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pisonia - noun genus of often thorny tropical trees and shrubs and some vines; mainly America

  • pistacia - noun a dicotyledonous genus of trees of the family Anacardiaceae having drupaceous fruit

  • pistia - noun pantropical floating plant forming a rosette of wedge-shaped leaves; a widespread weed in rivers and lakes

  • pistil - noun the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma

  • pistillate - adj. having gynoecia, or pistils, the ovule-bearing organ of a seed plant; bearing or consisting of carpels

  • pistillode - noun a sterile vestigial pistil remaining in a staminate flower

  • pistoleer - noun someone armed with a pistol (especially a soldier so armed)

  • pisum - noun small genus of variable annual Eurasian vines: peas

  • pita - noun usually small round bread that can open into a pocket for filling

  • pitahaya - noun highly colored edible fruit of pitahaya cactus having bright red juice; often as large as a peach; cactus of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having edible juicy fruit

  • pitanga - noun Brazilian tree with spicy red fruit; often cultivated in California and Florida

  • pitcher - noun the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit; an open vessel with a handle and a spout for pouring; (baseball) the person who does the pitching; the quantity contained in a pitcher

  • pitcherful - noun the quantity contained in a pitcher

  • pitching - noun (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team; abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

  • pitchman - noun an aggressive salesman who uses a fast line of talk to sell something; someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)

  • pitchy - adj. having the characteristics of pitch or tar; of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal

  • piteously - adv. in a piteous manner

  • pithecanthropus - noun former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus

  • pithecia - noun sakis

  • pithecolobium - noun thorny shrubs and trees of tropical and subtropical America and Asia

  • pithily - adv. in a pithy sententious manner

  • pithiness - noun terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words

  • pitiably - adv. in a manner arousing sympathy and compassion

  • pitifully - adv. to a pitiful degree

  • pitiless - adj. deficient in humane and kindly feelings; without mercy or pity

  • pitilessness - noun mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity; feelings of extreme heartlessness

  • piton - noun a metal spike with a hole for a rope; mountaineers drive it into ice or rock to use as a hold

  • pitta - noun any bird of the genus Pitta; brilliantly colored chiefly terrestrial birds with short wings and tail and stout bills

  • pittance - noun an inadequate payment

  • pitted - adj. pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)

  • pittidae - noun pittas

  • pitting - noun the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion

  • pitying - adj. feeling or expressing sorrow or pity

  • pityingly - adv. in a compassionate manner

  • pityriasis - noun any of several skin disorders characterized by shedding dry flakes of skin

  • pityrogramma - noun terrestrial tropical ferns having fronds with powdery yellowish or white undersides; sometimes placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae

  • pix - noun any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept; a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay

  • pixie - noun (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous; creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star-shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas

  • pixilated - adj. very drunk; naughtily or annoyingly playful

  • placable - adj. easily calmed or pacified

  • placard - noun a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; verb publicize or announce by placards; post in a public place

  • placation - noun the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity

  • placative - adj. tending or intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions

  • placatory - adj. tending or intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions

  • placeman - noun a disparaging term for an appointee

  • placement - noun contact established between applicants and prospective employees; the act of putting something in a certain place; the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

  • placentation - noun arrangement of the ovules in the placenta and of the placentas in the ovary; the formation of the placenta in the uterus

  • placer - noun an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral

  • placidity - noun a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling; a disposition free from stress or emotion

  • placidly - adv. in a placid and good-natured manner; in a quiet and tranquil manner

  • placidness - noun a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling

  • placket - noun a piece of cloth sewn under an opening

  • placoderm - noun fishlike vertebrate with bony plates on head and upper body; dominant in seas and rivers during the Devonian; considered the earliest vertebrate with jaws

  • placodermi - noun extinct group of bony-plated fishes with primitive jaws

  • placoid - adj. as the hard flattened scales of e.g. sharks

  • plage - noun the beach at a seaside resort

  • plagianthus - noun small genus of shrubs and trees of Australia and New Zealand

  • plagiaristic - adj. copied and passed off as your own

  • plagiarization - noun the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own

  • plagiarize - verb take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property

  • plagiarizer - noun someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

  • plagiocephaly - noun congenital malformation of the skull in which the main axis of the skull is oblique

  • plagioclastic - adj. of or relating to plagioclase

  • plaguily - adv. in a disagreeable manner

  • plaguy - adj. causing irritation or annoyance; adv. in a disagreeable manner

  • plaice - noun large European food fish; flesh of large European flatfish

  • plainclothesman - noun a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty

