Ventricose shell. (Zoöl.) (a) A spiral shell having the body whorls rounded or swollen in the middle. (b) A bivalve shell in which the valves are strongly convex.

(Ven*tric"u*lar) a. [Cf. F. ventriculaire.] Of or pertaining to a ventricle; bellied.

(||Ven*tric"u*lite) n. [See Ventriculus.] (Paleon.) Any one of numerous species of siliceous fossil sponges belonging to Ventriculites and allied genera, characteristic of the Cretaceous period.

Many of them were shaped like vases, others like mushrooms. They belong to the hexactinellids, and are allied to the Venus's basket of modern seas.

(Ven*tric"u*lous) a. [L. ventriculosus of the belly.] Somewhat distended in the middle; ventricular.

(||Ven*tric"u*lus) n.; pl. Ventriculi [L., belly, dim. fr. venter belly.] (Zoöl.) (a) One of the stomachs of certain insects. (b) The body cavity of a sponge.

(Ven`tri*lo*cu"tion) n. [See Ventriloquous.] Ventriloquism.

(Ven`tri*lo"qui*al) a. Ventriloquous.

(Ven*tril"o*quism) n. [See Ventriloquous.] The act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar, etc.

(Ven*tril"o*quist) n. One who practices, or is skilled in, ventriloquism.

Ventriloquist monkey(Zoöl.), the onappo; — so called from the character of its cry.

(Ven*tril"o*quize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ventriloquized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ventriloquizing .] To practice ventriloquism; to speak like a ventriloquist.

(Ven*tril"o*quous) a. [L. ventriloquus a ventriloquist; venter the belly + loqui, p. p. locutus, to speak. See Ventral, and Loquacious.] Of or pertaining to a ventriloquist or ventriloquism.

(Ven*tril"o*quy) n. [Cf. F. ventriloquie.] Same as Ventriloquism.

(||Ven`tri*mes"on) n. [NL. See Venter, and Meson.] (Anat.) See Meson.

(Ven"tro-) [L. venter belly.] A combining form used in anatomy to indicate connection with, or relation to, the abdomen; also, connection with, relation to, or direction toward, the ventral side; as, ventrolateral; ventro-inguinal.

(Ven`tro-in"gui*nal) a. (Anat.) Pertaining both to the abdomen and groin, or to the abdomen and inguinal canal; as, ventro-inguinal hernia.

(Ven"ture) n. [Aphetic form of OE. aventure. See Adventure.]

1. An undertaking of chance or danger; the risking of something upon an event which can not be foreseen with certainty; a hazard; a risk; a speculation.

I, in this venture, double gains pursue.

2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. Bacon.

(Ven"tri*cose` Ven"tri*cous) a. [NL. ventricosus, fr. L. venter belly.] (Nat. Hist.) Swelling out on one side or unequally; bellied; ventricular; as, a ventricose corolla.

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