(Plan"ti*grade) a. [L. planta sole of the foot + gradi to walk: cf. F. plantigrade.] (Zoöl.) (a) Walking on the sole of the foot; pertaining to the plantigrades. (b) Having the foot so formed that the heel touches the ground when the leg is upright.

(Plan"ti*grade), n. (Zoöl.) A plantigrade animal, or one that walks or steps on the sole of the foot, as man, and the bears.

(Plant"ing) n.

1. The act or operation of setting in the ground for propagation, as seeds, trees, shrubs, etc.; the forming of plantations, as of trees; the carrying on of plantations, as of sugar, coffee, etc.

2. That which is planted; a plantation.

Trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.
Isa. lxi. 3.

3. (Arch.) The laying of the first courses of stone in a foundation. [Eng.]

(Plant"less), a. Without plants; barren of vegetation.

(Plant"let), n. A little plant.

(Plan*toc"ra*cy) n. [Planter + -cracy, as in democracy.] Government by planters; planters, collectively. [R.]

(Plant"ule) n. [F., dim. of plante a plant, L. planta.] (Bot.) The embryo which has begun its development in the act of germination.

(||Plan"u*la) n.; pl. Planulæ [L., a little plane.]

1. (Biol.) In embryonic development, a vesicle filled with fluid, formed from the morula by the divergence of its cells in such a manner as to give rise to a central space, around which the cells arrange themselves as an envelope; an embryonic form intermediate between the morula and gastrula. Sometimes used as synonymous with gastrula.

2. (Zoöl.) The very young, free- swimming larva of the cœlenterates. It usually has a flattened oval or oblong form, and is entirely covered with cilia.

(Planx"ty) n. [Cf. L. plangere to mourn aloud.] (Mus.) An Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, sometimes of a mournful character.

(Plaque) n. [F. Cf. Plack, and see Placard.] Any flat, thin piece of metal, clay, ivory, or the like, used for ornament, or for painting pictures upon, as a slab, plate, dish, or the like, hung upon a wall; also, a smaller decoration worn on the person, as a brooch.

(Plash) n. [OD. plasch. See Plash, v.]

1. A small pool of standing water; a puddle. Bacon. "These shallow plashes." Barrow.

2. A dash of water; a splash.

(Plash), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Plashed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plashing.] [Cf. D. plassen, G. platschen. Cf. Splash.] To dabble in water; to splash. "Plashing among bedded pebbles." Keats.

Far below him plashed the waters.

(Plash), v. t.

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