Found 2 items, similar to y.
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n 1: a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth
minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys [syn: yttrium
atomic number 39
2: the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet
English → English
(w[imac]), n.; pl. Y's
(w[imac]z) or Ys
Something shaped like the letter Y; a forked piece resembling
in form the letter Y. Specifically:
(a) One of the forked holders for supporting the telescope of
a leveling instrument, or the axis of a theodolite; a
(b) A forked or bifurcated pipe fitting.
(c) (Railroads) A portion of track consisting of two
diverging tracks connected by a cross track.
(Surv.), an instrument for measuring differences of
level by means of a telescope resting in Y's.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsome European noctuid moth Plusia gamma
) which has a bright, silvery mark, shaped like the
letter Y, on each of the fore wings. Its larva, which is
green with five dorsal white species, feeds on the
cabbage, turnip, bean, etc. Called also gamma moth
Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the
beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see
Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and
usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a
vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 145, 178-9,
Note: It derives its form from the Latin Y, which is from the
Greek [Upsilon], originally the same letter as V.
Etymologically, it is most nearly related to u, i, o,
and j. g; as in full, fill, AS. fyllan; E. crypt,
grotto; young, juvenile; day, AS. d[ae]g. See U
Note: Y has been called the Pythagorean letter, because the
Greek letter [Upsilon] was taken represent the sacred
triad, formed by the duad proceeding from the monad;
and also because it represents the dividing of the
paths of vice and virtue in the development of human
I. [Obs.] --King Horn. Wyclif.