Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Keratogenous adjective [ Greek ke`ras , -atos , horn + -genous .] Producing horn; as, the keratogenous membrane within the horny hoof of the horse.
Keratoidea noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras
, horn + -oid
.] (Zoology) Same as Keratosa .
Keratome noun [ Greek ke`ras , horn + ... to cut.] (Surg.) An instrument for dividing the cornea in operations for cataract.
Keratonyxis noun [ Greek ke`ras , -atos , horn + ... puncture.] (Medicine) The operation of removing a cataract by thrusting a needle through the cornea of the eye, and breaking up the opaque mass.
Keratophyte noun [ Greek ke`ras , -atos , a horn + ... a plant.] (Zoology) A gorgonian coral having a horny axis.
Keratosa noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras , -atos , a horn.] (Zoology) An order of sponges having a skeleton composed of hornlike fibers. It includes the commercial sponges.
Keratose noun [ Greek ke`ras , -atos , horn.] (Physiol. Chem.) A tough, horny animal substance entering into the composition of the skeleton of sponges, and other invertebrates; -- called also keratode .
Keratose adjective (Zoology) Containing hornlike fibers or fibers of keratose; belonging to the Keratosa.
Keraunograph noun [ Greek ... thunderbolt + graph .] A figure or picture impressed by lightning upon the human body or elsewhere. -- Ker`au*nog"ra*phy noun
Kercher noun A kerchief.
He became . . . white as a kercher . Sir T. North.
Kerchered adjective Covered, or bound round, with a kercher. [ Obsolete] G. Fletcher.
; plural Kerchiefs
. [ Middle English coverchef
, Old French cuevrechief
, French couvrechef
, a head covering, from couvrir
to cover + Old French chief
head, French chef
. See Cover
, and confer Curfew
.] 1. A square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; -- mostly used in compounds; as, nec kerchief ; breast kerchief ; and later, hand kerchief .
He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief , and so escape. Shak.
Her black hair strained away Mrs. Browning. 2. A lady who wears a kerchief. Dryden.
To a scarlet kerchief caught beneath her chin.
Kerchiefed, Kerchieft adjective Dressed; hooded; covered; wearing a kerchief. Milton.
[ Anglo-Saxon cyrf
a cutting off, from ceorfan
to cut, carve. See Carve
.] A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing.
Kerite noun [ Greek ke`ras , horn.] A compound in which tar or asphaltum combined with animal or vegetable oils is vulcanized by sulphur, the product closely resembling rubber; -- used principally as an insulating material in telegraphy. Knight.
[ Arabic & Persian girmiz
. See Crimson
, and confer Alkermes
.] 1. (Zoology) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect ( Coccus ilicis ), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near the Mediterranean. They are round, about the size of a pea, contain coloring matter analogous to carmine, and are used in dyeing. They were anciently thought to be of a vegetable nature, and were used in medicine.
[ Written also chermes
.] 2. (Botany) A small European evergreen oak ( Quercus coccifera ) on which the kermes insect ( Coccus ilicis ) feeds. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). Kermes mineral
. (a) (Old Chem.) An artificial amorphous trisulphide of antimony; -- so called on account of its red color
. (b) (Med. Chem.) A compound of the trioxide and trisulphide of antimony, used in medicine. This substance occurs in nature as the mineral kermesite .
Kermes noun (Zoology) [ New Latin ] A genus of scale insects including many species that feed on oaks. The adult female resembles a small gall.
[ French] See Kirmess .
[ Ir. ceatharnach
. ] 1. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from gallowglass , and often used as a term of contempt. Macaulay.
Now for our Irish wars; Shak. 2. Any kind of boor or low-lived person.
We must supplant those rough, rug-headed kerns .
[ Obsolete] Blount. 3. (O. Eng. Law) An idler; a vagabond. Wharton.
Kern noun (Type Founding) A part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank.
Kern transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Kerned
; present participle & verbal noun Kerning
. ] (Type Founding) To form with a kern. See 2d Kern .
[ See Churn
. ] A churn.
[ Prov. Eng.]
[ Anglo-Saxon cweorn
. See Quern
. ] A hand mill. See Quern . Johnson.
Kern intransitive verb
[ Confer German kern
kernel, grain; akin to English corn
. See Corn
. ] 1. To harden, as corn in ripening.
[ Obsolete] Carew. 2. To take the form of kernels; to granulate.
It is observed that rain makes the salt kern . Dampier.
Kern noun [ Written also kirn .] [ Confer D. & German kern kernal, English kern to harden, kernel .] [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
1. Kernel; corn; grain. 2. The last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest. 3. The harvest-home.
Kern baby A doll or image decorated with corn (grain) flowers, etc., carried in the festivals of a kern, or harvest- home. Called also harvest queen .
Kerned adjective (Print.) Having part of the face projecting beyond the body or shank; -- said of type. "In Roman, f and j are the only kerned letters." MacKellar.
[ Middle English kernel
, Anglo-Saxon cyrnel
, from corn
grain. See Corn
, and confer Kern
to harden.] 1. The essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or integument; as, the kernel of a nut. See Illust. of Endocarp .
' A were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel Shak. 2. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn. 3. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh. 4. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
Kernel intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Kerneled
; present participle & verbal noun Kerneling
.] To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.
Kerneled, Kernelled adjective Having a kernel.
Kernelly adjective Full of kernels; resembling kernels; of the nature of kernels. Holland.
[ From Kern
a boor.] Clownish; boorish.
[ Obsolete] "A petty kernish
Kerosene noun [ Greek ... wax.] An oil used for illuminating purposes, formerly obtained from the distillation of mineral wax, bituminous shale, etc., and hence called also coal oil . It is now produced in immense quantities, chiefly by the distillation and purification of petroleum. It consists chiefly of several hydrocarbons of the methane series.
Kers, Kerse noun A cress.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Not worth a kers
. See under Cress .
; plural Kerseys
. [ Prob. from the town of Kersey
in Suffolk, Eng.] A kind of coarse, woolen cloth, usually ribbed, woven from wool of long staple.
[ For cassimere
, confounded with kersey
.] See Cassimere .
Kerseys noun plural Varieties of kersey; also, trousers made of kersey.
Kerve transitive verb To carve. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Kerver noun A carver. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Kesar noun See Kaiser .
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Anglo-Saxon cēselib
, or cȳslyb
, milk curdled; confer German käselab
. See Cheese
, and confer Cheeselep
.] The stomach of a calf, prepared for rennet. Halliwell.
Kess transitive verb To kiss. [ Obsolete] Chaucer
Kest imperfect of Cast .
[ See Castrel
.] (Zoology) A small, slender European hawk ( Falco alaudarius ), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called windhover and stannel . The name is also applied to other allied species.
» This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. "Kites and kestrels
have a resemblance with hawks." Bacon.