(Num`mu*la"tion) n. (Physiol.) The arrangement of the red blood corpuscles in rouleaux,
like piles of coins, as when a drop of human blood is examined under the microscope.
(Num"mu*lite) n. [L. nummus a coin + -lite: cf. F. nummulite.] (Paleon.) A fossil of the
genus Nummulites and allied genera.
(||Num`mu*li"tes) n. [NL. See Nummulite.] (Paleon.) A genus of extinct Tertiary Foraminifera,
having a thin, flat, round shell, containing a large number of small chambers arranged spirally.
(Num`mu*lit"ic) a. Of, like, composed of, containing, nummulites; as, nummulitic beds.
(Numps) n. [Cf. Numb.] A dolt; a blockhead. [Obs.] Bp. Parker.
(Num"skull`) n. [Numb + skull.] A dunce; a dolt; a stupid fellow. [Colloq.]
They have talked like numskulls.Arbuthnot.
(Num"skulled`) a. Stupid; doltish. [Colloq.]
(Nun) n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus monk; cf. Gr. of unknown origin. Cf.
1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity,
They holy time is quiet as a nunWordsworth.
Breathless with adoration.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head. (b) The
smew. (c) The European blue titmouse.
Gray nuns (R. C. Ch.), the members of a religious order established in Montreal in 1745, whence
branches were introduced into the United States in 1853; so called from the color or their robe, and
known in religion as Sisters of Charity of Montreal. Nun buoy. See under Buoy.
(Nun"chion) n. [OE. nonechenche, for noneschenche, prop., a noon drink; none noon +
schenchen, schenken, skinken, to pour, AS. scencan. See Noon, and Skink, v. i.] A portion of
food taken at or after noon, usually between full meals; a luncheon. [Written also noonshun.] Hudibras.
(Nun"ci*ate) n. One who announces; a messenger; a nuncio. [Obs.] Hoole.
(Nun"ci*a*ture) n. [L. nunciare, nuntiare, to announce, report, fr. nuncius, nuntius, messenger: cf.
F. nonciature, It. nunziatura. See Nuncio.] The office of a nuncio. Clarendon.
(Nun"ci*o) n.; pl. Nuncios [It. nunzio, nuncio, fr. L. nuncius, nuntius, messenger; perh. akin
to novus new, E. new, and thus, one who brings news. Cf. Announce.]
1. A messenger. [Obs.] Shak.
2. The permanent official representative of the pope at a foreign court or seat of government. Distinguished
from a legate a latere, whose mission is temporary in its nature, or for some special purpose. Nuncios
are of higher rank than internuncios.
(||Nun"ci*us) n.; pl. Nuncii [L.] (Roman & Old Eng. Law) (a) A messenger. (b) The information
(Nun"cu*pate) v. t. [L. nuncupatus, p. p. of nuncupare to nuncupate, prob. fr. nomen
name + capere to take.]