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 alcoholism.

(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.

(Dip"ter*al) a.

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.

(Dip"ter*ous) a.

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.]

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