a composite plant, Centaurea americana, of central U.S. to Mexico, having raylike heads of tubular rose-colored flowers, each surrounded by a whorl of bracts making the flower head appear as if it is set in a basket.
kingly; royal. Also, basilican, basilical. of, relating to, or like a basilica. Historical Examples Some hardness could here be felt in the course of the basilic vein. On the origin of inflammation of the veins Henry Lee The paving recalls the style of the basilic of the primitive times. Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes […]
of or relating to Saint Basil or to his monastic rule. a monk or nun following the rule of Saint Basil. Historical Examples It contains a number of relics of saints brought from the East by Basilian monks. Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare He also built a monastery in connection with the church, and […]
- Basket-handle arch
an arch having a symmetrical form drawn from an odd number of radii in excess of one, which increase in length from the springing toward the center.
- Basket hilt
the basketlike hilt of a sword, foil, etc., serving to cover and protect the hand. Historical Examples And just firmly enough and no more did my wrist twist and deflect his blade on my basket hilt. The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London A steel head-piece, a breastplate of the same sure metal, and a heavy […]