Bigarreau, Bigaroon Big`ar·reau", Big`a·roon" noun [ French bigarreau , from bigarré variegated.] (Botany) The large white-heart cherry.
Bigeminate Bi·gem"i·nate adjective [ Prefix bi- + geminate .] (Botany) Having a forked petiole, and a pair of leaflets at the end of each division; biconjugate; twice paired; -- said of a decompound leaf.
Bigential Bi·gen"tial adjective [ Prefix bi- + Latin gens , gentis , tribe.] (Zoology) Including two tribes or races of men.
Bigeye Big"eye` noun (Zoology) A fish of the genus Priacanthus , remarkable for the large size of the eye.
Bigg Bigg noun & v. See Big , noun & v.
Biggen Big"gen transitive verb & i. To make or become big; to enlarge. [ Obsolete or Dial.] Steele.
Bigger Big"ger adjective , compar. of Big .
Biggest Big"gest adjective , superl. of Big .
Biggin Big"gin noun
[ French béguin
, probably from the cap worn by the Béguines
. Confer Beguine
.] A child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head.
An old woman's biggin for a nightcap.
Biggin Big"gin noun A coffeepot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee, through which boiling water is poured; -- so called from Mr. Biggin , the inventor.
Biggin, Bigging Big"gin, Big"ging noun [ Middle English bigging . See Big , Bigg , transitive verb ] A building. [ Obsolete]
Biggon, Biggonnet Big"gon, Big"gon·net noun [ French béguin and Old French beguinet , dim of béguin . See Biggin a cap.] A cap or hood with pieces covering the ears.
Bigha Big"ha noun A measure of land in India, varying from a third of an acre to an acre.
Bighorn Big"horn` noun (Zoology) The Rocky Mountain sheep ( Ovis or Caprovis montana ).
Bight Bight (bīt) noun [ Middle English biʒt a bending; confer Swedish & Danish bugt bend, bay; from Anglo-Saxon byht , from būgan . √88. Confer Bout , Bought a bend, and see Bow , v. ] 1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow. 2. (Geology) A bend in a coast forming an open bay; as, the Bight of Benin. 3. (Nautical) The double part of a rope when folded, in distinction from the ends; that is, a round, bend, or coil not including the ends; a loop.
Biglandular Bi·glan"du·lar adjective [ Prefix bi- + glandular .] Having two glands, as a plant.
Bigly Big"ly adverb
[ From Big
] In a tumid, swelling, blustering manner; haughtily; violently.
He brawleth bigly .
Robynson (More's Utopia. )
Bigness Big"ness noun The state or quality of being big; largeness; size; bulk.
Bignonia Big·no"ni·a noun [ Named from the Abbé Bignon .] (Botany) A large genus of American, mostly tropical, climbing shrubs, having compound leaves and showy somewhat tubular flowers. B. capreolata is the cross vine of the Southern United States. The trumpet creeper was formerly considered to be of this genus.
Bignoniaceous Big·no`ni·a"ceous adjective (Botany) Of pertaining to, or resembling, the family of plants of which the trumpet flower is an example.
Bigot Big"ot noun
[ French bigot
a bigot or hypocrite, a name once given to the Normans in France. Of unknown origin; possibly akin to Spanish bigote
a whisker; hombre de bigote
a man of spirit and vigor; confer Italian s-bigottire
to terrify, to appall. Wedgwood and others maintain that bigot is from the same source as Beguine
.] 1. A hypocrite; esp., a superstitious hypocrite.
[ Obsolete] 2. A person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked. In an extended sense, a person who is intolerant of opinions which conflict with his own, as in politics or morals; one obstinately and blindly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion.
To doubt, where bigots had been content to wonder and believe.
Bigot Big"ot adjective Bigoted.
In a country more bigot than ours.
Bigoted Big"ot·ed adjective Obstinately and blindly attached to some creed, opinion practice, or ritual; unreasonably devoted to a system or party, and illiberal toward the opinions of others. " Bigoted to strife." Byron. Syn. -- Prejudiced; intolerant; narrow-minded.
Bigotedly Big"ot·ed·ly adverb In the manner of a bigot.
Bigotry Big"ot·ry noun [ Confer French bigoterie .] 1. The state of mind of a bigot; obstinate and unreasoning attachment of one's own belief and opinions, with narrow-minded intolerance of beliefs opposed to them. 2. The practice or tenets of a bigot.
Bigwig Big"wig` noun
, adjective + wig
.] A person of consequence; as, the bigwigs of society.
