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

    albatross around one’s neck An annoying burden: “That old car is an albatross around my neck.” Literally, an albatross is a large sea bird. The phrase alludes to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” in which a sailor who shoots a friendly albatross is forced to wear its carcass around his […]

  • Albay

    former name of . Historical Examples Near the volcano of Mayon are the sulphur springs of Albay, noted for their wonderful medicinal properties. The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala Albay Province is still the leading hemp district in the Islands. The Philippine Islands John Foreman The troubles in Albay ended with the surrender of Ola […]

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