(||Te*phro"si*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. ash- colored, from ashes.] (Bot.) A genus of leguminous
shrubby plants and herbs, mostly found in tropical countries, a few herbaceous species being North
American. The foliage is often ashy-pubescent, whence the name.
The Tephrosia toxicaria is used in the West Indies and in Polynesia for stupefying fish. T. purpurea is
used medicinally in the East Indies. T. Virginia is the goat's rue of the United States.
(Tep"id) a. [L. tepidus, fr. tepere to be warm; akin to Skr. tap to be warm, tapas heat.] Moderately
warm; lukewarm; as, a tepid bath; tepid rays; tepid vapors. Tep"id*ness, n.
(Te*pid"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. tépidité.] The quality or state of being tepid; moderate warmth; lukewarmness; tepidness.
(Te"por) n. [L., fr. tepere to be tepid.] Gentle heat; moderate warmth; tepidness. Arbuthnot.
(Te*qui"la) n. An intoxicating liquor made from the maguey in the district of Tequila, Mexico.
(Ter-) A combining form from L. ter signifying three times, thrice. See Tri-, 2.
(Ter`a*con"ic) a. [Terebic + citraconic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained
by the distillation of terebic acid, and homologous with citraconic acid.
(Ter`a*cryl"ic) a. [Terpene + acrylic.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid of
the acrylic series, obtained by the distillation of terpenylic acid, as an only substance having a peculiar
(Ter"aph) n.; pl. Teraphs See Teraphim.
(Ter"a*phim) n. pl. [Heb. teraphim.] Images connected with the magical rites used by those
Israelites who added corrupt practices to the patriarchal religion. Teraphim were consulted by the Israelites
for oracular answers. Dr. W. Smith
(Ter"a*pin) n. (Zoöl.) See Terrapin.
(Te*rat"ic*al) a. Wonderful; ominous; prodigious. [Obs.] Wollaston.
(Ter`a*tog"e*ny) n. [Gr. a wonder, monster + the root of to be born.] (Med.) The formation
(Ter"a*toid) a. [Gr. monster + -oid.] Resembling a monster; abnormal; of a pathological growth,
exceedingly complex or highly organized. S. D. Gross.
(Ter`a*to*log"ic*al) a. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to teratology; as, teratological changes.
(Ter`a*tol"o*gy) n. [Gr. a wonder, monster + -logy: cf. Gr. a telling of wonders, and F. tératologie.]
1. That branch of biological science which treats of monstrosities, malformations, or deviations from the
normal type of structure, either in plants or animals.
2. Affectation of sublimity; bombast. [Obs.] Bailey.
(Ter`a*to"ma) n. [NL., fr. Gr. monster + -oma.] (Med.) A tumor, sometimes found in newborn
children, which is made up of a heterigenous mixture of tissues, as of bone, cartilage and muscle.
(Ter"bic) a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or containing, terbium; also, designating certain of its