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  • Ashʿariyyah (Islam)

    Ashʿariyyah, in Islam, school of theology supporting the use of reason and speculative theology (kalām) to defend the faith. Followers of the school, which was founded by Abū al-Ḥasan al-Ashʿarī in the 10th century, attempted to demonstrate the existence and nature of God (Allāh) through rational

  • Asi (people)

    history of Central Asia: Early eastern peoples: …Yuezhi confederacy, known as the Asi (Asiani), moved as far west as the Caucasus region, the remainder occupied the region between the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya before overrunning Bactria between 141 and 128 bce. After penetrating Sīstān and the Kābul River valley, they crossed the Indus and established…

  • Así en la paz como en la guerra (work by Cabrera Infante)

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante: …collection of short stories was Así en la paz como en la guerra (1960; “In Peace as in War”). But he acquired international renown with Tres tristes tigres (1964; Three Trapped Tigers), winner of the Bibliotheca Breve Prize given by the Spanish publisher Seix Barral. In the manner of James…

  • ʿĀṣī, Nahr al- (river, Asia)

    Orontes River, river in southwestern Asia, draining a large part of the northern Levant into the Mediterranean Sea. From its source in Al-Biqāʿ (Bekaa) Valley of central Lebanon, the river flows northward between the parallel ranges of the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountains into Syria, where it has

  • Asia (ancient Roman province)

    Asia, ancient Roman province, the first and westernmost Roman province in Asia Minor, stretching at its greatest extent from the Aegean coast in the west to a point beyond Philomelium (modern Akşehır) in the east and from the Sea of Marmara in the north to the strait between Rhodes and the mainland

  • Asia (continent)

    Asia, the world’s largest and most diverse continent. It occupies the eastern four-fifths of the giant Eurasian landmass. Asia is more a geographic term than a homogeneous continent, and the use of the term to describe such a vast area always carries the potential of obscuring the enormous

  • Asia Minor (historical region, Asia)

    Anatolia, the peninsula of land that today constitutes the Asian portion of Turkey. Because of its location at the point where the continents of Asia and Europe meet, Anatolia was, from the beginnings of civilization, a crossroads for numerous peoples migrating or conquering from either continent.

  • Asia Minor Agreement (1916)

    Sykes-Picot Agreement, (May 1916), secret convention made during World War I between Great Britain and France, with the assent of imperial Russia, for the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. The agreement led to the division of Turkish-held Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine into various French-

  • Asia Minor, religions of

    Anatolian religion, beliefs and practices of the ancient peoples and civilizations of Turkey and Armenia, including the Hittites, Hattians, Luwians, Hurrians, Assyrian colonists, Urartians, and Phrygians. For historical background, see Anatolia. Until comparatively recent times, the pre-Christian

  • Asia no junshin (recording by Puffy AmiYumi)

    Puffy AmiYumi: …released their first single, “Asia no junshin” (“True Asia”), which was a huge hit throughout Asia. The single was soon followed by their debut album, AmiYumi.

  • Asia polyglotta nebst Sprachatlas (work by Klaproth)

    Julius Heinrich Klaproth: …and explorer whose major work, Asia polyglotta nebst Sprachatlas (1823; “Asia Polyglotta with Language Atlas”), is one of the important early surveys of Oriental languages, notably the Caucasian languages, and is the only source of information on several extinct Caucasian languages.

  • Asia Society Museum (museum, New York City, New York, United States)

    Asia Society Museum, American museum in New York, N.Y., established in 1978 with a gift from the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III, founder of the Asia Society (1956). The museum displays fine art and artifacts of Asian origin in order to forward the organization’s larger mission of furthering

  • Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (international association)

    broadcasting: International organizations: The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, which was formally established in 1964 as a union of national broadcasting organizations in Asia and the Pacific, includes Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, as well as Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and most of the noncommunist countries of Asia; its headquarters…

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (international organization)

    Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), organization that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional economic blocs (such as the

