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  • Assyrian (people)

    Caucasian peoples: …in the Caucasus are the Assyrians, who fled to Russian territory from Turkish persecution at the end of World War I and live mainly in the cities.

  • Assyrian Chronicle (cuneiform tablet)

    eclipse: Assyrian: The Assyrian Chronicle, a cuneiform tablet that preserves the names of the annual magistrates who gave their names to the years (similar to the later Athenian archons or Roman consuls), records under the year that corresponds to 763–762 bce: “Revolt in the citadel; in [the month]…

  • Assyrian Church (Christian sect)

    Nestorianism, Christian sect that originated in Asia Minor and Syria stressing the independence of the divine and human natures of Christ and, in effect, suggesting that they are two persons loosely united. The schismatic sect formed following the condemnation of Nestorius and his teachings by the

  • Assyrian dialect

    Akkadian language: …Akkadian language divided into the Assyrian dialect, spoken in northern Mesopotamia, and the Babylonian dialect, spoken in southern Mesopotamia. At first the Assyrian dialect was used more extensively, but Babylonian largely supplanted it and became the lingua franca of the Middle East by the 9th century bce. During the 7th…

  • Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, The (dictionary)

    Akkadian language: …University of Chicago (or the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, as it is better known) reached 26 volumes (consisting of 21 numbered volumes, some of which were published in separate parts); the final volume was released in 2011, and the dictionary as a whole was made available online . The Chicago Assyrian…

  • Assyrian incident (Iraqi history)

    Iraq: Independence, 1932–39: The first incident was the Assyrian uprising of 1933. The Assyrians, a small Christian community living in Mosul province, were given assurances of security by both Britain and Iraq. When the mandate was ended, the Assyrians began to feel insecure and demanded new assurances. Matters came to a head in…

  • Assyrian King List (archaeology)

    Dur Sharrukin: …the most-valuable finds was the Assyrian King List, which recorded Assyrian kings from about 1700 bce to about the middle of the 11th century bce.

  • Assyrian language (ancient language)

    Akkadian language, extinct Semitic language of the Northern Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia from the 3rd to the 1st millennium bce. Akkadian spread across an area extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf during the time of Sargon (Akkadian Sharrum-kin) of the Akkad dynasty,

  • Assyrian period, Middle (Mesopotamia)

    Ashur-uballit I: …Assyrian empire and initiated the Middle Assyrian period (14th to 12th century bc). With the help of the Hittites he destroyed the dominion of the Aryan Mitanni (a non-Semitic people from upper Iran and Syria who had subjugated Assyria), ravaged Nineveh (near present Mosul, Iraq), and sent off the image…

  • Assyriology

    Hormuzd Rassam: …Mesopotamia [now in Iraq]—died 1910), Assyriologist who excavated some of the finest Assyrian and Babylonian antiquities that are now in the possession of the British Museum and found vast numbers of cuneiform tablets at Nineveh (Nīnawā, Iraq) and Sippar (Abū ?abbah, Iraq), including the earliest known record of archaeological activity.

  • Assyro-Babylonian language (ancient language)

    Akkadian language, extinct Semitic language of the Northern Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia from the 3rd to the 1st millennium bce. Akkadian spread across an area extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf during the time of Sargon (Akkadian Sharrum-kin) of the Akkad dynasty,

  • Assyro-Babylonian literature (ancient literature)

    epic: In the ancient Middle East: …2000 bce, is called in Akkadian Enuma elish, after its opening words, meaning “When on high.” Its subject is not heroic but mythological. It recounts events from the beginning of the world to the establishment of the power of Marduk, the great god of Babylon. The outline of a Babylonian…

  • Asta Pradhad (Marathi council)

    Ashta Pradhan, (Marathi: “Council of Eight”) administrative and advisory council set up by the Indian Hindu Maratha leader Shivaji (died 1680), which contributed to his successful military attacks on the Muslim Mughal Empire and to the good government of the territory over which he established his

  • Astabi (Mesopotamian war god)

    Anatolian religion: The pantheon: …is concealed behind the logogram ZABABA, the name of the Mesopotamian war god. His Hattian name was Wurunkatti, his Hurrian counterpart Hesui. His Hattian name meant “king of the land.”

