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Definition: Hordeum murinum
n : European annual grass often found as a weed in waste ground
especially along roadsides and hedgerows [syn: barley grass
, wall barley
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Definition: Hordeum murinum
(skw[~e]r"r[e^]l or skw[i^]r"-; 277), n.
[OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. ['e]cureuil, LL.
squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr.
si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine
, v. i.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
belonging to the genus Sciurus
and several allied genera
of the family Sciurid[ae]
. Squirrels generally have a
bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They
are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species
live in burrows.
Note: Among the common North American squirrels are the gray
squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis
) and its black
variety; the fox, or cat, squirrel (Sciurus cinereus
or Sciurus niger
) which is a large species, and
variable in color, the southern variety being
frequently black, while the northern and western
varieties are usually gray or rusty brown; the red
squirrel (see Chickaree
); the striped, or chipping,
squirrel (see Chipmunk
); and the California gray
squirrel (Sciurus fossor
). Several other species
inhabit Mexico and Central America. The common European
species (Sciurus vulgaris
) has a long tuft of hair on
each ear. The so-called Australian squirrels are
marsupials. See Petaurist
, and Phalanger
2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
with the large cylinder.
(Zo["o]l.), the prairie dog.
(Zo["o]l.), the striped gopher. See
(Zo["o]l.). See Flying squirrel
, in the
. (Zo["o]l.). See Jelerang
(Bot.), a North American herb (Dicentra Canadensis
) bearing little yellow tubers.
(Bot.), the blossom of the Hepatica triloba
a low perennial herb with cup-shaped flowers varying from
purplish blue to pink or even white. It is one of the
earliest flowers of spring.
(a) A sea bass (Serranus fascicularis
) of the Southern
(b) The sailor's choice (Diplodus rhomboides
(c) The redmouth, or grunt.
(d) A market fish of Bermuda (Holocentrum Ascensione
(Bot.), a pestiferous grass (Hordeum murinum
) related to barley. In California the stiffly
awned spikelets work into the wool of sheep, and into the
throat, flesh, and eyes of animals, sometimes even
(Zo["o]l.), a common American hake (Phycis tenuis
); -- called also white hake
(Zo["o]l.), any rough-legged hawk;
especially, the California species Archibuteo ferrugineus
(a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South
American monkeys of the genus Callithrix
. They are
noted for their graceful form and agility. See
(b) A marmoset.
(Zo["o]l.), a flying phalanger of
Australia. See Phalanger
, and Flying phalanger
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
East Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus
. They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy
tail, like that of a squirrel.
(Bot.), a grass (Hordeum jubatum
found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
dense spike beset with long awns.
, n. [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a
stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. ? a nail. Cf. Interval
1. A work or structure of stone, brick, or other materials,
raised to some height, and intended for defense or
security, solid and permanent inclosing fence, as around a
field, a park, a town, etc., also, one of the upright
inclosing parts of a building or a room.
The plaster of the wall of the King's palace. --Dan.
2. A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the
plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense.
The waters were a wall unto them on their right
hand, and on their left. --Ex. xiv. 22.
In such a night,
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Troyan walls. --Shak.
To rush undaunted to defend the walls. --Dryden.
3. An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls
of a steam-engine cylinder.
(a) The side of a level or drift.
(b) The country rock bounding a vein laterally. --Raymond.
Note: Wall is often used adjectively, and also in the
formation of compounds, usually of obvious
signification; as in wall paper, or wall-paper; wall
fruit, or wall-fruit; wallflower, etc.
, Blind wall, etc. See under Blank
To drive to the wall
, to bring to extremities; to push to
extremes; to get the advantage of, or mastery over.
To go to the wall
, to be hard pressed or driven; to be the
weaker party; to be pushed to extremes.
To take the wall
. to take the inner side of a walk, that
is, the side next the wall; hence, to take the precedence.
“I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.”
(Bot.), a kind of grass (Hordeum murinum
much resembling barley; squirrel grass. See under
. (Mach.) See Wall frame
(Zo["o]l.), a small bright-colored bird
) native of Asia and Southern Europe.
It climbs about over old walls and cliffs in search of
insects and spiders. Its body is ash-gray above, the wing
coverts are carmine-red, the primary quills are mostly red
at the base and black distally, some of them with white
spots, and the tail is blackish. Called also spider catcher
(Bot.), a name given to several low cruciferous
herbs, especially to the mouse-ear cress. See under
(Mach.), a frame set in a wall to receive a
pillow block or bearing for a shaft passing through the
wall; -- called also wall box
, fruit borne by trees trained against a wall.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World geckos which live in or about buildings and run over
the vertical surfaces of walls, to which they cling by
means of suckers on the feet.
(Zo["o]l.), a common European lizard (Lacerta muralis
) which frequents houses, and lives in the chinks
and crevices of walls; -- called also wall newt
, a wood louse.
(Bot.), any species of moss growing on walls.
(Zo["o]l.), the wall lizard. --Shak.
, paper for covering the walls of rooms; paper
(Bot.), a European plant (Parictaria officinalis
) growing on old walls, and formerly esteemed
(Bot.), a plant (Cotyledon Umbilicus
having rounded fleshy leaves. It is found on walls in
(Bot.), a low mosslike plant (Sedum acre
with small fleshy leaves having a pungent taste and
bearing yellow flowers. It is common on walls and rocks in
Europe, and is sometimes seen in America.
(Bot.), a kind of fern; wall rue.
, a gun planted on a wall. --H. L. Scott.
(Arch.), a piece of timber placed horizontally
upon a wall, and supporting posts, joists, and the like.
See Illust. of Roof
, granular limestone used in building walls. [U.
(Bot.), a species of small fern (Asplenium Ruta-muraria
) growing on walls, rocks, and the like.
, a spring of water issuing from stratified
, a tent with upright cloth sides corresponding to
the walls of a house.
(Zo["o]l.), a common European solitary wasp
) which makes its nest in the crevices