  • plainly - adv. in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment; unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

  • plainness - noun the appearance of being plain and unpretentious; the state of being unmixed with other material; an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful; clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous

  • plainsman - noun an inhabitant of a plains region (especially the Great Plains of North America)

  • plainspoken - adj. using simple and direct language; characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

  • plaint - noun a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed; a cry of sorrow and grief

  • plaintively - adv. in a plaintive manner

  • plaintiveness - noun expressing sorrowfulness

  • plait - noun any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape; a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair; verb weave into plaits; make by braiding or interlacing

  • plaiter - noun someone who plaits (hair or fabric etc.)

  • planaria - noun free-swimming mostly freshwater flatworms; popular in laboratory studies for the ability to regenerate lost parts

  • planarian - noun free-swimming mostly freshwater flatworms; popular in laboratory studies for the ability to regenerate lost parts

  • planate - adj. having been flattened

  • planation - noun the process of erosion whereby a level surface is produced

  • planchet - noun a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin

  • planchette - noun a triangular board supported on casters; when lightly touched with the fingertips it is supposed to spell out supernatural (or unconscious) messages

  • planeness - noun the property of having two dimensions

  • planer - noun a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood

  • planera - noun a deciduous tree of the family Ulmaceae that grows in the southeastern United States

  • planetal - adj. of or relating to or resembling the physical or orbital characteristics of a planet or the planets

  • plangency - noun having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant

  • plangent - adj. loud and resounding

  • planking - noun the work of covering an area with planks; (nautical) a covering or flooring constructed of planks (as on a ship); planks collectively; a quantity of planks

  • planktonic - adj. of or relating to plankton

  • planless - adj. aimlessly drifting

  • planner - noun a notebook for recording appointments and things to be done, etc.; a person who makes plans

  • planococcus - noun a genus of Pseudococcidae

  • planographic - adj. of or relating to or involving planography

  • planography - noun the process of printing from a surface on which the printing areas are not raised but are ink-receptive (as opposed to ink repellent)

  • plantae - noun the taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct plants

  • plantaginaceae - noun cosmopolitan family of small herbs and a few shrubs; most are troublesome weeds

  • plantaginales - noun coextensive with the family Plantaginaceae

  • plantago - noun type genus of the family Plantaginaceae; large cosmopolitan genus of mostly small herbs

  • plantal - adj. of or relating to plants

  • plantar - adj. relating to or occurring on the undersurface of the foot

  • planter - noun a decorative pot for house plants; the owner or manager of a plantation; a worker who puts or sets seeds or seedlings into the ground

  • plantigrade - adj. (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do); noun an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings

  • planting - noun putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow; the act of fixing firmly in place; a collection of plants (trees or shrubs or flowers) in a particular area

  • plantlet - noun a young plant or a small plant

  • plantsman - noun an expert in the science of cultivating plants (fruit or flowers or vegetables or ornamental plants)

  • planula - noun the flat ciliated free-swimming larva of hydrozoan coelenterates

  • plash - noun the sound like water splashing; verb dash a liquid upon or against; interlace the shoots of

  • plasmapheresis - noun plasma is separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor

  • plasmodiophora - noun type genus of Plasmodiophoraceae comprising minute plant parasitic fungi similar to and sometimes included among the slime molds

  • plasmodiophoraceae - noun family of fungi often causing hypertrophy in seed plants

  • plasmodium - noun parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans; multinucleate sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of such organisms as slime molds

  • plasterboard - noun wallboard with a gypsum plaster core bounded to layers of paper or fiberboard; used instead of plaster or wallboard to make interior walls

  • plasterer - noun a worker skilled in applying plaster

  • plastering - noun the application of plaster

  • plasterwork - noun a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)

  • plastically - adv. in a plastic manner

  • plasticine - noun a synthetic material resembling clay but remaining soft; used as a substitute for clay or wax in modeling (especially in schools)

  • plasticity - noun the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking

  • plasticize - verb make plastic, as by the addition of a plasticizer; become plastic, as by having a plasticizer added

  • plasticizer - noun a substance added to plastics or other materials to make them more pliable

  • plastid - noun any of various small particles in the cytoplasm of the cells of plants and some animals containing pigments or starch or oil or protein