  • A??achāp (Hindi poets)

    A??achāp, (Hindi: “Eight Seals”) group of 16th-century Hindi poets, four of whom are claimed to have been disciples of Vallabha, and four of his son and successor, Vi??halnāth. The greatest of the group was Sūrdās, who is remembered as a blind singer and whose descriptions of the exploits of the

  • A??ādhyāyī (work by Panini)

    Ashtadhyayi, Sanskrit treatise on grammar written in the 6th to 5th century bce by the Indian grammarian Panini. This work set the linguistic standards for Classical Sanskrit. It sums up in 4,000 sutras the science of phonetics and grammar that had evolved in the Vedic religion. Panini divided his

  • Astafyev, Viktor Petrovich (Soviet-Russian author)

    Viktor Petrovich Astafyev, Soviet-Russian novelist (born May 1, 1924, Ovsyanka, Krasnoyarsk kray, Russia—died Nov. 29, 2001, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk kray), drew on his experiences living in a rural village as well as his stint as a volunteer in the front lines during World War II to pen novels t

  • Astaire, Adele (American dancer)

    Fred Astaire: Early career: …an act with his sister, Adele, that became a popular vaudeville attraction. The two made their Broadway debut in Over the Top (1917–18). They achieved international fame with stage hits that included For Goodness Sake (1922), Funny Face (1927–28), and The Band Wagon (1931–32). When Adele retired after marrying Lord…

  • Astaire, Fred (American dancer and singer)

    Fred Astaire, American dancer onstage and in motion pictures who was best known for a number of highly successful musical comedy films in which he starred with Ginger Rogers. He is regarded by many as the greatest popular-music dancer of all time. Astaire studied dancing from the age of four, and

  • a??ama?gala (Jaina symbols)

    A??ama?gala, eight auspicious symbols frequently represented on Jaina ritual objects. A??ama?galas are common to both the ?vetāmbara and Digambara sects and are found on 1st-century-ad votive slabs and in miniature paintings, as well as being employed in Jaina worship today. In the modern Jaina

  • Astana (national capital, Kazakhstan)

    Nursultan, city, capital of Kazakhstan. Nursultan lies in the north-central part of the country, along the Ishim River, at the junction of the Trans-Kazakhstan and South Siberian railways. It was founded in 1824 as a Russian military outpost and became an administrative centre in 1868. Its

  • Astangika-marga (Buddhism)

    Eightfold Path, in Buddhism, an early formulation of the path to enlightenment. The idea of the Eightfold Path appears in what is regarded as the first sermon of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, which he delivered after his enlightenment. There he sets forth a

  • Astapi (Hurrian god)

    history of Mesopotamia: The Hurrian and Mitanni kingdoms: …Syria the god of war Astapi and the goddess of oaths Ishara are attested as early as the 3rd millennium bce.

  • Astarte (ancient deity)

    Astarte, great goddess of the ancient Middle East and chief deity of Tyre, Sidon, and Elat, important Mediterranean seaports. Hebrew scholars now feel that the goddess Ashtoreth mentioned so often in the Bible is a deliberate conflation of the Greek name Astarte and the Hebrew word boshet, “shame,”

  • Astarte (ballet by Nikolais)

    stagecraft: Projections and special effects: …Joffrey’s production of his ballet Astarte (1967) used a unique combination of film and slides on a moving, pulsating screen.

  • astatide (chemical compound)

    halogen: Oxidation: bromides, iodides, and astatides. Many of the halides may be considered to be salts of the respective hydrogen halides, which are colourless gases at room temperature and atmospheric pressure and (except for hydrogen fluoride) form strong acids in aqueous solution. Indeed, the general term salt is derived from…

  • astatine (chemical element)

    Astatine (At), radioactive chemical element and the heaviest member of the halogen elements, or Group 17 (VIIa) of the periodic table. Astatine, which has no stable isotopes, was first synthetically produced (1940) at the University of California by American physicists Dale R. Corson, Kenneth R.

