Armada, Spanish [(ahr-mah-duh)]
A fleet of more than a hundred ships sent by King Philip II of Spain to conquer England in 1588. Although called the “Invincible Armada,” it was destroyed by a combination of English seamanship, Dutch reinforcements, and bad weather. Several thousand Spaniards were killed, and about half the Spanish ships were lost.
Note: The defeat of the Armada was a sharp blow to the influence and prestige of Spain in the world and was an important step in England’s ascent to power.
any of several burrowing, chiefly nocturnal mammals constituting the family Dasypodidae, ranging from the southern U.S. through South America, having strong claws and a jointed protective covering of bony plates: used in certain areas for food. Contemporary Examples How Alexander McQueen’s “armadillo boots” charmed Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, and Barbie. Best Shoes Ever Rebecca Dana […]
the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Rev. 16:16). the last and completely destructive battle: The arms race can lead to Armageddon. any great and crucial conflict. Contemporary Examples Now Schwarzenegger has reached Armageddon again—a budget […]
a county in S Northern Ireland. 489 sq. mi. (1267 sq. km). County seat: Armagh. an administrative district in this county. 261 sq. mi. (676 sq. km). Historical Examples You gave read of that remarkable man, Mr. Usher, who was Archbishop of Armagh. The Pearl Box A Pastor And so it happens that the inhabitants […]
a dry brandy distilled in the district of Armagnac in SW France. Contemporary Examples Armagnac, that underappreciated and fiery Gascon brandy, has a long history. Armagnac History and How to Choose the Best Brandy David Lincoln Ross February 25, 2011 But unlike Cognac, regulations in Armagnac permit producers to declare and age a so-called vintage-dated […]