Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Kop noun [ South Afr. D., from Dutch kop head, akin to German kopf and probably to English cop top.] Hill; mountain. [ South Africa]
Kopeck noun [ Russian kopeika .] A small Russian coin. One hundred kopecks make a rouble, worth about sixty cents. [ Written also kopek , copec , and copeck .]
[ South African D., dim. of kop
. See Kop
.] A hillock; a small kop.
[ South Africa] » The colloqual Dutch pronunciation as here given is the usual one in South Africa.
ko*rän"; 277) noun
[ Arabic qorān
. See Alcoran
.] The Scriptures of the Mohammedans, containing the professed revelations to Mohammed; -- called also Alcoran .
[ Written also Kuran
[ 1913 Webster]
Korin noun (Zoology) The gazelle.
Korrigum noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A West African antelope ( Damalis Senegalensis ), allied to the sassaby. It is reddish gray, with a black face, and a black stripe on the outside of the legs above the knees.
Kosher adjective [ heb. koshër fit, proper.] Ceremonially clean, according to Jewish law; -- applied to food, esp. to meat of animals slaughtered according to the requirements of Jewish law. Opposed to tref . Hence, designating a shop, store, house, etc., where such food is sold or used.
Kosher noun Kosher food; also, a kosher shop.
Kosher transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Koshered
; present participle & verbal noun Koshering
.] To prepare in conformity with the requirements of the Jewish law, as meat.
Kosmos noun See Cosmos . Gladstone.
Kotow noun [ Chinese, knock head.] The prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings. [ China] S. W. Williams.
Kotow intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Kotowed
; present participle & verbal noun Kotowing
.] To perform the kotow.
Koulan noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A wild horse ( Equus, or Asinus, onager ) inhabiting the plains of Central Asia; -- called also gour , khur , and onager . [ Written also kulan .] » It is sometimes confounded with the dziggetai, to which it is closely related. It is gray in winter, but fulvous in summer. It has a well defined, dark, dorsal stripe, and a short, erect mane. In size, it is intermediate between the horse and ass.
[ Russian kumys
; of Mongolian origin.] An intoxicating fermented or distilled liquor originally made by the Tartars from mare's or camel's milk. It can be obtained from any kind of milk, and is now largely made in Europe.
[ Written also koumyss
, and kumys
Koumiss has from time immemorial served the Tartar instead of wine or spirits. J. H. Newman.
Kousso noun (Botany) An Abyssinian rosaceous tree ( Brayera anthelmintica ), the flowers of which are used as a vermifuge. [ Written also cusso and kosso .]
Kowtow noun & intransitive verb The same as Kotow .
I have salaamed and kowtowed to him. H. James.
Kra noun (Zoology) A long-tailed ape ( Macacus cynomolgus ) of India and Sumatra. It is reddish olive, spotted with black, and has a black tail.
kral; 277) noun
[ Dutch, a village, inclosure, park, probably from Portuguese curral
a cattle pen; the same word as Spanish corral
. See Corral
.] 1. A collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut.
[ South Africa] 2. An inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated.
Krait noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A very venomous snake of India ( Bungarus cœruleus ), allied to the cobra. Its upper parts are bluish or brownish black, often with narrow white streaks; the belly is whitish.
[ Prob. from OSw. krake
, or ODan. krage
the trunk of a tree, the branches of which are not entirely cut off, to which it was likened by the Norwegian mariners.] A fabulous Scandinavian sea monster, often represented as resembling an island, but sometimes as resembling an immense octopus.
To believe all that has been said of the sea serpent or kraken , would be credulity; to reject the possibility of their existence, would be presumption. Goldsmith.
Like a kraken huge and black. Longfellow.
Krakowiak noun (Mus.) A lively Polish dance. See Cracovienne .
Krameria noun [ New Latin So called after the German botanists, J. G. H. & W. H. Kramer .] (Botany) A genus of spreading shrubs with many stems, from one species of which ( K. triandra ), found in Peru, rhatany root, used as a medicine, is obtained.
Krameric adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, Krameria (rhatany); as, krameric acid, usually called ratanhia-tannic acid.
Krang noun [ Confer Dutch kreng a carcass.] The carcass of a whale after the blubber has been removed. [ Written also crang and kreng .]
Kranging hook (Whaling) A hook for holding the blubber while cutting it away. [ Written also cranging hook .]
Kreatin noun (Chemistry) See Creatin .
Kremlin noun [ Russian kremle .] The citadel of a town or city; especially, the citadel of Moscow, a large inclosure which contains imperial palaces, cathedrals, churches, an arsenal, etc. [ Russia]
Krems noun A variety of white lead. See Krems lead , under Lead , noun
Kreosote noun See Creosote.
Kreutzer (kroit"sẽr) noun [ German kreuzer .] A small copper coin formerly used in South Germany; also, a small Austrian copper coin. [ Written also kreuzer .]
Kriegsspiel noun [ G., from krieg war + spiel play.] A game of war, played for practice, on maps. Farrow.
Kris noun A Malay dagger. See Creese .
Krishna noun [ Sanskrit krshna.] (Hindoo Myth.) The most popular of the Hindoo divinities, usually held to be the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu.
[ Greek krith`s
judge + 'archh`
beginning, government.] The rule of the judges over Israel.
Samson, Jephthah, Gideon, and other heroes of the kritarchy . Southey.
(kro*kĭd"o*līt) noun (Min.) See Crocidolite .
[ Dan.] A coin of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, of the value of about twenty-eight cents. See Crown , noun , 9.
; plural Kroomen
n). One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose members are much employed on shipboard.
[ German krummhorn
crooked + horn
horn.] (Mus.) (a) A reed instrument of music of the cornet kind, now obsolete (see Cornet , 1, adjective ). (b) A reed stop in the organ; -- sometimes called cremona .
Krupp gun A breech-loading steel cannon manufactured at the works of Friedrich Krupp , at Essen in Prussia. Guns of over eight-inch bore are made up of several concentric cylinders; those of a smaller size are forged solid. Knight.
Krupp process (Iron Metal.) (a) A process practiced by Friedrich Krupp , Essen, Germany, for washing pig iron, differing from the Bell process in using manganese as well as iron oxide, and performed in a Pernot furnace. Called also the Bell-Krupp process . (b) A process for the manufacture of steel armor plates, invented or practiced by Krupp , the details of which are secret. It is understood to involve the addition of chromium as well as nickel to the metal, and to include a treatment like that of the Harvey process with unknown variations or additions. The product is mentioned by some authors, as improved Harvey , or Harvey-Krupp armor plate.
Kruppize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Kruppized
; present participle & verbal noun Kruppizing
.] (Metal.) To treat by, or subject to, the Krupp process.
Krypton noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... , neut. of ... hidden.] (Chemistry) An inert gaseous element of the argon group, occurring in air to the extent of about one volume in a million. It was discovered by Ramsay and Travers in 1898. Liquefying point, -- 152Â° C.; symbol, Kr ; atomic weight, 83.0.
(zär) noun See Czar .
Kshatriya, Kshatruya noun
[ Sanskrit kshatriya
one belonging to the military caste.] The military caste, the second of the four great Hindoo castes; also, a member of that caste. See Caste .