  • Āsīāb (archaeological site, Iran)

    ancient Iran: The Neolithic Period (New Stone Age): …such western Iranian sites as Āsīāb, Gūrān, Ganj Dareh (Ganj Darreh), and Ali Kosh. Similar developments in the Zagros Mountains, on the Iraqi side of the modern border, are also traceable at sites such as Karīm Shahīr and Zawi Chemi–Shanidar. This phase of early experimentation with sedentary life and domestication…

  • Asian American (people)

    alcohol consumption: United States: …Hispanics and 65 percent of Asians and Pacific Islanders abstained from alcohol consumption. As compared with urban populations, people in rural areas—who generally had fewer years of education, lower incomes, attended religious services more frequently, and belonged in larger proportions to fundamentalist Protestant denominations—also contained larger proportions of abstainers. In…

  • Asian badger (mammal)

    badger: There are two other species in the genus Meles: the Asian badger (Meles leucurus) and the Japanese badger (Meles anakuma).

  • Asian bleeding heart (plant)

    bleeding heart: …old garden favourite is the Asian bleeding heart (L. spectabilis), widespread for its small rosy-red and white heart-shaped flowers dangling from arching stems about 60 cm (2 feet) tall. There is also a white form, L. spectabilis ‘Alba.’ The deeply cut compound leaves are larger than those of the cultivated…

  • Asian brown cloud (atmospheric science)

    Asian brown cloud, a large atmospheric brown cloud that occurs annually from about November through May over eastern China and southern Asia. The Asian brown cloud is caused by large amounts of aerosols (such as soot and dust) produced in the combustion of fossil fuels and biomass across the

  • Asian carp (fish)

    Asian carp, any of several species of fish belonging to the carp family (Cyprinidae) that are native to eastern Asia, particularly China and Russia, and naturalized in some American waterways. The grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), black carp

  • Asian chevrotain (mammal)
  • Asian clawless otter (mammal)

    otter: 6 pounds) in the Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus, formerly Amblonyx cinereus) to 26 kg (57 pounds) in the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and 45 kg (99 pounds) in the sea otter (Enhydra lutris). Fur colour is various shades of brown with lighter underparts.

  • Asian cobra (snake)

    cobra: The Indian cobra (or Indian spectacled cobra, Naja naja) was formerly considered a single species with much the same distribution as the king cobra. Recently, however, biologists have discovered that nearly a dozen species exist in Asia, some being venom spitters and others not. They vary…

  • Asian Cup (football)

    Asian Cup, Asian football (soccer) competition that takes place every four years and is that continent’s premier football tournament. The Asian Cup is governed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and was first held in 1956, with South Korea winning the inaugural title. The first Asian Cup

  • Asian Development Bank

    Asian Development Bank (ADB), organization that provides loans and equity investments for development projects in its member countries. The bank also provides technical assistance for projects and programs, and it promotes the investment of capital for development. It was established in August 1966

  • Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations (work by Myrdal)

    Gunnar Myrdal: The book Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations (1968) represents a 10-year study of poverty in Asia. Whereas Mydral was a Malthusian who thought that population growth in Asia would stunt economic growth, conditions in the early 21st century show that many Asian countries…

  • Asian elephant (mammal)

    proboscidean: Within the elephant family, Asian elephants (genus Elephas) and mammoths (genus Mammathus) are more closely related to one another than African elephants (genus Loxodonta) are to either. Molecular studies have corroborated the morphological studies that have long suggested this. A 2010 study using mitochondrial DNA suggests that African elephants…

  • Asian Eskimo (people)

    Yupik, indigenous Arctic people traditionally residing in Siberia, Saint Lawrence Island and the Diomede Islands in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait, and Alaska. They are culturally related to the Chukchi and the Inuit, or Eastern Eskimo, of Canada and Greenland. The traditional economic activity

  • Asian fairy bluebird (bird)

    fairy bluebird: The blue-backed, or Asian, fairy bluebird (Irena puella) lives in the wetter parts of India, the Himalayas, southwestern China, and Southeast Asia. The Philippine fairy bluebird (I. cyanogaster) is found on Luzon, Polillo, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao, Dinagat, and Basilan. The two species are notable for the…

