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plecopteran - noun primitive winged insect with a flattened body; used as bait by fishermen; aquatic gilled larvae are carnivorous and live beneath stones

  • plecotus - noun a genus of Vespertilionidae

  • plectognath - noun tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines

  • plectognathi - noun boxfishes; filefishes; globefishes; ocean sunfishes; triggerfishes; puffers

  • plectron - noun a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

  • plectrum - noun a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

  • pledgee - noun someone to whom a pledge is made or someone with whom something is deposited as a pledge

  • pledger - noun someone who makes or gives a pledge

  • pleione - noun small genus of dwarf orchids; India to Thailand and Taiwan

  • plenarily - adv. in a plenary manner

  • plenteous - adj. affording an abundant supply

  • plenteously - adv. in a bountiful manner

  • plenteousness - noun a full supply

  • plentifully - adv. in a bountiful manner

  • plentifulness - noun a full supply

  • pleochroic - adj. of or relating to or having pleochroism

  • pleochroism - noun the phenomenon of different colors appearing when certain crystals are viewed from different directions

  • pleomorphic - adj. relating to or characterized by pleomorphism

  • pleomorphism - noun (biology) the appearance of two or more distinctly different forms in the life cycle of some organisms; (chemistry) the existence of different kinds of crystal of the same chemical compound

  • pleonasm - noun using more words than necessary

  • pleonaste - noun a dark-colored spinel containing iron

  • pleonastic - adj. repetition of same sense in different words

  • pleopod - noun one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming

  • plesianthropus - noun former name for the genus Australopithecus

  • plesiosaur - noun extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs; of the Jurassic and Cretaceous

  • plesiosauria - noun any of the plesiosaurs

  • plesiosaurus - noun extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs; of the Jurassic and Cretaceous

  • plessimeter - noun a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations

  • plessor - noun (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes

  • plethodon - noun type genus of the Plethodontidae

  • plethodontidae - noun small mostly terrestrial New World salamanders having neither lungs nor gills as adults

  • plethoric - adj. excessively abundant

  • plethysmograph - noun a measuring instrument for measuring changes in volume of a part or organ or whole body (usually resulting from fluctuations in the amount of blood it contains)

  • pleuralgia - noun pain in the chest caused by inflammation of the muscles between the ribs

  • pleurisy - noun inflammation of the pleura of the lungs (especially the parietal layer)

  • pleurobrachia - noun sea gooseberries

  • pleurobrachiidae - noun sea gooseberries

  • pleurocarp - noun a moss having the archegonium or antheridium on a short side branch rather than the main stalk

  • pleurocarpous - adj. (of mosses) having the archegonia on short lateral branches

  • pleurodont - noun an animal having teeth consolidate with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets

  • pleurodynia - noun pain in the chest caused by inflammation of the muscles between the ribs

  • pleuronectes - noun type genus of the Pleuronectidae

  • pleuronectidae - noun righteye flounders

  • pleuropneumonia - noun pleurisy and pneumonia

  • pleurotus - noun agarics with white spores and caps having an eccentric stem; an important mushroom of Japan

  • pleximeter - noun a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations

  • pleximetry - noun tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes

  • plexor - noun (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes

  • plexus - noun a network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels

  • pliability - noun adaptability of mind or character; the property of being easily bent without breaking

  • pliantness - noun adaptability of mind or character; the property of being pliant and flexible

  • plica - noun a folded part (as in skin or muscle)

  • plicate - verb fold into pleats, "Pleat the cloth"

  • plication - noun folding in parallel folds; an angular or rounded shape made by folding

  • plier - noun someone who plies a trade

  • plimsoll - noun a light gym shoe with a rubber sole and a canvas top; waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded

  • plinth - noun an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)

  • ploce - noun (rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning

  • ploceidae - noun weaverbirds

  • ploceus - noun type genus of the Ploceidae

  • plodder - noun someone who moves slowly; someone who works slowly and monotonously for long hours; someone who walks in a laborious heavy-footed manner

  • plodding - adj. (of movement) slow and laborious; noun the act of walking with a slow heavy gait; hard monotonous routine work

  • ploddingly - adv. in a plodding manner

  • plosion - noun the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

  • plosive - noun a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it

  • plotted - adj. planned in advance

  • plotter - noun an instrument (usually driven by a computer) for drawing graphs or pictures; a clerk who marks data on a chart; a member of a conspiracy; a planner who draws up a personal scheme of action

