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  • Gnetales (gnetophyte order)

    gnetophyte: Annotated classification: Order Gnetales Mostly vines, but a few trees; large flat leaves that have reticulate venation; seeds may be brightly coloured; 1 family, Gnetaceae; 1 genus, Gnetum, with about 30 species. Order Welwitschiales 2 immense, permanent leaves, which become split and frayed with age; seeds with

  • Gnetophyta (plant)

    Gnetophyte, any member of the division Gnetophyta, a small group of gymnospermous vascular plants that are represented by three living genera: Ephedra, Gnetum, and Welwitschia. There are 65 species in the genus Ephedra, 30 or more in Gnetum, but only one in Welwitschia. The three genera exhibit

  • gnetophyte (plant)

    Gnetophyte, any member of the division Gnetophyta, a small group of gymnospermous vascular plants that are represented by three living genera: Ephedra, Gnetum, and Welwitschia. There are 65 species in the genus Ephedra, 30 or more in Gnetum, but only one in Welwitschia. The three genera exhibit

  • Gnetum (plant genus)

    gnetophyte: Annotated classification: …1 family, Gnetaceae; 1 genus, Gnetum, with about 30 species. Order Welwitschiales 2 immense, permanent leaves, which become split and frayed with age; seeds with winglike extensions that may aid in dispersal; restricted to Namib Desert of Africa and vicinity; 1 family, Welwitschiaceae, with 1 member, Welwitschia mirabilis.

  • Gnetum gnemon (plant)

    Gnetaceae: …but among the exceptions is G. gnemon, a tree about 20 metres (65 feet) tall that yields a useful fibre and an edible, plumlike fruit. Other species occur in the Neotropics. The conspicuous, netlike veining of the broad leaves of Gnetum species superficially resembles that of angiosperms. The ovules (potential…

  • GNI (economics)

    Gross national income (GNI), the sum of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) plus net income (positive or negative) from abroad. It represents the value produced by a country’s economy in a given year, regardless of whether the source of the value created is domestic production or receipts from

  • Gniezno (Poland)

    Gniezno, city, Wielkopolskie województwo (province), west-central Poland. Located on the Poznań-Toruń rail line, it is a trade and food-processing centre. Legend attributes Gniezno’s origin to Lech, mythological founder of Poland, who supposedly made it his capital. Archaeological evidence

  • Gniloye More (geographical region, Ukraine)

    Syvash, (“Putrid Sea”), system of shallow inlets of the Sea of Azov that penetrate the northern and eastern coasts of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine. Syvash is an area of marshy inlets and coves on the western margin of the Sea of Azov, from which it is separated by the Arabat Spit, a sandbar

  • GNM (museum, Nürnberg, Germany)

    German National Museum (GNM), museum in Nürnberg, Ger., housing Europe’s largest and most comprehensive collection of German art and artifacts. One of the largest museums in Europe, the GNM offers an extensive overview of German history, culture, and art. The museum was founded in 1852, but the

  • gnome (folklore)

    Gnome, in European folklore, dwarfish, subterranean goblin or earth spirit who guards mines of precious treasures hidden in the earth. He is represented in medieval mythologies as a small, physically deformed (usually hunchbacked) creature resembling a dry, gnarled old man. Gob, the king of the

  • Gnome-Mobile, The (film by Stevenson [1967])

    Robert Stevenson: Films for Disney: Stevenson then made The Gnome-Mobile (1967), which was based on Upton Sinclair’s novel The Gnomobile. It offered Walter Brennan as a cantankerous businessman who tries to keep gnomes that he has discovered in a forest from being exploited. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) was enlivened by the casting of Peter…

  • Gnomeo & Juliet (film by Asbury [2011])

    Patrick Stewart: …voice to the animated movies Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2013), and The Emoji Movie (2017).

  • gnomic poetry

    Gnomic poetry, aphoristic verse containing short, memorable statements of traditional wisdom and morality. The Greek word gnomē means “moral aphorism” or “proverb.” Its form may be either imperative, as in the famous command “know thyself,” or indicative, as in the English adage “Too many cooks

  • Gnomobile, The (children’s literature by Sinclair)

    Upton Sinclair: …wrote a children’s story called The Gnomobile. It was one of the first books for children with an environmentalist message, and it was later adapted as a film by Walt Disney in 1967. Sinclair again reached a wide audience with his Lanny Budd series, 11 contemporary historical novels, beginning with…

  • gnomon (timekeeping device)

    Gnomon, device originally meant as an instrument for calculating the time. In its most simple form it seems to have been a rod placed vertically on a plane surface, later upon the surface of a hemisphere. The term gnomon was at one time substantially synonymous with a vertical line. From this early

  • gnomon (geometry)

    gnomon: The term gnomon was at one time substantially synonymous with a vertical line. From this early use it came to represent a figure like a carpenter’s square but usually with equal arms. Seeking to relate numbers to geometric forms, early Greek mathematicians imagined squares as built up…

