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Definition: Guara alba
, n. [L. ibis, Gr. ?; of Egyptian origin.]
Any bird of the genus Ibis
and several allied genera, of
the family Ibid[ae]
, inhabiting both the Old World and the
New. Numerous species are known. They are large, wading
birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on
Note: The sacred ibis of the ancient Egyptians (Ibis [AE]thiopica
) has the head and neck black, without
feathers. The plumage of the body and wings is white,
except the tertiaries, which are lengthened and form a
dark purple plume. In ancient times this bird was
extensively domesticated in Egypt, but it is now seldom
seen so far north. The glossy ibis (Plegadis autumnalis
), which is widely distributed both in the
Old World and the New, has the head and neck feathered,
except between the eyes and bill; the scarlet ibis
) and the white ibis (Guara alba
inhabit the West Indies and South America, and are
rarely found in the United States. The wood ibis
) of America belongs to the Stork
). See Wood ibis
(hw[imac]t), a. [Compar. Whiter
(hw[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Whitest
.] [OE. whit, AS.
hw[imac]t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss,
OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid,
Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ. sviet'
light, Skr. [,c]v[=e]ta white, [,c]vit to be bright.
[root]42. Cf. Wheat
1. Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum
combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or
their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; --
the opposite of black
; as, white paper; a
white skin. “Pearls white.”
White as the whitest lily on a stream. --Longfellow.
2. Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of
blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear.
Or whispering with white lips, “The foe!
They come! they come!”
3. Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or
from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.
White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear. --Dryden.
No whiter page than Addison's remains. --Pope.
4. Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.
Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head
So old and white as this. --Shak.
5. Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the
like; fortunate; happy; favorable.
On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as
one of the white days of his life. --Sir W.
6. Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.
Come forth, my white spouse. --Chaucer.
I am his white boy, and will not be gullet. --Ford.
Note: White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as
white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed.
. (Bot.) See Sweet pepper bush
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of social
pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus Termes
insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form
large and complex communities consisting of numerous
asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed
asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens
(or fertile females) often having the body enormously
distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous
winged males, together with the larv[ae] and pup[ae] of
each kind in various stages of development. Many of the
species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes
in the form of domelike structures rising several feet
above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean
galleries and chambers. In their social habits they
closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and
vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber,
and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture.
(Chem.), arsenious oxide, As2O3
substance of a white color, and vitreous adamantine
luster, having an astringent, sweetish taste. It is a
(Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water North American bass
) found in the Great Likes.
(Zo["o]l.), the polar bear. See under Polar
White blood cell
. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte
(Zo["o]l.), the snow goose.
, a white alloy of copper; white copper.
(a) A kind of catchfly (Silene stellata
) with white
(b) A white-flowered Lychnis (Lychnis vespertina
(R. C. Ch.), a Premonstratensian.
, the members of a secret organization in various
of the United States, who attempt to drive away or reform
obnoxious persons by lynch-law methods. They appear masked
in white. Their actions resembled those of the Ku Klux
Klan in some ways but they were not formally affiliated
with the Klan, and their victims were often not black.
(Bot.), an evergreen tree of North America
), also the related Cupressus thyoides
, or Cham[ae]cyparis sph[ae]roidea
, a slender
evergreen conifer which grows in the so-called cedar
swamps of the Northern and Atlantic States. Both are much
valued for their durable timber. In California the name is
given to the Libocedrus decurrens
, the timber of which
is also useful, though often subject to dry rot.
--Goodale. The white cedar of Demerara, Guiana, etc., is a
lofty tree (Icica altissima
syn. Bursera altissima
whose fragrant wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as
it is not attacked by insect.
. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte
(Bot.), a species of small perennial clover
bearing white flowers. It furnishes excellent food for
cattle and horses, as well as for the honeybee. See also
, a whitish alloy of copper. See German silver
, under German
(Min.), a native hydrous sulphate of iron;
(Zo["o]l.), an ornamental branched coral
) native of the Mediterranean.
. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte
(Zo["o]l.), the tree cricket.
, a crop of grain which loses its green color, or
becomes white, in ripening, as wheat, rye, barley, and
oats, as distinguished from a green crop, or a root crop.
(Bot.), a variety of the common red currant,
having white berries.
(Bot.), the oxeye daisy. See under Daisy
, a kind of poisonous gas encountered in coal
(a) a whitish, or albino, variety of the Asiatic elephant.
(b) see white elephant
in the vocabulary.
(Bot.), a majestic tree of North America (Ulmus Americana
), the timber of which is much used for hubs of
wheels, and for other purposes.
. See Saint George's ensign
, under Saint
, a mark or symbol of cowardice. See To show the white feather
, under Feather
(Bot.), a name given to several coniferous trees
of the Pacific States, as Abies grandis
, and Abies concolor
(Zo["o]l.), the ruffed grouse. See under
. See Hoarfrost
(Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan.
(Bot.), an American grass (Leersia Virginica
with greenish-white pale[ae].
(a) The white ptarmigan.
(b) The prairie chicken. [Local, U. S.]
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the June bug and other
allied species. These grubs eat the roots of grasses and
other plants, and often do much damage.
(Zo["o]l.), the squirrel hake. See under
, or White kite
(Zo["o]l.), the hen harrier.
, the temperature at which bodies become
incandescent, and appear white from the bright light which
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Veratrum
) See Hellebore
, a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as
distinguished from a red, or cured, herring. [R.] --Shak.