  • Astbury of Shelton (English potter)

    John Astbury, pioneer of English potting technology and earliest of the great Staffordshire potters. Although from 1720 several Astburys were working in Staffordshire, it is John who is credited with the important Astbury discoveries and creations. He allegedly masqueraded as an idiot in order to

  • Astbury ware (pottery)

    Astbury ware, English earthenware produced by John Astbury and his son Thomas from about 1725; later a term for fine 18th-century Staffordshire earthenware until c. 1760. John Astbury (1688–1743) established a single-kiln pottery at Shelton in 1725; to him are ascribed productions that were

  • Astbury, John (English potter)

    John Astbury, pioneer of English potting technology and earliest of the great Staffordshire potters. Although from 1720 several Astburys were working in Staffordshire, it is John who is credited with the important Astbury discoveries and creations. He allegedly masqueraded as an idiot in order to

  • Astbury-Whieldon ware (pottery)

    Astbury-Whieldon ware, English pottery, principally earthenware, with applied decoration, produced from about 1730 to 1745 by two Staffordshire potters, John Astbury and Thomas Whieldon. Instead of the more common stamped relief decoration, the ornament was achieved by applying pre-molded relief

  • A??chāp (Hindi poets)

    A??chāp, (Sanskrit: Eight Seals), group of 16th-century Hindi poets, four of whom were disciples of the Vaishnava leader Vallabha, and four of his son and successor, Vi??hala. The greatest of the group was Sūrdās, a blind singer whose descriptions of the exploits of the child-god Krishna are the

  • Astell, Mary (English author)

    feminism: The ancient world: …century, until another English author, Mary Astell, issued a more reasoned rejoinder in A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694, 1697). The two-volume work suggested that women inclined neither toward marriage nor a religious vocation should set up secular convents where they might live, study, and teach.

  • aster (plant)

    Aster, used informally to describe any of various chiefly fall-blooming (often with showy flowers) leafy-stemmed herbaceous plants (Aster and related genera) in the Asteraceae family. True asters, those of the Aster genus, are almost exclusively Eurasian, the alpine aster (A. alpinus) being the

  • aster family (plant family)

    Asteraceae, the aster, daisy, or composite family of the flowering-plant order Asterales. With more than 1,620 genera and 23,600 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed throughout the world, Asteraceae is one of the largest plant families. Asteraceae is important primarily for its many

  • aster yellows (plant disease)

    Aster yellows, plant disease, caused by a phytoplasma bacterium, affecting over 300 species of herbaceous broad-leafed plants. Aster yellows is found over much of the world wherever air temperatures do not persist much above 32 °C (90 °F). As its name implies, members of the family Asteraceae are

  • Asterābad (Iran)

    Gorgān, city, capital of Golestān province, north-central Iran. It is situated along a small tributary of the Qareh River, 23 miles (37 km) from the Caspian Sea. The city, in existence since Achaemenian times, long suffered from inroads of the Turkmen tribes who occupied the plain north of the

  • Asteraceae (plant family)

    Asteraceae, the aster, daisy, or composite family of the flowering-plant order Asterales. With more than 1,620 genera and 23,600 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed throughout the world, Asteraceae is one of the largest plant families. Asteraceae is important primarily for its many

  • Asterales (plant order)

    Asterales, daisy order of flowering plants, containing 11 families and some 26,870 species. Asterales is part of the core asterid clade (organisms with a single common ancestor) in the euasterid II group of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (APG III) botanical classification system. The major

  • Astercote (novel by Lively)

    Penelope Lively: …first book, the children’s novel Astercote (1970), about modern English villagers who fear a resurgence of medieval plague, was followed by more than 20 other novels for children, many of which were set in rural England, including the award-winning books The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) and A Stitch in…

  • Asterias amurensis (echinoderm)

    sea star: …the Gulf of Mexico, and A. amurensis from the Bering Sea to Korea. They use their suction feet to force open the bivalve’s shell, then insert the stomach, and digest the prey. Pisaster brevispinus—at 65 cm (26 inches) one of the world’s largest sea stars—inhabits the western coast of North…

