Apostolic king. See Apostolic. - - King-at-arms, orKing-of- arms, the chief heraldic officer of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of great authority. His business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armory. There are three principal kings- at- arms, viz., Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.King auk(Zoöl.), the little auk or sea dove.King bird of paradise. (Zoöl.), See Bird of paradise.King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit; thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the queen is the king card of the suit.King Cole, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have reigned in the third century.King conch(Zoöl.), a large and handsome univalve shell found in the West Indies. It is used for making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet.King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple production of the southern United States.King crab. (Zoöl.) (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus. (b) The large European spider crab or thornback King crow. (Zoöl.) (a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra) of India; — so called because, while breeding, they attack and drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds. (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird.King duck(Zoöl.), a large and handsome eider duck inhabiting the arctic regions of both continents.King eagle(Zoöl.), an eagle (Aquila heliaca) found in Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial eagle of Rome.King hake(Zoöl.), an American hake (Phycis regius), found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.King monkey(Zoöl.), an African monkey inhabiting Sierra Leone.King mullet(Zoöl.), a West Indian red mullet (Upeneus maculatus); — so called on account of its great beauty. Called also goldfish.King of terrors, death.King parrakeet(Zoöl.), a handsome Australian parrakeet often kept in a cage. Its prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.King penguin(Zoöl.), any large species of penguin of the genus Aptenodytes; esp., A. longirostris, of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and A. Patagonica, of Patagonia.King rail(Zoöl.), a small American rail living in fresh- water marshes.

(King) n. A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame of wood, and struck with a hammer.

(King), n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. könig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. &radic44. See Kin.]

1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. "Ay, every inch a king." Shak.

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.

There was a State without king or nobles.
R. Choate.

But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
Rejoicing in the east

2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.

3. A playing card having the picture of a king; as, the king of diamonds.

4. The chief piece in the game of chess.

5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.

6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old Testament.

King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote preëminence or superiority in some particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.

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