In our youth we have heard him spoken of by the bigwigs with extreme condescension.
Bihydroguret Bi`hy·drog"u·ret noun [ Prefix bi- + hydroguret .] (Chemistry) A compound of two atoms of hydrogen with some other substance. [ Obsolete]
Bijou Bi·jou" noun
; plural Bijoux
[ F.; of uncertain origin.] A trinket; a jewel; -- a word applied to anything small and of elegant workmanship.
Bijoutry Bi·jou"try noun [ French bijouterie . See Bijou .] Small articles of virtu, as jewelry, trinkets, etc.
Bijugate Bij"u·gate adjective [ Latin bis twice + jugatus , past participle of jugare to join.] (Botany) Having two pairs, as of leaflets.
Bijugous Bij"u·gous adjective [ Latin bijugus yoked two together; bis twice + jugum yoke, pair.] (Botany) Bijugate.
Bike Bike noun [ Ethymol. unknown.] A nest of wild bees, wasps, or ants; a swarm. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
Bikh Bikh noun [ Hind., from Sanskrit visha poison.] (Botany) The East Indian name of a virulent poison extracted from Aconitum ferox or other species of aconite: also, the plant itself.
Bilabiate Bi·la"bi·ate adjective [ Prefix bi- + labiate .] (Botany) Having two lips, as the corols of certain flowers.
Bilaciniate Bi`la·cin"i·ate adjective [ Prefix bi- + laciniate .] Doubly fringed.
Bilalo Bi·la"lo noun A two-masted passenger boat or small vessel, used in the bay of Manila.
Bilamellate, Bilamellated Bi·lam"el·late, Bi·lam"el·la`ted adjective [ Prefix bi- + lamellate .] (Botany) Formed of two plates, as the stigma of the Mimulus; also, having two elevated ridges, as in the lip of certain flowers.
Bilaminar, Bilaminate Bi·lam"i·nar, Bi·lam"i·nate adjective [ Prefix bi- + laminar , laminate .] Formed of, or having, two laminæ, or thin plates.
Biland Bi"land noun A byland. [ Obsolete] Holland.
Bilander Bil"an·der noun
[ Dutch bijlander
by + land
land, country.] (Nautical) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.
Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep
Along the coast, and land in view to keep?
Bilateral Bi·lat"er·al adjective [ Prefix bi- + lateral : confer French bilatéral .] 1. Having two sides; arranged upon two sides; affecting two sides or two parties. 2. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to the two sides of a central area or organ, or of a central axis; as, bilateral symmetry in animals, where there is a similarity of parts on the right and left sides of the body.
Bilaterality Bi·lat`er·al"i·ty noun State of being bilateral.
Bilberry Bil"ber·ry noun
; plural Bilberries
[ Confer Danish böllebær
bilberry, where bölle
is perhaps akin to English ball
.] 1. (Botany) The European whortleberry ( Vaccinium myrtillus ); also, its edible bluish black fruit.
There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry . 2. (Botany) Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides , V. cæspitosum and V. uliginosum .
Bilbo Bil"bo noun
; plural Bilboes 1. A rapier; a sword; so named from Bilbao , in Spain. Shak. 2. plural A long bar or bolt of iron with sliding shackles, and a lock at the end, to confine the feet of prisoners or offenders, esp. on board of ships.
Methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes .
Bilboquet Bil"bo·quet noun [ French] The toy called cup and ball .
Bilcock Bil"cock noun (Zoology) The European water rail.
Bildstein Bild"stein noun [ G., from bild image, likeness + stein stone.] Same as Agalmatolite .
Bile Bile noun [ Latin bilis : confer French bile .] 1. (Physiol.) A yellow, or greenish, viscid fluid, usually alkaline in reaction, secreted by the liver. It passes into the intestines, where it aids in the digestive process. Its characteristic constituents are the bile salts, and coloring matters. 2. Bitterness of feeling; choler; anger; ill humor; as, to stir one's bile . Prescott. » The ancients considered the bile to be the "humor" which caused irascibility.
Bile Bile noun [ Middle English byle , bule , bele , Anglo-Saxon b...le , b...l ; skin to Dutch buil , German beule , and Goth. ufbauljan to puff up. Confer Boil a tumor, Bulge .] A boil. [ Obsolete or Archaic]
Bilection Bi·lec"tion noun (Architecture) That portion of a group of moldings which projects beyond the general surface of a panel; a bolection.