  • Asterias forbesi (echinoderm)

    sea star: …Labrador to Long Island Sound, A. forbesi from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, and A. amurensis from the Bering Sea to Korea. They use their suction feet to force open the bivalve’s shell, then insert the stomach, and digest the prey. Pisaster brevispinus—at 65 cm (26 inches) one of…

  • Asterias rubens (echinoderm)

    sea star: …clams, oysters, and mussels—such as Asterias rubens of northern Europe, A. vulgaris from Labrador to Long Island Sound, A. forbesi from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, and A. amurensis from the Bering Sea to Korea. They use their suction feet to force open the bivalve’s shell, then insert the…

  • Asterias vulgaris (echinoderm)

    sea star: …Asterias rubens of northern Europe, A. vulgaris from Labrador to Long Island Sound, A. forbesi from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, and A. amurensis from the Bering Sea to Korea. They use their suction feet to force open the bivalve’s shell, then insert the stomach, and digest the prey.…

  • Asterid (plant group)

    angiosperm: Annotated classification: Asterids A strongly supported group of 17 orders, most of them with a corolla tube and few stamens. APG IV divides the group into three distinct lineages: the basal asterids, the lamiids, and the campanulids. Basal asterids Order Cornales Families:

  • Asterid II (plant clade)

    angiosperm: Annotated classification: Campanulids The following 7 orders. Order Apiales Families: Apiaceae, Araliaceae, Griseliniaceae, Myodocarpaceae, Pennantiaceae, Pittosporaceae, Torricelliaceae. Order

  • Asterina gibbosa (sea star)

    sea star: …stony-bottomed European waters is the gibbous starlet (Asterina gibbosa). The sea bat (Patiria miniata) usually has webbed arms; it is common from Alaska to Mexico. Sun stars of the genera Crossaster and Solaster are found in northern waters; they have numerous short rays and a broad, often sunburst-patterned disk. The…

  • asterism (mineralogy)

    Asterism, in mineralogy, starlike figure exhibited in light reflected or transmitted by some crystals. The stars shown by star sapphires, some phlogopite mica, rose quartz, and garnet are due to minute oriented crystals (often rutile) included within the mineral; several sets of inclusions are

  • asterism (astronomy)

    Asterism, a pattern of stars that is not a constellation. An asterism can be part of a constellation, such as the Big Dipper, which is in the constellation Ursa Major, and can even span across constellations, such as the Summer Triangle, which is formed by the three bright stars Deneb, Altair, and

  • Astérix (cartoon character)

    Asterix, French cartoon character, a small-statured, cunning Gallic warrior who, with the help of a magical strength potion, defends his village and goes on comic globe-trotting adventures. Asterix was created by writer René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo and debuted in 1959 in the French

  • Asterix (cartoon character)

    Asterix, French cartoon character, a small-statured, cunning Gallic warrior who, with the help of a magical strength potion, defends his village and goes on comic globe-trotting adventures. Asterix was created by writer René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo and debuted in 1959 in the French

  • Asterogyne martiana (plant species)

    palm: Ecology: Syrphus flies apparently pollinate Asterogyne martiana in Costa Rica, and drosophila flies are thought to pollinate the nipa palm in New Guinea. Bees pollinate several species (Sabal palmetto and Iriartea deltoidea). Studies of pollination are difficult because of the large number of insects that are associated in some way…

  • asteroid (astronomy)

    Asteroid, any of a host of small bodies, about 1,000 km (600 miles) or less in diameter, that orbit the Sun primarily between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in a nearly flat ring called the asteroid belt. It is because of their small size and large numbers relative to the major planets that

  • asteroid belt (astronomy)

    astronomy: Investigations of the smaller bodies: …ecliptic and move in the asteroid belt, between 2.3 and 3.3 AU from the Sun. Because some asteroids travel in orbits that can bring them close to Earth, there is a possibility of a collision that could have devastating results (see Earth impact hazard).

