the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd’s crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd’s crook.
the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word.
the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city. the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon. Contemporary Examples Neolithic humans lived in the caves pocking its slopes, and by around 1400 BCE a fortified palace was built atop the acropolis. Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon […]
acropustulosis acropustulosis ac·ro·pus·tu·lo·sis (āk’rō-pŭs’tyə-lō’sĭs) n. Recurring pustular eruptions on the hands and feet.
an organelle covering the head of animal sperm and containing enzymes that digest the egg cell coating, thus permitting the sperm to enter the egg. Historical Examples The acrosome seems to develop directly out of the cytoplasm. Studies in Spermatogenesis Nettie Maria Stevens Spermatids containing both the chromatin nucleolus (n) and the odd chromosome (x), […]