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Lamarckism Tweet Definition of Lamarckism Like Definition of Lamarckism on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The theory that structural variations, characteristic of species and genera, are produced in animals and plants by the direct influence of physical environments, and esp., in the case of animals, by effort, or by use or disuse of certain organs.
languet Tweet Definition of languet Like Definition of languet on Facebook
  1. a tongue-shaped implement, specifically:
  1. a narrow blade on the edge of a spade or shovel
  2. a piece of metal on a sword-hilt which overhangs the scabbard
  3. a flat plate in the pipe of an organ
    • 1973: If there is music for this it"s windy strings and reed sections standing in bright shirt fronts and black ties all along the beach, a robed organist by the breakwater"itself broken, crusted with tides"whose languets and flues gather and shape the resident spooks here " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
      1. (archaic) a narrow tongue of land
      2. (zoology) a tongue-like organ found on certain tunicates
life Tweet Definition of life Like Definition of life on Facebook
noun (lives)
  1. The state that precedes death and follows birth or conception.
  2. (biology) a status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. " and sometimes viruses " having the properties of replication and metabolism.
  3. (philosophy) the essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
  4. (phenomenology) the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
  5. (Christianity) the essence of God, its own revelation.
  6. The world in general; existence.
Man's on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
  1. A worthwhile existence.
He gets up early in the morning, works all day long " even on weekends " and hardly sees his family. That's no !
  1. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as their job, their family, their loved one, etc.
She's my love, my .
  1. (colloquial) A term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death. More formally called a life sentence.
  2. The span of time during which an object operates.
This light bulb is designed to have a particularly long .
limnology Tweet Definition of limnology Like Definition of limnology on Facebook
  1. The science concerning the biological, physical and geological properties of fresh water bodies, especially lakes and ponds
Linnaean Tweet Definition of Linnaean Like Definition of Linnaean on Facebook
  1. Of, or relating to w:Carolus Linnaeus, Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish naturalist, either personally (i.e. "a Linnaean name") or in a wider sense, of the era influenced by him
  2. Of, or relating to the binomial nomenclature originated by him
  3. (recent) Relating to the nomenclature Codes that have their starting point in a work by Linnaeus or are derived from such a Code. This includes the idea of a ranked taxonomy, which of course was not initiated by Linnaeus.
live Tweet Definition of live Like Definition of live on Facebook
verb (liv, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To be alive; to have life.
He's not expected to for more than a few months.
  1. (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere.
I at 2a Acacia Avenue.
  1. (intransitive) To survive, to persevere, to continue.
Her memory lives in that song.
  1. Having life; that is alive. Used attributively.
The post office will not ship animals.
  1. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
The air force practices dropping bombs on the uninhabited island.
  1. (context, circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
Use caution when working near wires.
  1. (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.
Tommy's blind was , so he was given the option to raise.
  1. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.
The concert was broadcast by radio.
loculus Tweet Definition of loculus Like Definition of loculus on Facebook
noun (loculi)
  1. A little place or space; a cell; a chamberlet.
  2. In ancient catacombs and tombs of some types, a small separate chamber or recess cut into the rock, for the reception of a body or urn.
  3. (zoology) One of the spaces between the septa in the Anthozoa.
  4. (botany) One of the compartments of a several-celled ovary; loculament.
low Tweet Definition of low Like Definition of low on Facebook
  1. Something that is low.
  2. A depressed mood or situation.
He is in a right now
  1. (intransitive) To moo.
The cattle were lowing.
  1. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  2. Small in height.
  3. depressed, Depressed, sad.

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