Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Rhamnaceous 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 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 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.
; plural Rhamphothecæ
. [ New Latin , from Gr "ra`mnos
a beak + ...... a case.] (Zoology) The horny covering of the bill of birds.
Rhaphe 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 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 .]
[ Latin rhaponticum
rhubarb. See Rhubarb
.] (Chemistry) Chrysophanic acid.
[ Greek "rapsw,do`s
. See Rhapsody
.] (Gr. Antiq.) A rhapsodist.
[ R.] Grote.
Rhapsoder noun A rhapsodist. [ Obsolete]
Rhapsodic, Rhapsodic 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
[ 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 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 intransitive verb To utter rhapsodies. Jefferson.
Rhapsodomancy noun [ Rhapsody + -mancy .] Divination by means of verses.
; 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 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 noun (Botany) The ramie or grass-cloth plant. See Grass-cloth plant , under Grass .
Rhea 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 noun [ Dutch reebok roebuck.] (Zoology) The peele. [ Written also reebok .]
[ New Latin Rheum
rhubarb, Greek ......... See Rhubarb
.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid (commonly called chrysophanic acid) found in rhubarb ( Rheum ).
Rhein noun (Chemistry) Chrysophanic acid.
Rheinberry noun [ German rheinbeere .] (Botany) One of the berries or drupes of the European buckthorn; also, the buckthorn itself.
[ 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 noun The doctrine of propositions or sentences. Coleridge.
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 adjective [ Latin Rhenus the Rhine. ] Of or pertaining to the river Rhine; as, Rhenish wine. -- noun Rhine wine.
Rheochord 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 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 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 adjective Of or pertaining to a rheometer or rheometry. Lardner.
1. The measurement of the force or intensity of currents. 2. (Math.) The calculus; fluxions. [ R.]
Rheomotor noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + English motor .] (Electricity) Any apparatus by which an electrical current is originated. [ R.]
Rheophore 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 noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + -scope .] (Physics) An instrument for detecting the presence or movement of currents, as of electricity.
Rheostat 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 (-tōm) noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + te`mnein to cut.] (Electricity) An instrument which periodically or otherwise interrupts an electric current. Wheatstone.
Rheotrope noun [ Greek "rei^n to flow + ......... to turn.] (Electricity) An instrument for reversing the direction of an electric current. [ Written also reotrope .]
Rhesus noun [ Latin Rhesus , a proper name, Greek ..........] (Zoology) A monkey; the bhunder.
Rhetian 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 adjective (Min.) Same as Rhætic .
Rhetor noun [ Latin , from Greek ..........] A rhetorician. [ Obsolete] Hammond.
[ 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.
[ 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 intransitive verb
[ Latin rhetoricari
. See Rhetoric
.] To play the orator.
[ Obsolete] South.
Rhetorication noun [ Confer French rhétorication .] Rhetorical amplification. [ Obsolete] Waterland.
Rheæ noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A suborder of struthious birds including the rheas.
[ Latin Rhaeticus
Rhetian.] (Geol.) Pertaining to, or of the same horizon as, certain Mesozoic strata of the Rhetian Alps. These strata are regarded as closing the Triassic period. See the Chart of Geology .
Rhætizite noun [ So called from Latin Rhaetia , Raetia , the Rhetian Alps, where it is found.] (Min.) A variety of the mineral cyanite.