Rhamnaceous Rham·na"ceous adjective (Botany) Of or pertaining to a natural order of shrubs and trees ( Rhamnaceæ , or Rhamneæ ) of which the buckthorn ( Rhamnus ) is the type. It includes also the New Jersey tea, the supple-jack, and one of the plants called lotus ( Zizyphus ).
Rhamnus Rham"nus noun [ New Latin , from Greek "ra`mnos a kind of prickly shrub; confer Latin rhamnos .] (Botany) A genus of shrubs and small trees; buckthorn. The California Rhamnus Purshianus and the European R. catharticus are used in medicine. The latter is used for hedges.
Rhamphorhynchus Rham`pho·rhyn"chus noun [ New Latin , from Greek "ra`mfos a beak + ............ snout.] (Paleon.) A genus of pterodactyls in which the elongated tail supported a leathery expansion at the tip.
Rhamphotheca Rham`pho·the"ca noun
; plural Rhamphothecæ
. [ New Latin , from Gr "ra`mnos
a beak + ...... a case.] (Zoology) The horny covering of the bill of birds.
Rhaphe Rha"phe noun [ New Latin , from Greek ......... seam, from ......... to sew. ] (Botany) The continuation of the seed stalk along the side of an anatropous ovule or seed, forming a ridge or seam. [ Written also raphe .] Gray.
Rhaphides Rhaph"i·des noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ........., ........., a needle, French raphides .] (Botany) Minute transparent, often needle-shaped, crystals found in the tissues of plants. [ Written also raphides .]
Rhaponticine Rha·pon"ti·cine noun [ Latin rhaponticum rhubarb. See Rhubarb .] (Chemistry) Chrysophanic acid.
Rhapsode Rhap"sode (răp"sōd) noun [ Greek "rapsw,do`s . See Rhapsody .] (Gr. Antiq.) A rhapsodist. [ R.] Grote.
Rhapsoder Rhap"so·der noun A rhapsodist. [ Obsolete]
Rhapsodic, Rhapsodic Rhap·sod"ic, Rhap·sod"ic adjective [ Greek "rapsw,diko`s : confer French rhapsodique .] Of or pertaining to rhapsody; consisting of rhapsody; hence, confused; unconnected. -- Rhap*sod"ic*al*ly , adverb
Rhapsodist Rhap"so·dist noun
[ From Rhapsody
.] 1. Anciently, one who recited or composed a rhapsody; especially, one whose profession was to recite the verses of Hormer and other epic poets. 2. Hence, one who recites or sings poems for a livelihood; one who makes and repeats verses extempore.
The same populace sit for hours listening to rhapsodists who recite Ariosto. Carlyle. 3. One who writes or speaks disconnectedly and with great excitement or affectation of feeling. I. Watts.
Rhapsodize Rhap"so·dize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rhapsodized ; present participle & verbal noun Rhapsodizing .] To utter as a rhapsody, or in the manner of a rhapsody Sterne.
Rhapsodize Rhap"so·dize intransitive verb To utter rhapsodies. Jefferson.
Rhapsodomancy Rhap"so·do·man`cy noun [ Rhapsody + -mancy .] Divination by means of verses.
Rhapsody Rhap"so·dy noun
; plural Rhapsodies
. [ French rhapsodie
, Latin rhapsodia
, Greek "rapsw,di`a
, from "rapsw,do`s
a rhapsodist; "ra`ptein
to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh`
a song. See Ode
.] 1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book . 2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition.
of words." Shak.
of tales." Locke. 3. (Mus.) A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies ."
Rhatany, Rhatanhy Rhat"a·ny, Rhat"an·hy noun [ Spanish ratania , rataña , Peruv. rataña .] The powerfully astringent root of a half- shrubby Peruvian plant ( Krameria triandra ). It is used in medicine and to color port wine. [ Written also ratany .] Savanilla rhatany , the root of Krameria Ixina , a native of New Granada.
Rhea Rhe"a noun (Botany) The ramie or grass-cloth plant. See Grass-cloth plant , under Grass .
Rhea Rhe"a noun [ Latin , a proper name.] (Zoology) Any one of three species of large South American ostrichlike birds of the genera Rhea and Pterocnemia . Called also the American ostrich . » The common rhea, or nandou ( Rhea Americana ), ranges from Brazil to Patagonia. Darwin's rhea ( Pterocnemia Darwinii ), of Patagonia, is smaller, and has the legs feathered below the knee.
Rheeboc Rhee"boc noun [ Dutch reebok roebuck.] (Zoology) The peele. [ Written also reebok .]
Rheic Rhe"ic adjective [ New Latin Rheum rhubarb, Greek ......... See Rhubarb .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid (commonly called chrysophanic acid) found in rhubarb ( Rheum ). [ Obsoles.]
Rhein Rhe"in noun (Chemistry) Chrysophanic acid.
Rheinberry Rhein"ber·ry noun [ German rheinbeere .] (Botany) One of the berries or drupes of the European buckthorn; also, the buckthorn itself.