  • asteroid family (astronomy)

    asteroid: Main-belt asteroid families: Within the main belt are groups of asteroids that cluster with respect to certain mean orbital elements (semimajor axis, eccentricity, and inclination). Such groups are called families and are named for the lowest numbered asteroid in the family. Asteroid families are formed when an…

  • Asteroid Impacts: Keys to Planetary Evolution

    All theories about the Moon’s origin—including co-formation, a giant impact on Earth by a planet named Theia, and planetary capture—require that by about 4.48 billion years ago (Ga), Earth and the Moon had become linked. Between about 3.95 and 3.85 Ga, the Moon underwent massive impacts by

  • Asteroidea (echinoderm)

    Sea star, any marine invertebrate of the class Asteroidea (phylum Echinodermata) having rays, or arms, surrounding an indistinct central disk. Despite their older common name, they are not fishes. The roughly 1,600 living species of sea stars occur in all oceans; the northern Pacific has the

  • Asterophryninae (amphibian subfamily)

    Anura: Annotated classification: (Madagascar), Scaphiophryninae (Madagascar), Asterophryinae (New Guinea and Sulu Archipelago), Genyophryninae (Philippines, eastern Indo-Australian archipelago, New Guinea, northern Australia), Brevicipitinae (Africa), Microhylinae (North and South America, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, western Indo-Australian archipelago, Philippines, and Ryukyu Islands), Melanobatrachinae (east-central

  • Asterousia Mountains (mountains, Greece)

    Greece: The islands of Greece: Another range, the Asteroúsia (Kófinas) Mountains, runs along the south-central coast between the Mesarás Plain and the Libyan Sea. Of Crete’s 650 miles (1,050 km) of rocky coastline, it is the more gradual slope on the northern side of the island that provides several natural harbours and coastal…

  • Asterozoa (echinoderm subphylum)

    echinoderm: Annotated classification: Subphylum Asterozoa Fossil and living forms (Lower Ordovician about 500,000,000 years ago to Recent); radially symmetrical with more or less star-shaped body resulting from growth of arms in 1 plane along 5 divergent axes; central mouth; 5 arms; dorsal tube feet and mouth. Class Stelleroidea Features…

  • asthenia (pathology)

    Asthenia, a condition in which the body lacks strength or has lost strength, either as a whole or in any of its parts. General asthenia occurs in many chronic wasting diseases, such as anemia and cancer, and is probably most marked in diseases of the adrenal gland. Asthenia may be limited to

  • asthenic personality disorder (psychology)

    personality disorder: Persons with dependent personality disorder lack energy and initiative and passively let others assume responsibility for major aspects of their lives. Persons with passive-aggressive personality disorder express their hostility through such indirect means as stubbornness, procrastination, inefficiency, and forgetfulness.

  • asthenic type (physique classification)

    Ernst Kretschmer: …constitutional groups: the tall, thin asthenic type, the more muscular athletic type, and the rotund pyknic type. He suggested that the lanky asthenics, and to a lesser degree the athletic types, were more prone to schizophrenia, while the pyknic types were more likely to develop manic-depressive disorders. His work was…

  • asthenopia (pathology)

    Asthenopia, condition in which the eyes are weak and tire easily. It may be brought on by disorders in any of the various complicated functions involved in the visual act. Imbalance between the muscles that keep the eyes parallel leads to fatigue in the constant effort to prevent double vision.

  • asthenosphere (geology)

    Asthenosphere, zone of Earth’s mantle lying beneath the lithosphere and believed to be much hotter and more fluid than the lithosphere. The asthenosphere extends from about 100 km (60 miles) to about 700 km (450 miles) below Earth’s surface. Heat from deep within Earth is thought to keep the

  • Asther, Nils (Danish-born actor)

    Nils Asther, Swedish actor who was one of Hollywood’s leading actors during the late 1920s and early 1930s, playing opposite Greta Garbo in Wild Orchids (1929) and The Single Standard (1929). Asther made his first film, Vingarne (1916; “Wings”), in Sweden with director Mauritz Stiller. He worked

  • Asther, Nils Anton Afhild (Danish-born actor)

