(Hy`lo*zo"ism) n. [Gr. wood, matter + life, fr. to live: cf. F. hylozoïsme.] The doctrine that matter possesses a species of life and sensation, or that matter and life are inseparable. [R.] Cudworth.

(Hy`lo*zo"ist), n. A believer in hylozoism. A. Tucker.

(Hy*mar") n. (Zoöl.) The wild ass of Persia.

(Hy"men) n. [Gr. skin, membrane.] (Anat.) A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina; the vaginal membrane.

(Hy"men), n. [L., fr. Gr. .]

1. (Class Myth.) A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities.

Till Hymen brought his love-delighted hour,
There dwelt no joy in Eden's rosy bower.

2. Marriage; union as if by marriage.

Hymen of element and race.

(Hy`me*ne"al Hy`me*ne"an) a. [L. hymeneius, a., also Hymenaeus, n., Hymen, Gr. the wedding song, also Hymen: cf. F. hyménéal, hyménéen.] Of or pertaining to marriage; as, hymeneal rites. Pope.

(Hy`me*ne"al, Hy`me*ne"an), n. A marriage song. Milton.

(||Hy*me"ni*um) n.; pl. L. Hymenia E. Hymeniums [NL., fr. Gr. a membrane.] (Bot.) The spore-bearing surface of certain fungi, as that on the gills of a mushroom.

(Hy`me*nog"e*ny) n. [Gr. a membrane + root of to be born.] The production of artificial membranes by contact of two fluids, as albumin and fat, by which the globules of the latter are surrounded by a thin film of the former.

(||Hy`me*no*my*ce"tes) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. a membrane + a mushroom.] (Bot.) One of the great divisions of fungi, containing those species in which the hymenium is completely exposed. M. J. Berkley.

(Hy*men"o*phore) n. [Gr. a membrane + to bear.] (Bot.) That part of a fungus which is covered with the hymenium.

(Hy`me*nop"ter) n. [Cf. F. hyménoptère.] (Zoöl.) One of the Hymenoptera.

(||Hy`me*nop"te*ra) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. membrane-winged; skin, membrane + wing.] (Zoöl.) An extensive order of insects, including the bees, ants, ichneumons, sawflies, etc.

They have four membranous wings, with few reticulations, and usually with a thickened, dark spot on the front edge of the anterior wings. In most of the species, the tongue, or lingua, is converted into an organ for sucking honey, or other liquid food, and the mandibles are adapted for biting or cutting. In one large division including the bees, wasps, and ants, the females and workers usually have a sting, which is only a modified ovipositor.

(Hy`me*nop"ter*al Hy`me*nop"ter*ous) a. (Zoöl.) Like, or characteristic of, the Hymenoptera; pertaining to the Hymenoptera.

(Hy`me*nop"ter*an) n. (Zoöl.) One of the Hymenoptera.

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