  • Asian financial crisis (Asian history [1997–1998])

    Asian financial crisis, major global financial crisis that destabilized the Asian economy and then the world economy at the end of the 1990s. The 1997–98 Asian financial crisis began in Thailand and then quickly spread to neighbouring economies. It began as a currency crisis when Bangkok unpegged

  • Asian flu of 1957 (pandemic)

    1957 flu pandemic, outbreak of influenza that was first identified in February 1957 in East Asia and that subsequently spread to countries worldwide. The 1957 flu pandemic was the second major influenza pandemic to occur in the 20th century; it followed the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 and

  • Asian flu pandemic of 1957 (pandemic)

    1957 flu pandemic, outbreak of influenza that was first identified in February 1957 in East Asia and that subsequently spread to countries worldwide. The 1957 flu pandemic was the second major influenza pandemic to occur in the 20th century; it followed the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 and

  • Asian flu virus

    1957 flu pandemic: … known as influenza A subtype H2N2. Research has indicated that this virus was a reassortant (mixed species) strain, originating from strains of avian influenza and human influenza viruses. In the 1960s the human H2N2 strain underwent a series of minor genetic modifications, a process known as antigenic drift. These slight…

  • Asian Football Confederation (Asian sports organization)

    football: Asia and Oceania: …game is organized by the Asian Football Confederation, comprising 46 members in 2011 and stretching geographically from Lebanon in the Middle East to Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. The Asian Cup for national teams has been held quadrennially since 1956; Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Japan have dominated, with South…

  • Asian Games (amateur athletics)

    Asian Games, regional games sponsored by the Olympic Council of Asia for men and women athletes from Asian countries affiliated with the International Olympic Committee. The first games were held in 1951 at New Delhi; from 1954 they were held every four years. Athletes from 11 nations participated

  • Asian ginseng (herb)

    Araliaceae: Ginseng root, from Panax ginseng, has long been used by the Chinese in the treatment of various diseases; its American relative, Panax quinquefolium (see photograph), is used in the United States as a stimulant. Hari-giri, or castor aralia (Acanthopanax ricinifolius), is used in Japan in building and in…

  • Asian golden cat (mammal)

    golden cat: …(Catopuma temminckii), also known as Temminck’s cat.

  • Asian gymnure (mammal genus)

    gymnure: Asian gymnures (which make up the genera Hylomys, Neohylomys, and Neotetracus) inhabit tropical lowland rainforests and mountain forests, and the five species are either strictly nocturnal or active day and night. They live on the forest floor, sometimes traveling along a network of pathways. Their…

  • Asian gypsy moth (insect)

    gypsy moth: A larger strain, the Asian gypsy moth, has a wingspan of about 90 mm. It poses an even greater threat than its European relative because the female can fly, enabling it to spread quickly, and the larvae, which range in colour from light to dark brown, will eat the…

  • Asian long-horned beetle (insect)

    Asian longhorned beetle, (Anoplophora glabripennis), species of beetle (order Coleoptera, family Cerambycidae), originally native to eastern China and Korea, that became a serious pest of hardwood trees in North America and parts of Eurasia. The glossy black adults are large, 17–40 mm (0.7–1.6

  • Asian longhorned beetle (insect)

    Asian longhorned beetle, (Anoplophora glabripennis), species of beetle (order Coleoptera, family Cerambycidae), originally native to eastern China and Korea, that became a serious pest of hardwood trees in North America and parts of Eurasia. The glossy black adults are large, 17–40 mm (0.7–1.6

  • Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (international organization)

    Raman Sukumar: …a special division of the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, an independent organization that he had helped to establish in 1997. The foundation worked closely with many governmental and nongovernmental agencies in the region to determine how to best conserve elephant habitat and manage human-elephant conflict. He published several notable texts…

