Ichneumon fly. See Ichneumon, 2.

(Ich`neu*mon"i*dan) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ichneumonidæ, or ichneumon flies.n. One of the Ichneumonidæ.

(||Ich`neu*mon"i*des) n. pl. [NL. See Ichneumon.] (Zoöl.) The ichneumon flies.

(Ich"nite) n. [Gr. 'i`chnos track, footstep.] A fossil footprint; as, the ichnites in the Triassic sandstone. Page.

(Ich`no*graph"ic Ich`no*graph"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. ichonographique.] Of or pertaining to ichonography; describing a ground plot.

(Ich*nog"ra*phy) n. [Gr. 'i`chnos track, footstep + to describe: cf. F. ichonographie.] (Drawing) A horizontal section of a building or other object, showing its true dimensions according to a geometric scale; a ground plan; a map; also, the art of making such plans.

(Ich"no*lite) n. [Gr. 'i`chnos track, footstep + -lite.] A fossil footprint; an ichnite.

(Ich`no*li*thol"o*gy) n. [Gr. 'i`chnos footstep + -lith + -logy.] Same as Ichnology. Hitchcock.

(Ich`no*log"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to ichnology.

(Ich*nol"o*gy) n. [Gr. 'i`chnos a footstep + -logy.] (Geol.) The branch of science which treats of fossil footprints.

Ice plant
(Ice" plant`) (Bot.) A plant sprinkled with pellucid, watery vesicles, which glisten like ice. It is native along the Mediterranean, in the Canaries, and in South Africa. Its juice is said to be demulcent and diuretic; its ashes are used in Spain in making glass.

Ice-skater = one who skates on ice wearing an ice skate; esp. an athlete who performs athletic or artistic movements on a sheet of ice, wearing ice skates; including speed skater and figure skater — >

(Ice"quake`) n. The crash or concussion attending the breaking up of masses of ice, — often due to contraction from extreme cold.

(Ich) pron. I. [Obs.] Chaucer.

In the Southern dialect of Early English this is the regular form. Cf. Ik.

(Ich*neu"mon) n. [L., fr. Gr. lit., the tracker; so called because it hunts out the eggs of the crocodile, fr. to track or hunt after, fr. 'i`chnos track, footstep.]

1. (Zoöl.) Any carnivorous mammal of the genus Herpestes, and family Viverridæ. Numerous species are found in Asia and Africa. The Egyptian species which ranges to Spain and Palestine, is noted for destroying the eggs and young of the crocodile as well as various snakes and lizards, and hence was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians. The common species of India known as the mongoose, has similar habits and is often domesticated. It is noted for killing the cobra.

2. (Zoöl.) Any hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidæ, of which several thousand species are known, belonging to numerous genera.

The female deposits her eggs upon, or in, the bodies of other insects, such as caterpillars, plant lice, etc. The larva lives upon the internal tissues of the insect in which it is parasitic, and finally kills it. Hence, many of the species are beneficial to agriculture by destroying noxious insects.

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