Percheron to Perfection
(Per"che*ron) n. [F.] One of a breed of draught horses originating in Perche, an old district
of France; called also Percheron-Norman.
(Per*chlo"rate) n. (Chem.) A salt of perchloric acid.
(Per*chlo"ric) a. [Pref. per- + chloric.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, the highest
oxygen acid of chlorine; called also hyperchloric.
(Per*chlo"ride) n. (Chem.) A chloride having a higher proportion of chlorine than any other
chloride of the same substance or series.
(Per*chro"mic) a. [Pref. per- + chromic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a certain
one of the highly oxidized compounds of chromium, which has a deep blue color, and is produced by
the action of hydrogen peroxide.
(Per"ci*form) a. [NL., & L. perca a perch + -form.] (Zoöl.) Pertaining to the Perciformes.
(||Per`ci*for"mes) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) An extensive tribe or suborder of fishes, including
the true perches (Percidæ); the pondfishes (Centrarchidæ); the sciænoids (Sciænidæ); the sparoids (Sparidæ); the
serranoids and some other related families.
(Per*cip"i*ence Per*cip"i*en*cy) n. The faculty, act or power of perceiving; perception. Mrs.
(Per*cip"i*ent) a. [L. percipiens, -entis, p. pr. of percipere. See Perceive.] Having the
faculty of perception; perceiving; as, a percipient being. Bentley. n. One who, or that which, is percipient.
(Per*close") n. [OF. parclose an inclosed place; L. per through + claudere, clausum, to shut.]
1. (Eccl. Arch.) Same as Parclose.
2. Conclusion; end. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.
(Per"coid) a. [L. perca a perch + -oid: cf. F. percoïde.] (Zoöl.) Belonging to, or resembling, the
perches, or family Percidæ. n. Any fish of the genus Perca, or allied genera of the family Percidæ.
(||Per*coi"de*a) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Perciformes.
(Per"co*late) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Percolated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Percolating.] [L. percolatus,
p. p. of percolare to percolate; per through + colare to strain.] To cause to pass through fine interstices,
as a liquor; to filter; to strain. Sir M. Hale.
(Per"co*late), v. i. To pass through fine interstices; to filter; as, water percolates through porous
(Per`co*la"tion) n. [L. percolatio.] The act or process of percolating, or filtering; filtration; straining.
Specifically (Pharm.), the process of exhausting the virtues of a powdered drug by letting a liquid filter
slowly through it.
(Per"co*la`tor) n. One who, or that which, filters. "[Tissues] act as percolators." Henfrey.
(||Per`co*mor"phi) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. perca perch + Gr. form.] (Zoöl.) A division of fishes
including the perches and related kinds.
(Per"cu*laced) a. [Prob. corrupt. fr. portcullised.] (Her.) Latticed. See Lattice, n., 2.