  • Asian palm civet (mammal)

    kopi luwak: …and then excreted by the Asian palm civet—popularly called a luwak in Indonesia but found throughout South and Southeast Asia. The coffee bean produced in that manner was discovered and collected by native farmers in Indonesia during the colonial period of the 19th century, when the Dutch forbade local workers…

  • Asian palm swift (bird)

    swift: …extreme example being the tropical Asian palm swift (Cypsiurus parvus), which glues its eggs to a tiny, flat feather nest on the surface of a palm leaf, which may be hanging vertically or even upside down. Swifts lay from one to six white eggs (usually two or three). Both eggs…

  • Asian pogonia (plant)
  • Asian river turtle (reptile)

    turtle: Habitats: …largest species of pond turtles—the Asian river turtle, or batagur (Batagur baska), and the painted terrapin (Callagur borneoensis)—with shell lengths to a half-metre (about 20 inches) and weights to 25 kg (55 pounds). Both are tidal river species, tolerating salinities up to about half that of marine salt water, and…

  • Asian serviceberry (plant)

    serviceberry: …ranges over Europe, and the Asian serviceberry, or Korean juneberry (A. asiatica), which is a small tree native to East Asia. The name shadbush refers to the tendency of certain species to produce their profuse small blossoms when American shad (Alosa sapidissima) swim upriver to spawn in early spring. Several…

  • Asian small-clawed otter (mammal)

    otter: 6 pounds) in the Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus, formerly Amblonyx cinereus) to 26 kg (57 pounds) in the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and 45 kg (99 pounds) in the sea otter (Enhydra lutris). Fur colour is various shades of brown with lighter underparts.

  • Asian tree mouse (rodent)

    Asian tree mouse, (subfamily Platacanthomyinae), any of three species of small rodents found only in a few tropical forests of India and continental Southeast Asia. The Malabar spiny tree mouse (Platacanthomys lasiurus) lives only in the old-growth rainforests of southwestern India. Nocturnal and

  • Asian values (politics)

    Asian values, set of values promoted since the late 20th century by some Asian political leaders and intellectuals as a conscious alternative to Western political values such as human rights, democracy, and capitalism. Advocates of Asian values typically claimed that the rapid development of many

  • Asian vine snake (reptile)

    vine snake: …to the genera Ahaetulla (Asian vine snakes), Oxybelis (New World vine snakes), and Thelotornis (African vine snakes); however, some authorities also place the genera Imantodes and Langaha in this group. African vine snakes, which inhabit sub-Saharan regions, are most diverse in East Africa. The five species of New World…

  • Asian white-backed vulture (bird)

    vulture: Old World vultures: …Asia three Gyps species, the Asian white-backed vulture (G. bengalensis), the long-billed vulture (G. indicus), and the slender-billed vulture (G. tenuirostris), have been brought close to extinction by feeding on the carcasses of dead cattle that had been given pain-killing drugs; the pain killers cause kidney failure in the vultures.

  • Asian wild ass (mammal)

    ass: The related Asiatic wild ass, sometimes called the Asian wild ass or the half-ass (E. hemionus), is usually known by the local names of its various races: e.g., kulan (E. hemionus kulan, Mongolia) and khur (E. hemionus khur, India and Pakistan). The Syrian wild ass (E. hemionus…

  • Asian wildcat (mammal)

    wildcat: The Asian wildcat (Felis silvestris ornata) ranges east of the Caspian Sea into China.

  • Asian Women United (American organization)

    Asian Women United (AWU), American organization dedicated to reflecting and shaping public perceptions of Asian culture, particularly of Asian women. Asian Women United (AWU) was founded in the San Francisco Bay area in 1976. It seeks to generate awareness of Asian culture and to chronicle American

  • Asian Women’s Fund

    comfort women: …assaults, it set up the Asian Women’s Fund in 1995 as an attempt at resolution. However, the fund was sustained from donations from private citizens, not government monies, and Korean activists opposed its existence. The fund ceased operating in 2007.

