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sachem Tweet Definition of sachem Like Definition of sachem on Facebook
noun
  1. A chief of a tribe of the American Natives; a sagamore.
sagamore Tweet Definition of sagamore Like Definition of sagamore on Facebook
noun
  1. a chief of several Native American tribes, especially of the Algonquians
scalp Tweet Definition of scalp Like Definition of scalp on Facebook
noun
  1. The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from
verb
  1. The removal of the part of the head from where the hair grows, by brutal act or accident.
  2. (context, slang) To sell for a greatly inflated price to those in desperation, as in scalping tickets to a ball game.
scapulimancy Tweet Definition of scapulimancy Like Definition of scapulimancy on Facebook
noun
  1. divination using shoulder bones
second cousin Tweet Definition of second cousin Like Definition of second cousin on Facebook
noun (plural:second cousins)
  1. One of the persons who have a common great-grandparent. Grandchild of one"s grandaunt or granduncle.
sept Tweet Definition of sept Like Definition of sept on Facebook
noun
  1. A clan, tribe, or family, proceeding from a common progenitor; -- used especially of the ancient clans in Ireland.
    The chief, struck by the illustration, asked at once to be baptized, and all his followed his example. - w:Samuel Lover, Samuel Lover
shaman Tweet Definition of shaman Like Definition of shaman on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of certain tribal societies who acts as a religious medium between the concrete and spirit worlds.
sib Tweet Definition of sib Like Definition of sib on Facebook
noun
  1. A blood relation.
adjective
  1. related, by birth or descent; similar to
  • 1980: But she got up to go, and Domenico obeyed me too in mock meekness, making himself and coeval to Hortense, submissive to frowning elder brother, something incestuous in it. " Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
sibling Tweet Definition of sibling Like Definition of sibling on Facebook
noun
  1. one's brother or sister
social anthropology Tweet Definition of social anthropology Like Definition of social anthropology on Facebook
noun
  1. cultural anthropology
survival Tweet Definition of survival Like Definition of survival on Facebook
noun
  1. The fact or act of survive, surviving; continued existence or life.
    His in the open ocean was a miracle; he had fully expected to die.
  2. (as a modifier) Of, relating to or aiding survival.
    His kit had all the things he needed in the wilderness.
swastika Tweet Definition of swastika Like Definition of swastika on Facebook
noun
  1. A cross with arms of equal length all bent halfway along at a 90° angle to the right or to the left, used as a religious symbol by various ancient and modern civilizations, and adopted more recently (with arms angled to the right) as a symbol of Nazism and fascism.

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