  • plough - noun a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing; a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major; verb to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil

  • plow - noun a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing; verb to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression

  • plowboy - noun a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow

  • plower - noun a man who plows

  • plowing - noun tilling the land with a plow

  • plowland - noun arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops

  • plowwright - noun a workman who makes and repairs plows

  • ploy - noun a maneuver in a game or conversation; an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

  • plucked - adj. of a stringed instrument; sounded with the fingers or a plectrum; having the feathers removed, as from a pelt or a fowl

  • pluckily - adv. in a plucky manner

  • pluckiness - noun the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

  • plugged - adj. (of a coin) altered by the insertion of a plug of base metal; completely obstructed or closed off

  • plugger - noun someone who is an active supporter and advocate

  • plughole - noun a hole into which a plug fits (especially a hole where water drains away)

  • plumaged - adj. often used as combining forms

  • plumate - adj. having an ornamental plume or feathery tuft

  • plumbable - adj. (of depth) capable of being sounded or measured for depth

  • plumbaginaceae - noun perennial herbs and shrubs and lianas; cosmopolitan especially in saltwater areas

  • plumbaginaceous - adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of plants of the family Plumbaginaceae

  • plumber - noun a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances

  • plumbery - noun the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)

  • plumbic - adj. relating to or consisting of lead

  • plumbing - noun the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building); utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage; measuring the depths of the oceans

  • plumbism - noun toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system

  • plumbous - adj. relating to or consisting of lead

  • plumcot - noun hybrid between plum and apricot; hybrid produced by crossing Prunus domestica and Prunus armeniaca

  • plumed - adj. having or covered with or abounding in plumes; (of a knight's helmet) having a decorative plume; having an ornamental plume or feathery tuft

  • plumelike - adj. resembling a plume

  • plumiera - noun deciduous shrubs and trees of tropical America having branches like candelabra and fragrant white or pink flowers

  • plumlike - adj. resembling a plum fruit

  • plummy - adj. (of a voice) affectedly mellow and rich; very desirable

  • plumose - adj. having an ornamental plume or feathery tuft

  • plumping - adj. very large; of exceptional size for its kind

  • plumpness - noun the bodily property of being well rounded

  • plumule - noun down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds

  • plumy - adj. adorned with feathers or plumes; having or covered with or abounding in plumes; resembling a plume

  • plunderage - noun the act of plundering (especially the embezzlement of goods on shipboard)

  • plunderer - noun someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)

  • plundering - adj. given to taking by force what is desired; noun the act of stealing valuable things from a place

  • plunger - noun hand tool consisting of a stick with a rubber suction cup at one end; used to clean clogged drains; mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion; someone who dives (into water); someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains

  • pluralism - noun the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time; the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements; a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

  • pluralist - noun someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society; a philosopher who believes that no single explanation can account for all the phenomena of nature; a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time

  • pluralistic - adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of pluralism

  • plurality - noun (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes); the state of being plural; a large indefinite number

  • pluralization - noun the act of pluralizing or attributing plurality to

  • pluralize - verb mark with a grammatical morpheme that indicates plural

  • pluteus - noun a large genus of fungi belonging to the family Pluteaceae; the shape of the cap resembles a roof; often abundant early in the summer

  • plutocracy - noun a political system governed by the wealthy people

  • plutocrat - noun someone who exercises power by virtue of wealth

  • plutocratic - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a plutocrat

  • plutocratical - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a plutocrat

  • plutonian - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Hades or Tartarus

  • plutonic - adj. of igneous rock that has solidified beneath the earth's surface; granite or diorite or gabbro

  • pluvialis - noun golden plovers

  • pluviometer - noun gauge consisting of an instrument to measure the quantity of precipitation

  • pluviose - noun fifth month of the Revolutionary calendar (January and February); the rainy month

  • plyer - noun someone who plies a trade

  • pneumatically - adv. in a pneumatic manner

  • pneumatics - noun the branch of mechanics that deals with the mechanical properties of gases

  • pneumatophore - noun an air-filled root (submerged or exposed) that can function as a respiratory organ of a marsh or swamp plant

  • pneumococcal - adj. of or derived from or caused by bacteria of the genus pneumococcus