  • platalea - noun type genus of the Plataleidae

  • plataleidae - noun spoonbills

  • platan - noun any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits

  • platanaceae - noun coextensive with the genus Platanus: plane trees

  • platanistidae - noun river dolphins

  • platanus - noun genus of large monoecious mostly deciduous trees: London plane; sycamore

  • plateful - noun the quantity contained in a plate

  • platelayer - noun a workman who lays and repairs railroad tracks

  • platelike - adj. as the hard flattened scales of e.g. sharks

  • plater - noun a skilled worker who coats articles with a film of metal (usually silver or gold)

  • plating - noun the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis); a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface

  • platinize - verb coat with metallic platinum

  • platitudinal - adj. dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality

  • platitudinarian - noun a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes

  • platitudinize - verb utter platitudes

  • platonistic - adj. pertaining to or characteristic of or in accordance with Platonism

  • plattdeutsch - noun a German dialect spoken in northern Germany

  • platter - noun a large shallow dish used for serving food; sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove

  • platy - noun small stocky Mexican fish; popular aquarium fish

  • platycephalidae - noun scorpaenoid flatheads

  • platycerium - noun often epiphytic tropical Old World ferns

  • platyctenea - noun an order of Tentaculata

  • platyhelminth - noun parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body

  • platyhelminthes - noun flatworms

  • platyrrhine - adj. of or related to New World monkeys having nostrils far apart or to people with broad noses; noun hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails

  • platyrrhini - noun New World monkeys: capuchin; douroucouli; howler monkey; saki; spider monkey; squirrel monkey; titi; uakari; woolly monkey; marmoset; tamarin

  • platyrrhinian - adj. of or related to New World monkeys having nostrils far apart or to people with broad noses; noun hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails

  • platyrrhinic - adj. of or related to New World monkeys having nostrils far apart or to people with broad noses

  • platysma - noun either of two broad muscles located on either side of the neck and innervated by the facial nerve; extends from lower jaw to clavicle and is involved in moving the mouth and jaw

  • platystemon - noun one species: creamcups

  • plaudit - noun enthusiastic approval

  • plausibility - noun apparent validity

  • plausibleness - noun apparent validity

  • plausibly - adv. easy to believe on the basis of available evidence

  • plausive - adj. expressing or manifesting praise or approval

  • plautus - noun a genus of Alcidae; comic dramatist of ancient Rome (253?-184 BC)

  • playable - adj. capable of or suitable for being played or played on

  • playacting - noun the performance of a part or role in a drama

  • playbill - noun a theatrical program

  • playbook - noun a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign; a book containing the scripts of one or more dramatic plays; a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the plays that a team has practiced (especially an American football team)

  • playbox - noun a box for a child's toys and personal things (especially at a boarding school)

  • playday - noun time for play or diversion

  • player - noun a person who participates in or is skilled at some game; an important participant (as in a business deal); a theatrical performer; someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

  • playfellow - noun a companion at play

  • playfully - adv. in a playful manner

  • playfulness - noun a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; activities that are enjoyable or amusing; a festive merry feeling

  • playgoer - noun someone who attends the theater

  • playlet - noun a short play

  • playmaker - noun a player in a team sport who leads attacks or maneuvers in such a way that a teammate can score

  • playpen - noun a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

  • playscript - noun a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

  • playsuit - noun a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse

  • pleach - verb interlace the shoots of; form or weave into a braid or braids

  • pleader - noun a lawyer who pleads cases in court

  • pleading - adj. expressing earnest entreaty; noun (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

  • pleadingly - adv. in a beseeching manner

  • pleasance - noun a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion; a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

  • pleasantly - adv. in an enjoyable manner; in a cheerful manner

  • pleasantness - noun the quality of giving pleasure; the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling

  • pleasantry - noun an agreeable or amusing remark

  • pleaser - noun a pleasing entertainer

  • pleasing - adj. able to please or win approval; giving pleasure and satisfaction; giving pleasure or satisfaction; aesthetically pleasing; noun the act of one who pleases

  • pleasingly - adv. in a pleasing manner

  • pleasingness - noun an agreeable beauty that gives pleasure or enjoyment; pleasant palatability

  • pleasurable - adj. affording satisfaction or pleasure

  • pleasurably - adv. in a very pleasurable manner

  • pleb - noun one of the common people

  • plebe - noun a military trainee (as at a military academy)

  • plebiscite - noun a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

  • plecoptera - noun stoneflies
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