  • Gnomon Novi Testamenti (work by Bengel)

    biblical literature: The modern period: …was followed by his exegetical Gnomon Novi Testamenti (“Introduction to the New Testament,” 1742): “apply thyself wholly to the text,” he directed; “apply the text wholly to thyself.” The English bishop Robert Lowth’s (1710–87) Oxford lectures on The Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews, published in Latin in 1753, greatly promoted…

  • Gnomon of Zhou, The (Chinese mathematics)

    East Asian mathematics: The textual sources: …Han astronomical treatise, Zhoubi (“The Gnomon of the Zhou”), by a group under the leadership of imperial mathematician and astronomer Li Chunfeng. This collection, known as Shibu suanjing (“Ten Classics of Mathematics”), became the manual for officials trained in the newly established office of mathematics. Although some people continued…

  • gnomonic projection (cartography)

    map: Map projections: …Earth, the projection is called gnomonic; if from the far side of the Earth’s surface, it is stereographic; if from space, it is called orthographic.

  • gnosiology (philosophy)

    Epistemology, the philosophical study of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge. The term is derived from the Greek epistēmē (“knowledge”) and logos (“reason”), and accordingly the field is sometimes referred to as the theory of knowledge. Epistemology has a long history within Western

  • gnosis (religious knowledge)

    Saint Clement of Alexandria: Clement’s view of the roles of faith and knowledge: …was also the basis of gnōsis, a spiritual and mystical knowledge. By distinguishing between two levels of believers—i.e., the pistic Christian, who responds through discipline and lives on the level of the law, and the Christian Gnostic, who responds through discipline and love and lives on the level of the…

  • Gnostic Centuries (work by Evagrius Ponticus)

    Evagrius Ponticus: Evagrius’ Gnostic Centuries emphasized that the essential function of spiritual beings is to experience union with God, the transcendent One, expressed as pure light. Because of an original, alienating fault, the intellectual world, notably man, can find reconciliation only by an ascetical, self-mortifying process whereby the…

  • Gnostic Gospels, The (work by Pagels)

    Elaine Pagels: She subsequently published The Gnostic Gospels (1979), which was enormously popular among general readers as well as academics, winning a National Book Critics Circle Award as well as a National Book Award. Although Pagels’s interpretations were sharply criticized by traditionalists, who felt that her claims were not supported…

  • Gnostic Paul, The (work by Pagels)

    Elaine Pagels: …in Gnostic Exegesis (1973) and The Gnostic Paul (1975). She also joined an international team of scholars that issued an English translation of the gnostic texts that had been discovered in 1945 at Najʿ Ḥammādī, Egypt. Her work exploded the myth of theological unity within the early Christian movement and…

  • gnosticism (religious movement)

    Gnosticism, any of various related philosophical and religious movements prominent in the Greco-Roman world in the early Christian era, particularly the 2nd century. The designation gnosticism is a term of modern scholarship. It was first used by the English poet and philosopher of religion Henry

  • Gnothi Seauton (work by Geulincx)

    Arnold Geulincx: …his six treatises on ethics, Gnothi Seauton (1675; “Know Thyself ”). As Philaretus, Geulincx accepted the progression in Cartesian metaphysics from doubt to knowledge and from knowledge to God and affirmed the dominant role of the will in forming judgments. Geulincx, however, aimed to submit the will to the authority…

  • gnotobiology (biology)

    germfree life: Gnotobiology comprises the study of germfree plants and animals, as well as living things in which specific microorganisms, added by experimental methods, are known to be present. When one or more known species of microorganisms are added experimentally to a germfree plant or animal, the…

  • gnotobiosis (biology)

    Gnotobiosis, (from the Greek meaning “known life”), condition of life in which only known kinds of organisms are present. Gnotobiotic organisms are of two major types: germfree, that is, free of all known contaminants; and gnotophoric, bearing a single known contaminant, usually administered as

  • gnotobiotics (biology)

    germfree life: Gnotobiology comprises the study of germfree plants and animals, as well as living things in which specific microorganisms, added by experimental methods, are known to be present. When one or more known species of microorganisms are added experimentally to a germfree plant or animal, the…

  • gnotophoric organism (biology)

    gnotobiosis: …of all known contaminants; and gnotophoric, bearing a single known contaminant, usually administered as part of an experiment. The term “germfree,” however, is often used loosely to indicate all organisms cultivated under laboratory conditions in the absence of any other detectable species or in the presence of species known by…

  • GNP (economics)

    Gross national product (GNP), total market value of the final goods and services produced by a nation’s economy during a specific period of time (usually a year), computed before allowance is made for the depreciation or consumption of capital used in the process of production. It is distinguished

  • GNP (political party, South Korea)

    Liberty Korea Party, conservative political party in South Korea. It advocates fiscal responsibility, a market-based economy, and caution in dealing with North Korea. The party was originally formed (as the Grand National Party [GNP]) in 1997 through the merger of the New Korea Party (NKP; formerly