Rhematic Rhe·mat"ic adjective [ Greek ............ of or for a verb, from ........., ........., a sentence. See Rhetoric .] (Gram.) Having a verb for its base; derived from a verb; as, rhematic adjectives. Ftzed. Hall.
Rhematic Rhe·mat"ic noun The doctrine of propositions or sentences. Coleridge.
Rhemish Rhemish adjective Of or pertaining to Rheimis, or Reima, in France. Rhemish Testament , the English version of the New Testament used by Roman Catholics. See Douay Bible .
Rhenish Rhen"ish adjective [ Latin Rhenus the Rhine. ] Of or pertaining to the river Rhine; as, Rhenish wine. -- noun Rhine wine.
Rheochord Rhe"o·chord noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + ......... chord.] (Electricity) A metallic wire used for regulating the resistance of a circuit, or varying the strength of an electric current, by inserting a greater or less length of it in the circuit.
Rheocrat Rhe"o·crat noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + kratei^n to rule.] (Electricity) A kind of motor speed controller permitting of very gradual variation in speed and of reverse. It is especially suitable for use with motor driven machine tools.
Rheometer Rhe·om"e·ter noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + -meter .] [ Written also reometer .] 1. (Physics) An instrument for measuring currents, especially the force or intensity of electrical currents; a galvanometer. 2. (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the velocity of the blood current in the arteries.
Rheometric Rhe`o·met"ric adjective Of or pertaining to a rheometer or rheometry. Lardner.
Rheometry Rhe·om"e·try noun 1. The measurement of the force or intensity of currents. 2. (Math.) The calculus; fluxions. [ R.]
Rheomotor Rhe"o·mo`tor noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + English motor .] (Electricity) Any apparatus by which an electrical current is originated. [ R.]
Rheophore Rhe"o·phore noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + ......... to carry.] (Electricity) (a) A connecting wire of an electric or voltaic apparatus, traversed by a current. (b) One of the poles of a voltaic battery; an electrode.
Rheoscope Rhe"o·scope noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + -scope .] (Physics) An instrument for detecting the presence or movement of currents, as of electricity.
Rheostat Rhe"o·stat noun [ Greek "rei^n + stato`s standing still.] (Electricity) A contrivance for adjusting or regulating the strength of electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation of resistance which can be varied at will. Wheatstone. -- Rhe`o*stat"ic adjective
Rheotome Rhe"o·tome (-tōm) noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + te`mnein to cut.] (Electricity) An instrument which periodically or otherwise interrupts an electric current. Wheatstone.
Rheotrope Rhe"o·trope noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + ......... to turn.] (Electricity) An instrument for reversing the direction of an electric current. [ Written also reotrope .]
Rhesus Rhe"sus noun [ Latin Rhesus , a proper name, Greek ..........] (Zoology) A monkey; the bhunder.
Rhetian Rhe"ti·an adjective [ Latin Rhaetius , Raetius : confer French rhétien .] Pertaining to the ancient Rhæti, or Rhætians, or to Rhætia, their country; as, the Rhetian Alps, now the country of Tyrol and the Grisons.
Rhetic Rhe"tic adjective (Min.) Same as Rhætic .
Rhetizite Rhe"ti·zite noun (Min.) Same as Rhætizite .
Rhetor Rhe"tor noun [ Latin , from Greek ..........] A rhetorician. [ Obsolete] Hammond.
Rhetoric Rhet"o·ric noun
[ French rhétorique
, Latin rhetorica
, Greek ............ (sc. .........), from ......... rhetorical, oratorical, from ......... orator, rhetorician; perhaps akin to English word
; confer ......... to say.] 1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose. 2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force. Locke. 3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling. 4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes. Daniel.
Rhetorical Rhe·tor"ic·al adjective
[ Latin rhetoricus
, Greek ............. See Rhetoric
.] Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.
They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense. M. Arnold.
Rhetoricate Rhe·tor"i·cate intransitive verb [ Latin rhetoricari . See Rhetoric .] To play the orator. [ Obsolete] South.
Rhetorication Rhe·tor`i·ca"tion noun [ Confer French rhétorication .] Rhetorical amplification. [ Obsolete] Waterland.
Rhetorician Rhet`o·ri"cian noun
[ Confer French rhétoricien
.] 1. One well versed in the rules and principles of rhetoric.
The understanding is that by which a man becomes a mere logician and a mere rhetorician . F. W. Robertson. 2. A teacher of rhetoric.
The ancient sophists and rhetoricians , which ever had young auditors, lived till they were an hundred years old. Bacon. 3. An orator; specifically, an artificial orator without genuine eloquence; a declaimer. Macaulay.
Rhetorician Rhet`o·ri"cian adjective Suitable to a master of rhetoric. "With rhetorician pride." Blackmore.
Rhetorize Rhet"o·rize (rĕt"o*rīz) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rhetorized (- rīzd); present participle & verbal noun Rhetorizing (- rī`zĭng).] To play the orator. Colgrave.
Rhetorize Rhet"o·rize transitive verb To represent by a figure of rhetoric, or by personification. Milton.