(Si`a*mese`), n. sing. & pl.
1. A native or inhabitant of Siam; pl., the people of Siam.
2. sing. The language of the Siamese.
(Sib) n. [AS. sibb alliance, gesib a relative. &radic289. See Gossip.] A blood relation. [Obs.]
(Sib), a. Related by blood; akin. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
Your kindred is but . . . little sib to you.Chaucer.
[He] is no fairy birn, ne sib at allSpenser.
To elfs, but sprung of seed terrestrial.
(Sib"bens) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Med.) A contagious disease, endemic in Scotland, resembling
the yaws. It is marked by ulceration of the throat and nose and by pustules and soft fungous excrescences
upon the surface of the body. In the Orkneys the name is applied to the itch. [Written also sivvens.]
Siberian crab (Bot.), the Siberian crab apple. See Crab apple, under Crab. Siberian dog (Zoöl.),
one of a large breed of dogs having erect ears and the hair of the body and tail very long. It is distinguished
for endurance of fatigue when used for the purpose of draught. Siberian pea tree (Bot.), a small
leguminous tree (Cragana arborescens) with yellow flowers. It is a native of Siberia.
(Si*be"ri*an) a. [From Siberia, Russ. Sibire.] Of or pertaining to Siberia, a region comprising
all northern Asia and belonging to Russia; as, a Siberian winter. n. A native or inhabitant of Siberia.
(Sib"i*lance Sib"i*lan*cy) n. The quality or state of being sibilant; sibilation.
Milton would not have avoided them for their sibilancy, he who wrote . . . verses that hiss like Medusa's
head in wrath.Lowell.
(Sib"i*lant) a. [L. sibilans, -antis, p. pr. of sibilare to hiss: cf. F. sibilant.] Making a hissing
sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary sounds.
n. A sibiliant letter.
(Sib"i*late) v. t. & i. To pronounce with a hissing sound, like that of the letter s; to mark with a
character indicating such pronunciation.
(Sib`i*la"tion) n. [L. sibilatio.] Utterance with a hissing sound; also, the sound itself; a hiss.
He, with a long, low sibilation, stared.Tennyson.
(Sib"i*la*to*ry) a. Hissing; sibilant.
(Sib"i*lous) a. [L. sibilus.] Having a hissing sound; hissing; sibilant. [R.] Pennant.
(Sib"yl) n. [L. sibylla, Gr. .]
1. (Class. Antiq.) A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy.
The number of the sibyls is variously stated by different authors; but the opinion of Varro, that there were
ten, is generally adopted. They dwelt in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy.
2. A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess. "An old highland sibyl." Sir W. Scott.
(Sib"yl*ist), n. One who believes in a sibyl or the sibylline prophecies. Cudworth.