    Nils Asther, Swedish actor who was one of Hollywood’s leading actors during the late 1920s and early 1930s, playing opposite Greta Garbo in Wild Orchids (1929) and The Single Standard (1929). Asther made his first film, Vingarne (1916; “Wings”), in Sweden with director Mauritz Stiller. He worked

  • ?sthetik des Widerstands, Die (novels by Weiss)

    German literature: The 1970s and ’80s: …Cresspahl), by Uwe Johnson, and Die ?sthetik des Widerstands (1975–81; “The Aesthetics of Resistance”), by Peter Weiss. Weiss’s novel, an ambitious attempt to depict the intellectual and political development of a young communist Resistance fighter, is a remarkable mixture of history, myth, and fantasy embedded in a running discussion of…

  • asthma (pathology)

    Asthma, a chronic disorder of the lungs in which inflamed airways are prone to constrict, causing episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and breathlessness that range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Asthma affects about 7–10 percent of children and about 7–9 percent of adults,

  • asthma convulsivum (pathology)

    Asthma, a chronic disorder of the lungs in which inflamed airways are prone to constrict, causing episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and breathlessness that range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Asthma affects about 7–10 percent of children and about 7–9 percent of adults,

  • Asti (Italy)

    Asti, city, Piemonte (Piedmont) region, northwestern Italy. It lies at the confluence of the Tanaro and Borbore rivers, 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Turin. Asti was the Hasta, or Colonia, of the Romans and was the seat of a bishopric from 932 ce. It reached its zenith as an independent commune in

  • Asti-Ruwas (king of Carchemish)

    Anatolia: The neo-Hittite states from c. 1180 to 700 bce: …Assyrian weakness a king named Asti-Ruwas ruled over Carchemish. He is not mentioned in the Assyrian documentation, which is also lacking for the following two generations, but his existence is known from a few Hieroglyphic Luwian texts. The sons of Asti-Ruwas are thought to have been reared and protected by…

  • Astigmata (arachnid suborder)

    acarid: Annotated classification: Suborder Astigmata Homogeneous group includes mange, itch, or scab mites; weakly sclerotized and slow moving; 0.2–1.5 mm in size; eyes rarely present, stigmata absent; palps single segmented (sometimes with 2 false segments); chelicerae chelate; true claws absent; rodlike sensory setae on tarsus of 1st pair of…

  • astigmatism (optics)

    aberration: Astigmatism, unlike spherical aberration and coma, results from the failure of a single zone of a lens to focus the image of an off-axis point at a single point. As shown in the three-dimensional schematic the two planes at right angles to one another passing…

  • astigmatism (eye disorder)

    Astigmatism, nonuniform curvature of the cornea (the transparent, dome-shaped tissue located in front of the iris and pupil) that causes the eye to focus images at different distances, depending on the orientation of light as it strikes the cornea. The effect of astigmatism can also be produced by

  • āstika (Hindu philosophy)

    āstika, in Indian philosophy, any orthodox school of thought, defined as one that accepts the authority of the Vedas (sacred scriptures of ancient India); the superiority of the Brahmans (the class of priests), who are the expositors of the law (dharma); and a society made up of the four

  • astikaya (Jaina philosophy)

    dravya: …recognize the existence of five astikayas (eternal categories of being) which together make up the dravya (substance) of existence. These five are dharma, adharma, akasha, pudgala, and jiva. Dharma is

  • Astilbe (plant genus)

    Astilbe, genus of about 14 species of herbaceous perennials, in the family Saxifragaceae, native to eastern Asia and North America. They are often grown in gardens for their erect, featherlike flower spikes of white, yellow, pink, magenta, or purple, which rise above clumps of fernlike leaves from

  • Astilbe chinensis (plant)

    Astilbe: A. chinensis, up to 60 cm (2 feet) in height, has produced several hybrids with dwarf habit and more intense colours. The smaller A. simplicifolia, less than 30 cm (1 foot), has starlike white flowers on slender spikes. A. japonica and its hybrids constitute the…

  • Astilbe japonica (plant)

    Astilbe: A. japonica and its hybrids constitute the florist’s spirea, some with variegated leaves and larger flowers, densely packed on the spikes.

