Vagient to Valerianaceous
(Va"gi*ent) a. [L. vagiens, p. pr. of vagire to cry like a young child.] Crying like a child. [Obs.]
(Va*gi"na) n.; pl. Vaginæ [L. vagina a scabbard or sheath.]
1. (Anat.) (a) A sheath; a theca; as, the vagina of the portal vein. (b) Specifically, the canal which
leads from the uterus to the external orifice if the genital canal, or to the cloaca.
2. (Zoöl.) The terminal part of the oviduct in insects and various other invertebrates. See Illust., of
3. (Bot.) The basal expansion of certain leaves, which inwraps the stem; a sheath.
4. (Arch.) The shaft of a terminus, from which the bust of figure seems to issue or arise.
(Vag"i*nal) a. [Cf. F. vaginal.]
1. Of or pertaining to a vagina; resembling a vagina, or sheath; thecal; as, a vaginal synovial membrane; the
vaginal process of the temporal bone.
2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the vagina of the genital canal; as, the vaginal artery.
Vaginant leaf (Bot.), a leaf investing the stem or branch by its base, which has the form of a tube.
(Vag"i*nant) a. [Cf. F. vaginant. See Vagina.] Serving to in invest, or sheathe; sheathing.
(Vag"i*nate Vag"i*na`ted) a. [See Vagina.] Invested with, or as if with, a sheath; as, a vaginate
stem, or one invested by the tubular base of a leaf.
(||Vag`i*na"ti) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A tribe of birds comprising the sheathbills.
(Vag`i*ner*vose") a. [L. vagus wandering + E. nervose.] (Bot.) Having the nerves, or
veins, placed in apparent disorder.
(||Vag`i*nic"o*la) n. [NL., from L. vagina sheath + colere to in habit.] (Zoöl.) A genus of
Infusoria which form minute vaselike or tubular cases in which they dwell.
(||Vag`i*nis"mus) n. [NL.] (Med.) A painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina, often rendering
(||Vag`i*ni"tis) n. [NL. See Vagina, and -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the vagina, or the genital
canal, usually of its mucous living membrane.
(||Vag`i*no*pen"nous) a. [L. vagina a sheath + penna a feather, pl. pennae a wing.]
(Zoöl.) Having elytra; sheath-winged. [R.]
(||Va*gin"u*la) n. [L., dim. of vagina sheath.] (Bot.) (a) A little sheath, as that about the
base of the pedicel of most mosses. (b) One of the tubular florets in composite flowers. Henslow.
(Vag"i*nule) n. (Bot.) A vaginula.
(Vag"is*sate) v. i. [L. vagari to stroll or wander.] To caper or frolic. [Obs.]
(Va"gous) a. [L. vagus. See Vague.] Wandering; unsettled. [Obs.] Ayliffe.