Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Kaama noun (Zoology) The hartbeest.

Kabala noun See Cabala .

Kabassou noun (Zoology) See Cabassou .

Kabob noun & transitive verb See Cabob , noun & transitive verb

Kabook noun (min.) A clay ironstone found in Ceylon.

Kabyle noun [ Arabic qabīla .] (Ethnol.) A Berber, as in Algiers or Tunis. See Berber .

Kadder noun [ Confer Caddow .] (Zoology) The jackdaw.

Kadi, Kadiaster noun A Turkish judge. See Cadi .

Kafal noun (Botany) The Arabian name of two trees of the genus Balsamodendron , which yield a gum resin and a red aromatic wood.

Kaffir (kăf"fẽr), Ka"fir (kä"fẽr) noun [ Arabic kāfir infidel, pagan, from kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; -- a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Confer Giaour .] (Ethnol.) (a) One of a race which, with the Hottentots and Bushmen, inhabit South Africa. They inhabit the country north of Cape Colony, the name being now specifically applied to the tribes living between Cape Colony and Natal; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs. (b) One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia. [ Spelt also Caffre .]

Kaffir corn (Botany) , a Cape Colony name for Indian millet.

Kaffle noun See Coffle .

Kafilah noun See Cafila .

Kaftan n & v. See Caftan .

Kage noun A chantry chapel inclosed with lattice or screen work.

Kagu noun (Zoology) A singular, crested, grallatorial bird (Rhinochetos jubatus) , native of New Caledonia. It is gray above, paler beneath, and the feathers of the wings and tail are handsomely barred with brown, black, and gray. It is allied to the sun bittern.

Kaguan noun (Zoology) The colugo.

Kahani noun A kind of notary public, or attorney, in the Levant.

Kahau noun [ Native name, from its cry.] (Zoology) A long-nosed monkey ( Semnopithecus nasalis ), native of Borneo. The general color of the body is bright chestnut, with the under parts, shoulders, and sides of the head, golden yellow, and the top of the head and upper part of the back brown. Called also proboscis monkey . [ Written also kaha .]

Kail noun
1. (Botany) A kind of headless cabbage. Same as Kale , 1.

2. Any cabbage, greens, or vegetables. [ Middle English or Scot.]

3. A broth made with kail or other vegetables; hence, any broth; also, a dinner. [ Scot.]

Kail yard , a kitchen garden. [ Scot.]

Kaimacam noun Same as Caimacam .

Kain noun (Scots Law) Poultry, etc., required by the lease to be paid in kind by a tenant to his landlord. Wharton (Law Dict.).

Kainit noun [ Trade name, from kainite .] Salts of potassium used in the manufacture of fertilizers.

Kainite noun [ Greek ... recent.] (Min.) A compound salt consisting chiefly of potassium chloride and magnesium sulphate, occurring at the Stassfurt salt mines in Prussian Saxony.

Kainozoic adjective See Cenozoic .

Kaique noun (Nautical) See Caique .

Kairine noun (Chemistry) A pale buff or white crystalline alkaloid derived from quinoline, and used as an antipyretic in medicine.

Kairoline noun (Chemistry) An organic base obtained from quinoline. It is used as a febrifuge, and resembles kairine.

Kaiser noun [ Greek , from Latin Caesar . Confer Kesar , and Czar .] The ancient title of emperors of Germany assumed by King William of Prussia when crowned sovereign of the new German empire in 1871.

Kaka noun [ Maori kaka a parrot; -- so named from its note.] (Zoology) A New Zealand parrot of the genus Nestor , especially the brown parrot ( Nestor meridionalis ).

» The mountain kaka , or kea ( N. notabilis ), is remarkable for having recently acquired carnivorous habits. It attacks and kills lambs and pigs, sometimes doing great damage.

Night kaka . (Zoology) The kakapo.

Kakapo noun (Zoology) A singular nocturnal parrot ( Strigops habroptilus ), native of New Zealand. It lives in holes during the day, but is active at night. It resembles an owl in its colors and general appearance. It has large wings, but can fly only a short distance. Called also owl parrot , night parrot , and night kaka .

Kakaralli noun A kind of wood common in Demerara, durable in salt water, because not subject to the depredations of the sea worm and barnacle.

Kakistocracy (kăk`ĭs*tŏk"rȧ*sȳ) noun [ Greek ka`kistos worst + kratei^n to rule.] Government by the worst men.

Kakoxene noun See Cacoxene .

Kalan noun (Zoology) The sea otter.

Kalasie noun (Zoology) A long-tailed monkey of Borneo ( Semnopithecus rubicundus ). It has a tuft of long hair on the head.

Kale noun [ Scot. kale , kail , cale , colewort, Gael. cael ; akin to Ir. cal , W. cawl , Armor. kaol . See Cole .]


1. (Botany) A variety of cabbage in which the leaves do not form a head, being nearly the original or wild form of the species. [ Written also kail , and cale .]

2. See Kail , 2.

Sea kale (Botany) , a European cruciferous herb ( Crambe maritima ), often used as a pot herb; sea cabbage.

Kaleege noun (Zoology) One of several species of large, crested, Asiatic pheasants, belonging to the genus Euplocamus , and allied to the firebacks.

Kaleidophon, Kaleidophone [ Greek ... beautiful + ... appearance, form + ... sound.] (Physics.) An instrument invented by Professor Wheatstone, consisting of a reflecting knob at the end of a vibrating rod or thin plate, for making visible, in the motion of a point of light reflected from the knob, the paths or curves corresponding with the musical notes produced by the vibrations.

Kaleidoscope noun [ Greek ... beautiful + ... form + -scope .] An instrument invented by Sir David Brewster, which contains loose fragments of colored glass, etc., and reflecting surfaces so arranged that changes of position exhibit its contents in an endless variety of beautiful colors and symmetrical forms. It has been much employed in arts of design.

Shifting like the fragments of colored glass in the kaleidoscope .
G. W. Cable.

Kaleidoscopic, Kaleidoscopical adjective Of, pertaining to, or formed by, a kaleidoscope; variegated.

Kalendar noun See Calendar .

Kalendarial adjective See Calendarial .

Kalender noun See 3d Calender .

Kalends noun Same as Calends .

Kali noun [ Sanskrit kali .] (Hind. Cosmog.) The last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years.

Kali noun [ Sanskrit kālī .] (Hind. Myth.) The black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga , Anna Purna .

Kali noun [ Arabic qali . See Alkali .] (Botany) The glasswort ( Salsola Kali ).

Kalif noun See Caliph .

Kaliform adjective [ Kali + - form .] Formed like kali, or glasswort.