  • Asian Women’s Interchange Research Forum (Japanese government)

    Takahashi Hisako: …to become director of the Asian Women’s Interchange Research Forum, a government affiliate established to further relations and interchange between women of Asia. The following year she was named president of a similar organization, the 21st Century Occupational Foundation.

  • Asiana (Roman province, Asia)

    Greece: Late Roman administration: …part of the diocese of Asiana, consisting of the westernmost provinces of Asia Minor. By the early years of the 5th century, administrative readjustments had divided the older diocese of Moesia into two sections, creating in the north the diocese of Dacia and in the south that of Macedonia, made…

  • Asianic style (oratory)

    Marcus Tullius Cicero: Oratory: …Roman orators were divided between “Asians,” with a rich, florid, grandiose style, of which Quintus Hortensius was the chief exponent, and the direct simplicity of the “Atticists,” such as Caesar and Brutus. Cicero refused to attach himself to any school. He was trained by Molon of Rhodes, whose own tendencies…

  • Asiatic black bear (mammal)

    Asiatic black bear, (Ursus thibetanus), member of the bear family (Ursidae) found in the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and parts of eastern Asia, including Japan. The Asiatic black bear is omnivorous, eating insects, fruit, nuts, beehives, small mammals, and birds, as well as carrion. It will

  • Asiatic elephant (mammal)

    proboscidean: Within the elephant family, Asian elephants (genus Elephas) and mammoths (genus Mammathus) are more closely related to one another than African elephants (genus Loxodonta) are to either. Molecular studies have corroborated the morphological studies that have long suggested this. A 2010 study using mitochondrial DNA suggests that African elephants…

  • Asiatic Eskimo (people)

    Yupik, indigenous Arctic people traditionally residing in Siberia, Saint Lawrence Island and the Diomede Islands in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait, and Alaska. They are culturally related to the Chukchi and the Inuit, or Eastern Eskimo, of Canada and Greenland. The traditional economic activity

  • Asiatic finfoot (bird)

    finfoot: The masked, or Asiatic, finfoot (Heliopais personata) is found in Central and Southeast Asia. The feet are bright green, and the sexes can be told apart by the colour of the iris: it is yellow in the female and brown in the male.

  • Asiatic high (meteorology)

    Siberian anticyclone, a semipermanent system of high atmospheric pressure centred in northeastern Siberia during the colder half of the year. The anticyclone forms because of the intense cooling of the surface layers of air over the continent during this season. It is usually quite shallow in

  • Asiatic horseshoe crab (chelicerate)

    horseshoe crab: Natural history: The other three species, Tachypleus tridentatus, T. gigas, and Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda, are found along Asia from Japan to India and closely resemble Limulus in both structure and habits. The animals are most abundant in estuarine waters, where they feed on algae, marine worms,

  • Asiatic ibex (mammal)

    ibex: …the European ibex are the Siberian, or Asiatic, ibex (C. sibirica), which is larger and has a longer beard and horns, and the Nubian ibex (C. nubiana), which is smaller and has long, slender horns. Other ibexes include the Spanish ibex (C. pyrenaica) and the walia, or Abyssinian ibex (C.…

  • Asiatic jackal (mammal)

    jackal: …species are usually recognized: the golden, or Asiatic, jackal (C. aureus), found from eastern Europe to Southeast Asia, the African golden wolf (C. anthus), found in northern and eastern Africa, and the black-backed (C. mesomelas) and side-striped (C. adustus) jackals of southern and eastern Africa. Jackals grow to a length…

  • Asiatic knot (bird)

    knot: The great, or Asiatic, knot (C. tenuirostris) is a rare species in Siberia.

  • Asiatic lion (mammal)

    lion: Distribution: …and Central America, and the Asiatic lion (P. leo persica) of the Middle East and India—starting about 124,000 years ago.

