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a stucco used in ancient times, made from powdered marble and lime mortar and often polished.


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    noun a variety of German silver consisting of nickel, copper, and zinc

  • Albategnius

    Latin name of . Historical Examples This improvement was due to the famous Albategnius, whose work in other fields we shall examine in a moment. A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5) Henry Smith Williams Albategnius was a student of the Ptolemaic astronomy, but he was also a practical observer. A History of Science, Volume […]

  • Albatross

    any of several large, web-footed sea birds of the family Diomedeidae that have the ability to remain aloft for long periods. Compare . a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility. something burdensome that impedes action or progress. Textiles. a lightweight worsted fabric with a crepe or pebble finish. a plain-weave […]

  • Albatross around one’s neck

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