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Definition: Filaria Medinensis
1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for
its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea
fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named.
2. A gold coin of England current for twenty-one shillings
sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the
issue of sovereigns in 1817.
The guinea, so called from the Guinea gold out of
was first struck, was proclaimed in 1663, and to go
for twenty shillings; but it never went for less
than twenty-one shillings. --Pinkerton.
. (Bot.) See Durra
(Geog.), a current in the Atlantic Ocean
setting southwardly into the Bay of Benin on the coast of
one who cheats by dropping counterfeit
guineas. [Obs.] --Gay.
, Guinea hen
(Zo["o]l.), an African
gallinaceous bird, of the genus Numida
, allied to the
pheasants. The common domesticated species (Numida meleagris
), has a colored fleshy horn on each aide of the
head, and is of a dark gray color, variegated with small
white spots. The crested Guinea fowl (Numida cristata
is a finer species.
(Bot.), grains of Paradise, or amomum. See
(Bot.), a tall strong forage grass (Panicum jumentorum
) introduced. from Africa into the West Indies
and Southern United States.
(Bot.), a liliaceous flower (Fritillaria Meleagris
) with petals spotted like the feathers of the
. See under Peach
(Bot.), the pods of the Xylopia aromatica
a tree of the order Anonace[ae]
, found in tropical West
Africa. They are also sold under the name of Piper [AE]thiopicum
(Bot.), the fruit of Parinarium excelsum
large West African tree of the order Chrysobalane[ae]
having a scarcely edible fruit somewhat resembling a plum,
which is also called gray plum
and rough-skin plum
(Zo["o]l.), a long and slender African nematoid
worm (Filaria Medinensis
) of a white color. It lives in
the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces