a large primitive marine cetacean (Basilosaurus cetoides) of the Eocene epoch, with a long serpentlike body, distinctive teeth, and hind limbs
Basilosaurus skeletons are very well preserved and quite common in some places in Egypt and the USA, showing that they grew up to about 18m long.
Latin basileus ‘king’ + -sauros ‘lizard’
The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of basilosaurus.
Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
- Basin range
a mountain range of the type found in the Great Basin region of the western U.S., typically long and narrow and characterized by faulted, tilted blocks of strata.
a circular container with a greater width than depth, becoming smaller toward the bottom, used chiefly to hold water or other liquid, especially for washing. any container of similar shape, as the pan of a balance. the quantity held by such a container: We need another basin of water to dilute the mixture. a natural […]
a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière. Compare great basinet. a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap. Historical Examples But in the latter half of the 13th century the basinet was developed into a complete war […]
the bottom support of anything; that on which a thing stands or rests: a metal base for the table. a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation; basis: the base of needed reforms. the bottom layer or coating, as of makeup or paint. Architecture. the distinctively treated portion of a column or pier below the shaft or […]