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caliper Tweet Definition of caliper Like Definition of caliper on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, usually plural only) Uncommon variant of calipers.
  2. (context, Automotive) The part of a disc brake that holds the brake pads.
callow Tweet Definition of callow Like Definition of callow on Facebook
adjective (er, est, more)
  1. Bald (original meaning, now obsolete)
  2. Unfledged (of a young bird)
  3. Immature, lacking in life experience.
  4. Shallow or weak-willed
Camberwell beauty Tweet Definition of Camberwell beauty Like Definition of Camberwell beauty on Facebook
proper nounw:Camberwell, Camberwell beauty
  1. A large butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, native to Eurasia and North America
capsid Tweet Definition of capsid Like Definition of capsid on Facebook
  1. the outer protein shell of a virus
carpenter ant Tweet Definition of carpenter ant Like Definition of carpenter ant on Facebook
  1. any of several large ants, of the genus Camponatus, found in North America and northern China, that build nests in dead wood
carton Tweet Definition of carton Like Definition of carton on Facebook
  1. An inexpensive, disposable box-like creation fashioned from either paper, paper with wax-covering (wax paper), or other lightweight material. It is designed to hold things for a short period of time and be discarded or recycle, recycled after use.
caste Tweet Definition of caste Like Definition of caste on Facebook
  1. Any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian society, societies.
caterpillar Tweet Definition of caterpillar Like Definition of caterpillar on Facebook
  1. The larva of a butterfly or moth.
''The bird just ate that green .
  1. A vehicle with a caterpillar track; a crawler
cell Tweet Definition of cell Like Definition of cell on Facebook
  1. A component of an electrical battery.
This MP3 player runs on 2 AAA cells.
  1. A room in a prison for containing inmates.
The combatants spent the night in separate cells.
  1. A room in a monastery for sleeping one person.
Gregor Mendel must have spent a good amount of time outside of his .
  1. A small group of people forming part of a larger organization.
Those three fellows are the local of that organization.
  1. (meteorology) A small thunderstorm, caused by convection, that forms ahead of a storm front.
There is a powerful storm headed our way.
  1. (cytology) The basic unit of a living organism, surrounded by a cell membrane.
There is a virtual zoo of single organisms living in your mouth.
  1. (biology) An cavity in a structure such as a honeycomb or ovary.
The bee filled the with honey.
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  1. (biology) the title of a scientific journal published by Wikipedia:Elsevier, Elsevier
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  1. (computing) The minimal unit of a cellular automaton that can change state and has an associated behavior.
The upper right always starts with the color green.
  1. (communication) A short, fixed-length packet as in Wikipedia:Asynchronous Transfer Mode, asynchronous transfer mode.
Virtual Channel number 5 received 170 cells.
  1. (communication) A region of radio reception that is a part of a larger radio network.
I get good reception in my home because it is near a tower.
  1. (context, US, informal) A cellular phone.
  2. (geometry) A three-dimensional facet of a polytope.
chigger Tweet Definition of chigger Like Definition of chigger on Facebook
  1. A very small, red mite endemic to the Midwestern and Southeastern US, the infestation of which causes intense itch, itching.
  2. (slang) In US slang, the word Chigger (also pronounced "chigga") is a derogatory slang term for an East Asian person who behaves in ways similar to a stereotypical urban African American. The term is a portmanteau of China, Chinese or chink and nigger, derived from the term "wigger" (White + nigger), which refer to White Westerners who act out urban African American stereotypes. (Fact, date=July 2007)
    1. (slang) In AUS slang, a derogatory term for a person living in the suburb of Chigwell near Hobart, Tasmania; one who resembles an inhabitant of Chigwell; a person of low socioeconomic background. Closely linked to the term westie, describes the inhabitants of notorious public housing suburbs, including but not limited to: Chigwell, Bridgewater, Gagebrook, Claredon Vale, Rokeby. Implies puffy features, mullet haircut, underage smoking, drinking and sex, teenage pregnancy, nasty attire, poor education, sullen/antisocial behaviour and language. The suburb of Chigwell, despite its pariah status, is within 15 kilometres of the city centre. In recent years the term has been largely replaced with the more universally recognised bogan. (Fact, date=July 2007)
chigoe Tweet Definition of chigoe Like Definition of chigoe on Facebook
noun (plural: chigoes)
  1. A small tropical flea, Tunga penetrans, whose females burrow under the skin of animals, including humans, and lay their eggs, causing strong irritation and sores.