  • Asiatic low (meteorology)

    Asia: The polar front: Known as the South Asian (or Iranian) low, it appears in April and is fully developed from June to August. The onset of monsoon in India and mainland Southeast Asia is related to changes in the circulation pattern that occur by June—specifically, the disintegration of the southern jet…

  • Asiatic red dog (canine)

    Dhole, (Cuon alpinus), wild Asian carnivore of the dog family (Canidae), found in central and southeastern wooded areas and distinguished structurally by the lack of one pair of lower molars. Its length ranges between 76 and 100 cm (30 and 40 inches), exclusive of the 28–48-centimetre (11–19-inch)

  • Asiatic rhinoceros (mammal)

    Sumatran rhinoceros, (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), one of three Asian species of rhinoceroses and the smallest living rhinoceros. Both females and males typically weigh less than 850 kg (1,870 pounds); they are 2.5 metres (8 feet) long and 1.5 metres (5 feet) high at the shoulder. Sumatran

  • Asiatic Society of Bengal (Oriental studies society)

    Asiatic Society of Bengal, scholarly society founded on Jan. 15, 1784, by Sir William Jones, a British lawyer and Orientalist, to encourage Oriental studies. At its founding, Jones delivered the first of a famous series of discourses. An outstanding scholar from the University of Oxford, Jones

  • Asiatic wild ass (mammal)

    ass: The related Asiatic wild ass, sometimes called the Asian wild ass or the half-ass (E. hemionus), is usually known by the local names of its various races: e.g., kulan (E. hemionus kulan, Mongolia) and khur (E. hemionus khur, India and Pakistan). The Syrian wild ass (E. hemionus…

  • Asiatics, The (work by Prokosch)

    Frederic Prokosch: Prokosch’s first novel, The Asiatics (1935), was the picaresque story of a young American who travels from Beirut, Lebanon, across vivid Asian landscapes to China, encountering a variety of distinctive individuals along the way; it won wide acclaim and was translated into 17 languages. His other novels of…

  • ASIC (computing)

    integrated circuit: Application-specific ICs: An application-specific IC (ASIC) can be either a digital or an analog circuit. As their name implies, ASICs are not reconfigurable; they perform only one specific function. For example, a speed controller IC for a remote control car is hard-wired to do one…

  • asiento de negros (Spanish history)

    Asiento de negros, between the early 16th and the mid-18th century, an agreement between the Spanish crown and a private person or another sovereign power by which the latter was granted a monopoly in supplying African slaves for the Spanish colonies in the Americas. The contractor (asentista)

  • Âşık (Ottoman writer)

    Ahmed Dede Müneccimbaşı, Ottoman astrologer, writer, and historian. After 15 years with the Mawlawī dervishes, Müneccimbaşı took up astronomy and astrology and in 1665 became the müneccimbaşi (court astrologer, hence his name) for Sultan Mehmed IV. Falling out of favour with the court in 1687,

  • âşik (poet-musician)

    Turkish literature: Epic and the emergence of the âşik: …Turkish poet-musician known as the âşik, who emerged in the 16th century in Anatolia, Iran, and the southern Caucasus and eventually supplanted the ozan. The âşik (ashoog in Azerbaijani; from the Arabic ʿashiq, “lover” or “novice Sufi”) was a professional or semiprofessional performer, singing a variety of epic, didactic, mystical,…

  • Aşık Paşa (Turkish author)

    Aşık Paşa, poet who was one of the most important figures in early Turkish literature. Very little about his life is known. A wealthy and respected figure in his community, he apparently was also a very religious sheikh (mystic leader, hence his name, Aşık, which means lover, given to an ecstatic m

  • Asikainen, Alfred (Finnish athlete)
  • Aşiki (Ottoman historian)

    Aşıkpaşazâde, one of the most important early Ottoman historians. The great-grandson of the famous mystic poet of Anatolia, Aşık Paşa, Aşıkpaşazâde also had affiliations with a Muslim mystical order. Very little is known about his early life. In 1413 he claimed to have met Yahşi Fakih, whose early

  • Aşıkpaşazâde (Ottoman historian)

    Aşıkpaşazâde, one of the most important early Ottoman historians. The great-grandson of the famous mystic poet of Anatolia, Aşık Paşa, Aşıkpaşazâde also had affiliations with a Muslim mystical order. Very little is known about his early life. In 1413 he claimed to have met Yahşi Fakih, whose early

  • Asilah (Morocco)

    Asilah, city on the Atlantic coast of northwestern Morocco, south of Tangier. While some attribute its founding to the Phoenicians, others believe its origins date back to the Roman period; perhaps each account refers to a slightly different location on this busy coastal strip not far from Europe.