(Zo["o]l.), the barn owl. [Prov. Eng.]
(Naut.), white-topped waves; whitecaps.
The White House
. See under House
(Zo["o]l.), an American ibis (Guara alba
having the plumage pure white, except the tips of the
wings, which are black. It inhabits tropical America and
the Southern United States. Called also Spanish curlew
(a) Thin sheets of iron coated with tin; tinned iron.
(b) A hard, silvery-white cast iron containing a large
proportion of combined carbon.
White iron pyrites
, a tough clayey soil, of a whitish hue when dry,
but blackish after rain. [Eng.]
(Zo["o]l.), the snow bunting.
(a) A carbonate of lead much used in painting, and for
other purposes; ceruse.
(b) (Min.) Native lead carbonate; cerusite.
, buff leather; leather tanned with alum and
(Med.), milk leg. See under Milk
(Bot.), rattlesnake root. See under
. See under Lie
(a) (Physics) Light having the different colors in the
same proportion as in the light coming directly from
the sun, without having been decomposed, as by passing
through a prism. See the Note under Color
, n., 1.
(b) A kind of firework which gives a brilliant white
illumination for signals, etc.
, a solution or preparation of lime for
(Print.), a void space of the breadth of a line,
on a printed page; a blank line.
(a) Any light-colored flesh, especially of poultry.
(b) Food made from milk or eggs, as butter, cheese, etc.
Driving their cattle continually with them, and
feeding only upon their milk and white meats.
(Zo["o]l.), the smew.
(a) Any one of several white alloys, as pewter, britannia,
(b) (Metal.) A fine grade of copper sulphide obtained at a
certain stage in copper smelting.
(a) The common clothes moth.
(b) A common American bombycid moth (Spilosoma Virginica
) which is pure white with a few small black
spots; -- called also ermine moth
, and virgin moth
. See Woolly bear
, under Woolly
, silver money.
(Zo["o]l.), the albino variety of the common
(Zo["o]l.), a silvery mullet (Mugil curema
ranging from the coast of the United States to Brazil; --
called also blue-back mullet
, and liza
(Zo["o]l.), the smew; -- so called from the white
crest and the band of black feathers on the back of its
head, which give the appearance of a hood.
. (Bot.) See under Oak
(a) The snowy owl.
(b) The barn owl.
(Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan.
(a) A North American fresh-water bass (Morone Americana
valued as a food fish.
(b) The croaker, or fresh-water drum.
(c) Any California surf fish.
. (Bot.) See the Note under Pine
(Bot.), a European tree (Populus alba
cultivated as a shade tree in America; abele.
(Bot.), the opium-yielding poppy. See Poppy
, a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to
exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise.
A pistol charged with white powder. --Beau. & Fl.
. (Old Chem.) See under Precipitate
(a) The American northern hare in its winter pelage.
(b) An albino rabbit.
(a) (Eng. Law) Formerly, rent payable in silver; --
opposed to black rent. See Blackmail
, n., 3.
(b) A rent, or duty, of eight pence, payable yearly by
every tinner in Devon and Cornwall to the Duke of
Cornwall, as lord of the soil. [Prov. Eng.]
(a) The one-horned, or Indian, rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Indicus
). See Rhinoceros
(b) The umhofo.
, the distinctive badge of certain
organizations for the promotion of temperance or of moral
purity; as, the White-ribbon Army.
(Naut.), untarred hemp rope.
(a) Either of several plants, as marsh pennywort and
butterwort, which were thought to produce the disease
called rot in sheep.
(b) A disease of grapes. See White rot
, under Rot
(Bot.), a white, woolly undershrub (Eurotia lanata
) of Western North America; -- called also winter fat
(Zo["o]l.), the silver salmon.
, salt dried and calcined; decrepitated salt.
(Zo["o]l.), a scale insect (Aspidiotus Nerii
injurious to the orange tree. See Orange scale
(Zo["o]l.), a species of man-eating shark. See
. (Med.) See Softening of the brain
. (Bot.) See Spruce
, n., 1.
(Naut.), a sudden gust of wind, or furious
blow, which comes up without being marked in its approach
otherwise than by whitecaps, or white, broken water, on
the surface of the sea.
, the badge of the lord high treasurer of
(Zo["o]l.), the common European stork.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Shovelnose
(a) The common sucker.
(b) The common red horse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum
(Med.), a chronic swelling of the knee,
produced by a strumous inflammation of the synovial
membranes of the kneejoint and of the cancellar texture of
the end of the bone forming the kneejoint; -- applied also
to a lingering chronic swelling of almost any kind.
. See Tombac
(Zo["o]l.), the white weakfish, or silver
squeteague (Cynoscion nothus
), of the Southern United
(Chem.), hydrous sulphate of zinc. See White vitriol
, under Vitriol
(Zo["o]l.), the common, or pied, wagtail.
, beeswax rendered white by bleaching.
(Zo["o]l.), the beluga.
(Zo["o]l.), the smew.
. any wine of a clear, transparent color,
bordering on white, as Madeira, sherry, Lisbon, etc.; --
distinguished from wines of a deep red color, as port and
Burgundy. “White wine of Lepe.”
, a witch or wizard whose supernatural powers
are supposed to be exercised for good and beneficent
purposes. --Addison. --Cotton Mather.
(a) A light-colored wolf (Canis laniger
) native of
Thibet; -- called also chanco
, golden wolf
(b) The albino variety of the gray wolf.
(Zo["o]l.), the willow warbler; -- so called
from the color of the under parts.