  • Astilbe philippinensis (plant)

    Saxifragaceae: Leaves of Astilbe philippinensis are used in northern Luzon, Philippines, for smoking. The rhizomes of Chinese bergenia (Bergenia purpurascens) are used in Chinese medicine to stop bleeding and to serve as a tonic. Heartleaf foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) of North America is used in folk medicine as a…

  • Astilbe simplicifolia (plant)

    Astilbe: The smaller A. simplicifolia, less than 30 cm (1 foot), has starlike white flowers on slender spikes. A. japonica and its hybrids constitute the florist’s spirea, some with variegated leaves and larger flowers, densely packed on the spikes.

  • astillero, El (work by Onetti)

    Juan Carlos Onetti: …major novel, El astillero (1961; The Shipyard), an antihero named Larsen returns to Santa María to try to revive a useless and abandoned shipyard, ending his life in futility and unheroic defeat. The book has been viewed as an ironic allegory reflecting the decay and breakdown of Uruguayan society. The…

  • Astin, Patty Duke (American actress)

    Patty Duke, (Anna Marie Duke; Patty Duke Astin; Anna Pearce), American actress (born Dec. 14, 1946, Elmhurst, N.Y.—died March 29, 2016, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1963 for her powerful performance as the deaf and blind Helen Keller, who is taught to

  • Astipálaia (island, Greece)

    Astipálaia, island, westernmost of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Aegean Sea, between Amorgós and Cos (Modern Greek: Kos). It constitutes a dímos (municipality) in the South Aegean (Nótio Aigaío) periféreia (region), southeastern Greece. The island comprises two mountain masses linked by a narrow

  • ástir samlyndra hjóna (work by Bergsson)

    Icelandic literature: Prose: …his novels from that period—ástir samlyndra hjóna (1967; “The Love of a Harmoniously Married Couple”) and Anna (1969)—subjected contemporary Icelandic society and Iceland’s military relations with the United States to biting satiric attacks. His later works, the collection of short stories Hvae ereldi Gues? (1970; “What Does God Eat?”)…

  • Astley’s Amphitheatre (British circus)

    Andrew Ducrow: …chief performer at the famous Astley’s Amphitheatre, a permanent modern circus (1824–41). When Astley’s was destroyed by fire for the third time in 1841, Ducrow suffered a mental breakdown and died soon after.

  • Astley, Philip (British circus manager)

    Philip Astley, English trick rider and theatrical manager who in 1770 in London created Astley’s Amphitheatre, considered the first modern circus ring. Astley was a horseman with a British dragoon regiment from about 1759 and at first was the sole performer in the Amphitheatre, specializing in

  • Astley, Thea (Australian author)

    Thea Astley, Australian author, who in her fiction examined, usually satirically, the lives of morally and intellectually isolated people in her native country. Astley graduated from the University of Queensland in 1947 and taught English in Queensland (1944–48) and New South Wales (1948–67) and at

  • Astley, Thea Beatrice May (Australian author)

    Thea Astley, Australian author, who in her fiction examined, usually satirically, the lives of morally and intellectually isolated people in her native country. Astley graduated from the University of Queensland in 1947 and taught English in Queensland (1944–48) and New South Wales (1948–67) and at

  • ASTM

    cement: Strength: The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification requires tensile tests on a 1:3 cement-sand mortar and compressive tests on a 1:2.75 mortar. The British Standards Institution (BSI) gives as alternatives a compressive test on a 1:3 mortar or on a concrete specimen. An international…

  • Astolphe, Marquis de Custine (French marquis)

    Nicholas I: Personality: Or to refer to Astolphe, marquis de Custine, whose lasting literary fame rests on his denunciation of the Russia of Nicholas I: “Virgil’s Neptune…one could not be more emperor than he.” In short, Nicholas I came to represent autocracy personified: infinitely majestic, determined and powerful, hard as stone, and…

  • Astomatida (protozoan)

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