chinch Tweet Definition of chinch Like Definition of chinch on Facebook
  1. The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).
chrysalis Tweet Definition of chrysalis Like Definition of chrysalis on Facebook
noun (es, pl2=chrysalides)
  1. the pupa of a butterfly or moth, enclosed inside a cocoon, in which metamorphosis takes place
cicada Tweet Definition of cicada Like Definition of cicada on Facebook
noun (pl1=cicadas, pl2=cicadae)
  1. A is any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Homoptera, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent well-veined wings.
coccid Tweet Definition of coccid Like Definition of coccid on Facebook
  1. Any of very many insects of the superfamily Coccoidea (and especially of the family Coccidae) ; the scale insects and mealybugs
cockchafer Tweet Definition of cockchafer Like Definition of cockchafer on Facebook
  1. Any of the large European beetles from the genus Melolontha that are destructive to vegetation.
cockroach Tweet Definition of cockroach Like Definition of cockroach on Facebook
  1. (zoology) A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea, with about 3,500 species divided into six families. Only a few of these take up residence with human beings. Among these are (a), Periplaneta americana (American cockroach or palmetto bug; (b), Blattella germanica (German cockroach or Croton bug; and (c), Blattella asahinai, (Asian cockroach).
  2. Disparaging term for individuals or groups of people regarded as dirty, or who breed like cockroaches.
cocoon Tweet Definition of cocoon Like Definition of cocoon on Facebook
  1. The silky protective case spun by the larvae of some insects and moths in which they metamorphose, the pupa.
  2. Any similar protective case, whether real or metaphorical.
  1. To envelop in a protective case, or to withdraw into such a case.
codling moth Tweet Definition of codling moth Like Definition of codling moth on Facebook
  1. a small moth, Carpocapsa pomonella, whose larvae (the apple worms) are destructive to apples and other fruit
copper Tweet Definition of copper Like Definition of copper on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) a reddish-brown, malleable, ductile metallic element with high electrical and thermal conductivity, symbol Cu, and atomic number 29.
  2. (countable) Something made of copper.
  3. The reddish-brown colour/color of copper.
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    1. (countable) A copper coin.
    2. (context, Australian English, UK) (archaic) A large pot used for heating water or washing clothes over a fire.
    Mum would heat the water in a copper in the kitchen and transfer it to the tin bath.
    I explain that socks can"t be boiled up in the copper with the sheets and towels or they shrink.
  1. Made of copper.
  2. Having the reddish-brown colour/color of copper.
corium Tweet Definition of corium Like Definition of corium on Facebook
noun (pluralcoria)
  1. The inner layer of skin, the dermis.
crab louse Tweet Definition of crab louse Like Definition of crab louse on Facebook
noun (pluralcrab lice)
  1. A parasitic insect, Phthirus pubis, that lives amongst the pubic hairs of humans and feeds on blood.
cremaster Tweet Definition of cremaster Like Definition of cremaster on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) A thin muscle attached to the testicles.
  2. (zoology) In the pupae of certain species of butterfly, a hook-shaped protuberance from the rear of the chrysalis casing, by which the caterpillar fixes itself to the pad of silk it has cemented to the underside of a perch.
cricket Tweet Definition of cricket Like Definition of cricket on Facebook
  1. An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
verbto cricket
  1. (rare) To play cricket.
crotchet Tweet Definition of crotchet Like Definition of crotchet on Facebook
  1. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook.
  2. needlework made using such a hooked needle
  3. (music) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
  4. (archaic) a whim or a fancy
  1. To make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle
cutworm Tweet Definition of cutworm Like Definition of cutworm on Facebook
  1. the larva of any of many moths ,of the family Noctuidae, that is an agricultural pest

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