Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Kuda noun (Zoology) The East Indian tapir. See Tapir .

Kudos noun [ New Latin , from Greek ky^dos glory.] Glory; fame; renown; praise. W. H. Russel.

Kudos transitive verb To praise; to extol; to glorify. " Kudos'd egregiously." [ R.] Southey.

Kudu noun (Zoology) See Koodoo .

Kufic adjective See Cufic .

Kukang noun (Zoology) [ Native name.] The slow lemur. See Lemur .

Kuklux noun The name adopted in the southern part of the United States by a secret political organization, active for several years after the close of the Civil War, and having for its aim the repression of the political power of the freedmen; -- called also Kuklux Klan .

Kulan noun (Zoology) See Koulan .

Kulturkampf noun [ G., from kultur , cultur , culture + kampf fight.] (Ger. Hist.) Lit., culture war; -- a name, originating with Virchow (1821 -- 1902), given to a struggle between the the Roman Catholic Church and the German government, chiefly over the latter's efforts to control educational and ecclesiastical appointments in the interest of the political policy of centralization. The struggle began with the passage by the Prussian Diet in May, 1873, of the so-called May laws , or Falk laws , aiming at the regulation of the clergy. Opposition eventually compelled the government to change its policy, and from 1880 to 1887 laws virtually nullifying the May laws were enacted.

Kumish, Kumiss noun See Koumiss .

Kummel noun [ German kümmel cumin, caraway seed, Latin cuminum . Confer Cumin .] A Russian and German liqueur, consisting of a sweetened spirit flavored with caraway seeds.

Kumquat noun [ Chin. kin keu .] (Botany) A small tree of the genus Citrus ( C. Japonica ) growing in China and Japan; also, its small acid, orange-colored fruit used for preserves.

Kupfernickel noun [ G. See Copper , and Nickel .] (Min.) Copper-nickel; niccolite. See Niccolite .

Kurd noun A native or inhabitant of a mountainous region of Western Asia belonging to the Turkish and Persian monarchies. [ Written also Koord .]

Kurdish adjective Of or pertaining to the Kurds. [ Written also Koordish .]

Kurilian adjective Of or pertaining to the Kurile Islands, a chain of islands in the Pacific ocean, extending from the southern extremity of Kamschatka to Yesso. -- noun A native or an inhabitant of the Kurile Islands. [ Written also Koorilian .]

Kuro-Siwo noun [ Jap. kuroshio ; kuro black + shio tide.] See Japan Current , above.

Kursaal noun [ G.] A public hall or room, for the use of visitors at watering places and health resorts in Germany.

Kusimanse noun (Zoology) A carnivorous animal ( Crossarchus obscurus ) of tropical Africa. It its allied to the civets. Called also kusimansel , and mangue .

Kuskus [ Persian & Hind. khaskhas .] (Botany) See Vetiver .

Kussier noun (Mus.) A Turkish instrument of music, with a hollow body covered with skin, over which five strings are stretched. [ Written also kussir .]

Kutauss noun (Zoology) The India civet ( Viverra zibetha ).

Kutch noun (Goldbeating) The packet of vellum leaves in which the gold is first beaten into thin sheets.

Kutch noun See Catechu .

Ky noun plural Kine. [ Scot.] See Kee , Kie , and Kine .

Kyaboca wood (Botany) (a) Amboyna wood. (b) Sandalwood ( Santalum album ).

Kyack noun A pack sack to be swung on either side of a packsaddle. [ Western U. S.]

Kyanite noun See Cyanite .

Kyanize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kyanized ; present participle & verbal noun Kyanizing .] [ From Mr. Kyan , the inventor of the process.] To render (wood) proof against decay by saturating with a solution of corrosive sublimate in open tanks, or under pressure.

Kyanol noun [ See Cyanite .] (Chemistry) (a) Aniline. [ Obsolete] (b) A base obtained from coal tar. Ure.

Kyanophyll noun (Botany) Same as Cyanophyll .

Kyar noun Cocoanut fiber, or the cordage made from it. See Coir .

Kyaw noun (Zoology) A daw. [ Scot.]

Kyd past participle of Kythe .

Kydde imperfect of Kythe , to show. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

» Spenser erroneously uses kydst to mean "knowest."

Kyke intransitive verb [ See 1st Kike .] To look steadfastly; to gaze. [ Obsolete] [ Written also kike , keke .]

This Nicholas sat ever gaping upright,
As he had kyked on the newe moon.
Chaucer.

Kyley noun A variety of the boomerang.

Kyloes noun plural The cattle of the Hebrides, or of the Highlands. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

Kymnel noun See Kimnel . [ Obsolete] Chapman.

Kymograph noun [ Greek ... wave + -graph .] (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring, and recording graphically, the pressure of the blood in any of the blood vessels of a living animal; -- called also kymographion .

Kymographic adjective (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to a kymograph; as, a kymographic tracing.

Kymric adjective & noun See Cymric , adjective & noun

Kymry noun See Cymry .

Kynrede noun Kindred. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kynurenic adjective [ Greek ..., ..., dog + ... urine.] (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from the urine of dogs. By decomposition the acid yields a nitrogenous base (called kynurin ) and carbonic acid. [ Written also cynurenic .]

Kyrie noun See Kyrie eleison .

Kyrie eleison [ Greek ky`rie 'elei^son .]


1. (R. C. Ch.) Greek words, meaning "Lord, have mercy upon us," used in the Mass, the breviary offices, the litany of the saints, etc. Addis & Arnold.

2. The name given to the response to the Commandments, in the service of the Church of England and of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Kyrielle noun [ Confer French kyrielle .] A litany beginning with the words, "Kyrie eleison." Shipley.

Kyriolexy, Kyriology noun [ Greek ..., .... See Curiologic .] The use of literal or simple expressions, as distinguished from the use of figurative or obscure ones. Krauth-Fleming.

Kyriological adjective [ See Curiologic .] Serving to denote objects by conventional signs or alphabetical characters; as, the original Greek alphabet of sixteen letters was called kyriologic , because it represented the pure elementary sounds. See Curiologic . [ Written also curiologic and kuriologic .]

» The term is also applied, as by Warburton, to those Egyptian hieroglyphics, in which a part is put conventionally for the whole, as in depicting a battle by two hands, one holding a shield and the other a bow.