  • pneumoconiosis - noun chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles

  • pneumogastric - adj. of or relating to or involving the lungs and stomach; of or relating to the vagus nerve; noun a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera

  • pneumonectomy - noun surgical removal of a lung (usually to treat lung cancer)

  • pneumonic - adj. relating to or affecting the lungs; pertaining to or characterized by or affected by pneumonia

  • pneumonitis - noun inflammation of the lungs; caused by a virus or an allergic reaction

  • pneumonoconiosis - noun chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles

  • pneumothorax - noun abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis)

  • poa - noun chiefly perennial grasses of cool temperate regions

  • poaceae - noun the grasses: chiefly herbaceous but some woody plants including cereals; bamboo; reeds; sugar cane

  • poacher - noun small slender fish (to 8 inches) with body covered by bony plates; chiefly of deeper northern Pacific waters; a cooking vessel designed to poach food (such as fish or eggs); someone who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another

  • pob - noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for

  • pochard - noun heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head

  • pock - noun a pustule in an eruptive disease; verb mark with a scar

  • pocketable - adj. small enough to be carried in a garment pocket

  • pocketknife - noun a knife with a blade that folds into the handle; suitable for carrying in the pocket

  • pockmark - noun a scar or pit on the skin that is left by a pustule of smallpox or acne or other eruptive disease; verb mark with or as if with pockmarks

  • podalgia - noun foot pain

  • podargidae - noun frogmouths

  • podargus - noun type genus of the Podargidae

  • podetium - noun an organ or body resembling a stalk; especially the outgrowth of the thallus of certain lichens on which the ascocarp is borne

  • podgy - adj. short and plump

  • podiatrist - noun a specialist in care for the feet

  • podiatry - noun the branch of medicine concerned with the feet

  • podiceps - noun type genus of the Podicipedidae: grebes

  • podicipedidae - noun coextensive with the order Podicipitiformes

  • podlike - adj. resembling a pod

  • podocarp - noun any evergreen in the southern hemisphere of the genus Podocarpus having a pulpy fruit with one hard seed

  • podocarpaceae - noun gymnosperms with simple persistent needlelike or scalelike leaves

  • podocarpus - noun evergreen trees or shrubs; sometimes classified as member of the family Taxaceae

  • podophyllum - noun perennial rhizomatous herbs

  • podsol - noun a soil that develops in temperate to cold moist climates under coniferous or heath vegetation; an organic mat over a grey leached layer

  • podzol - noun a soil that develops in temperate to cold moist climates under coniferous or heath vegetation; an organic mat over a grey leached layer

  • poeciliidae - noun topminnows

  • poetess - noun a woman poet

  • poetical - adj. characteristic of or befitting poetry; of or relating to poetry

  • poetically - adv. in a poetic manner

  • poetics - noun study of poetic works

  • poetize - verb compose verses or put into verse

  • poetizer - noun a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses (usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets)

  • pogge - noun northern Atlantic sea poacher

  • pogonia - noun any hardy bog orchid of the genus Pogonia: terrestrial orchids having slender rootstocks and erect stems bearing one or a few leaves and a solitary terminal flower

  • pogonion - noun the craniometric point that is the most forward-projecting point on the anterior surface of the chin

  • pogonip - noun a dense winter fog containing ice particles

  • pogy - noun money received from the state

  • poignance - noun a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow

  • poignancy - noun a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow

  • poignantly - adv. in a poignant or touching manner

  • poikilotherm - noun an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals

  • poikilothermic - adj. of animals except birds and mammals; having body temperature that varies with the environment

  • poilu - noun thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.

  • poinciana - noun small subgenus of ornamental tropical shrubs or trees; not recognized in some classifications; a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana

  • pointed - adj. direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant; having a point

  • pointedly - adv. in such a manner as to make something clearly evident

  • pointedness - noun the quality of being obviously directed at a particular person or thing; the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip

  • pointel - noun a tool used by an engraver

  • pointer - noun a strong slender smooth-haired dog of Spanish origin having a white coat with brown or black patches; scents out and points game; an indicator as on a dial; (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions; a mark to indicate a direction or relation

  • pointillism - noun a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France

  • pointless - adj. lacking import; not having a point especially a sharp point; serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

  • pointlessly - adv. in a pointless manner
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