  • Asilidae (insect)

    Robber fly, (family Asilidae), any of about 6,750 species of predatory insects, worldwide in distribution, in the fly order, Diptera. Robber flies range in length to almost 8 cm (3 inches), making them the largest of all flies. Most are dull in colour, and their stout, often hairy, bodies resemble

  • Asimina (plant genus)

    Magnoliales: Distribution and abundance: Asimina (8 species) is restricted to eastern North America and contains the only temperate-adapted species in the family, A. triloba (pawpaw), which extends as far north as the lower Great Lakes.

  • Asimina angustifolia (plant)

    pawpaw: speciosa and A. angustifolia.

  • Asimina speciosa (plant)

    pawpaw: …shrubby North American plants, include A. speciosa and A. angustifolia.

  • Asimina triloba (fruit and tree, Asimina species)

    Pawpaw, (Asimina triloba), deciduous tree or shrub of the custard-apple family, Annonaceae (order Magnoliales), native to the United States from the Atlantic coast north to New York state and west to Michigan and Kansas. It can grow 12 metres (40 feet) tall with pointed, broadly oblong, drooping

  • Asimov, Isaac (American author)

    Isaac Asimov, American author and biochemist, a highly successful and prolific writer of science fiction and of science books for the layperson. He wrote or edited about 500 volumes, of which the most famous are those in the Foundation and robot series. Asimov was brought to the United States at

  • Asinaeus (Jewish brigand)

    history of Mesopotamia: The Parthian period: … (12–38 ce) the Jewish brigands Asinaeus and Anilaeus set up a free state north of Ctesiphon that lasted 15 years before it was overcome by the Parthians. With the end of cuneiform records and with the attention of classical sources turned to the wars between the Romans and the Parthians,…

  • Asinamali! (musical by Ngema)

    Mbongeni Ngema: Ngema’s next show, the musical Asinamali! (1983), deals with police violence, forced separations from families, and constricting racist laws as experienced by five prisoners. Soon after the play opened, police raided a performance and arrested Ngema’s actors. Despite its serious theme, Asinamali! is filled with music and comedy.

  • Asinara Island (island, Italy)

    Asinara Island, island lying in the Mediterranean Sea off the northwest coast of Sardinia. It has an area of 20 square miles (52 square km) and rises to 1,335 feet (407 m). The island was home to one of Italy’s top-security prisons until it was closed in 1997. Asinara is now a marine and wildlife

  • Asinius Pollio, Gaius (Roman historian and orator)

    Gaius Asinius Pollio, Roman orator, poet, and historian who wrote a contemporary history that, although lost, provided much of the material for Appian and Plutarch. Pollio moved in the literary circle of Catullus and entered public life in 56. In 54 he impeached unsuccessfully the tribune C. Cato,

  • Asino (Russia)

    Asino, city, Tomsk oblast (province), southeastern Russia. The city is located near the Chulym River, an important logging stream, and is the largest wood-processing centre in western Siberia. It has a railroad spur that connects with the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Pop. (2006 est.)

  • Asino d’oro (work by Firenzuola)

    Italian literature: Narrative: …several stories, including the fable Asino d’oro (1550), a free adaptation of Apuleius’s Golden Ass. The cleric and short-story writer Matteo Bandello started a new trend in 16th-century narrative with 214 stories that were rich in dramatic and romantic elements while not aiming at classical dignity. This trend was partially…

  • Asio flammeus (bird)

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