*ro*car"pus) n. [NL., fr. Gr. with two wings + fruit.] (Bot.) A genus of trees
found in the East Indies, some species of which produce a fragrant resin, other species wood oil. The
fruit has two long wings.
1. (Zoöl.) Having two wings, as certain insects; belonging to the order Diptera.
2. (Bot.) Having two wings; two- winged.
(Dip`ter*yg"i*an) a. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + a fin, dim. of wing.] (Zoöl.) Having two dorsal
fins; said of certain fishes.
(Dip"tote) n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + falling, fr. to fall: cf. F. diptote.] (Gram.) A noun which
has only two cases. Andrews.
(Dip"tych) n. [L. diptycha, pl., fr. Gr. folded, doubled; di- = di`s- twice + to fold, double up.]