Pewter was formerly much used for domestic utensils. Inferior sorts contain a large proportion of lead.
(Pew"ter*er) n. One whose occupation is to make utensils of pewter; a pewtersmith. Shak.
(Pew"ter*y) a. Belonging to, or resembling, pewter; as, a pewtery taste.
(Pex"i*ty) n. [L. pexitas, fr. pexus woolly, nappy, p. p. of pectere to comb.] Nap of cloth.
(Pey"er's glands`) [So called from J. K. Peyer, who described them in 1677.] (Anat.)
Patches of lymphoid nodules, in the walls of the small intestiness; agminated glands; called also Peyer's
patches. In typhoid fever they become the seat of ulcers which are regarded as the characteristic organic
lesion of that disease.
(Pey"trel) n. [OF. peitral. See Poitrel.] (Anc. Armor) The breastplate of a horse's armor or
harness. [Spelt also peitrel.] See Poitrel. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Pe*zi"za) n. [NL., corrupt. from L. pezica a sessile mushroom, fr. Gr. fr. a foot.] (Bot.) A
genus of fungi embracing a great number of species, some of which are remarkable for their regular
cuplike form and deep colors.
(Pez"i*zoid) a. [Peziza + - oid.] (Bot.) Resembling a fungus of the genus Peziza; having a
(||Pfen"nig) n.; pl. Pfennigs G. Pfennige [G. See Penny.] A small copper coin of Germany.
It is the hundredth part of a mark, or about a quarter of a cent in United States currency.
(||Pha*cel"lus) n.; pl. Phacelli [NL., fr. Gr. a bundle of fagots.] (Zoöl.) One of the filaments
on the inner surface of the gastric cavity of certain jellyfishes.
(Phac"o*chere) n. [Gr. a lentil seed, a wart + a pig.] (Zoöl.) The wart hog.
(Pha"coid) a. [Gr. a lentil + -oid.] Resembling a lentil; lenticular.
(Phac"o*lite) n. [Gr. lentil + -lite.] (Min.) A colorless variety of chabazite; the original was
from Leipa, in Bohemia.
(||Pha"cops) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a lentil + the eye.] (Paleon.) A genus of trilobites found in the
Silurian and Devonian formations. Phacops bufo is one of the most common species.
(Phæ*a"cian) a. Of or pertaining to the Phæacians, a fabulous seafaring people fond of the feast,
the lyre, and the dance, mentioned by Homer.
(Phæ"no*gam) n. (Bot.) Any plant of the class Phænogamia.
(||Phæ`no*ga"mi*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. to show + marriage.] (Bot.) The class of flowering plants
including all which have true flowers with distinct floral organs; phanerogamia.
(Phæ`no*ga"mi*an Phæ`no*gam"ic) a. Same as Phænogamous.
(Phæ*nog"a*mous) a. (Bot.) Having true flowers with with distinct floral organs; flowering.
(Phæ*nom"e*non) n. [L.] See Phenomenon.
(Phæ"o*spore) n. [Gr. dusky + E. spore.] (Bot.) A brownish zoöspore, characteristic of an
order (Phæosporeæ) of dark green or olive-colored algæ. Phæ`o*spor"ic a.