  • GNP (political party, Grenada)

    Grenada: Independence: …Labour Party (GULP) defeated the Grenada National Party (GNP) and took office under the premiership of Eric M. Gairy, a trade unionist. Grenada became an independent nation on February 7, 1974. The transition was marked by violence, strikes, and controversy centring upon Gairy, who was named prime minister. Opposition to…

  • GNR (Portuguese police)

    Portugal: Security: …Segurança Pública; PSP) and the Republican National Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana; GNR) are under the control of the Ministry of Internal Administration. The GNR includes the road police and has jurisdiction over rural areas. The PSP patrols urban areas and directs city traffic. The Fiscal Guard (Guarda Fiscal), which is…

  • GnRH (biochemistry)

    Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a neurohormone consisting of 10 amino acids that is produced in the arcuate nuclei of the hypothalamus. GnRH stimulates the synthesis and secretion of the two gonadotropins—luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)—by the anterior

  • gnu (mammal)

    Gnu, (genus Connochaetes), either of two species of large African antelopes of the family Bovidae in the tribe Alcelaphini. They are among the most specialized and successful of African herbivores and are dominant in plains ecosystems. The common wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) is a keystone

  • GNU General Public License (intellectual property license)

    Copyleft, license granting general permission to copy and reproduce intellectual property. Where copyright protects society’s interests in invention and creativity by providing individual incentives through copyright control, copyleft protects social interests in knowledge creation by vesting

  • GNU GPL (intellectual property license)

    Copyleft, license granting general permission to copy and reproduce intellectual property. Where copyright protects society’s interests in invention and creativity by providing individual incentives through copyright control, copyleft protects social interests in knowledge creation by vesting

  • GNU Project (computer science)

    copyleft: …an open-source programming project called GNU (a reflexive acronym for “GNU’s Not Unix”) and created the first general public license to govern the use of GNU, keeping it and its derivatives open and freely available. Many consider the concept of copyleft to be a return to the earliest ideas of…

  • GNU/Linux (operating system)

    Linux, computer operating system created in the early 1990s by Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds and the Free Software Foundation (FSF). While still a student at the University of Helsinki, Torvalds started developing Linux to create a system similar to MINIX, a UNIX operating system. In

  • go (cribbage)

    cribbage: The play and the showing: After a go, count begins again at zero.

  • go (game)

    Go, board game for two players. Of East Asian origin, it is popular in China, Korea, and especially Japan, the country with which it is most closely identified. Go, probably the world’s oldest board game, is thought to have originated in China some 4,000 years ago. According to some sources, this

  • Go and Tell Pharoh (book by Sharpton and Walton)

    Al Sharpton: His autobiography, Go and Tell Pharaoh (cowritten with Anthony Walton), was published in 1996.

  • Go Down, Moses (work by Faulkner)

    Go Down, Moses, a collection of seven stories by William Faulkner, first published in 1942 as a novel under the inaccurate title Go Down, Moses, and Other Stories; the title was corrected for the second printing. Set in Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha county, the book contains some of the

  • Go Down, Moses, and Other Stories (work by Faulkner)

    Go Down, Moses, a collection of seven stories by William Faulkner, first published in 1942 as a novel under the inaccurate title Go Down, Moses, and Other Stories; the title was corrected for the second printing. Set in Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha county, the book contains some of the

  • Go for Sisters (film by Sayles [2013])

    John Sayles: His later thriller Go for Sisters (2013) saw two women on opposite sides of the law team up to find the kidnapped son of one of them in Mexico.

  • Go Set a Watchman (novel by Lee)

    Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman, written before To Kill a Mockingbird but essentially a sequel featuring Scout as a grown woman who returns to her childhood home in Alabama to visit her father, was released in 2015.

  • Go Tell It on the Mountain (novel by Baldwin)

    Go Tell It on the Mountain, semiautobiographical novel by James Baldwin, published in 1953. It was Baldwin’s first novel and is considered his finest. Based on the author’s experiences as a teenaged preacher in a small revivalist church, the novel describes two days and a long night in the life of

  • GO Transit (Canadian railway system)

    Canada: Railways: GO Transit, an agency of the Ontario government, began operating commuter trains in the heavily urbanized area around Toronto in 1967. Similar commuter train operations began in the Montreal area in 1984 and in the Vancouver region in 1995.

  • Go West (film by Buzzell [1940])

    Marx Brothers: …MGM films—At the Circus (1939), Go West (1940), and The Big Store (1941)—lacked the quality of their earlier work and were much less successful, and in 1941 the brothers announced their retirement as a team. For the next few years, Groucho performed frequently on radio, Harpo appeared on the stage,…

  • Go, Gladsome Light (hymn)

    hymn: …the Greek “Phos hilarion” (“Go, Gladsome Light,” translated by the 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). Hymnody developed systematically, however, only after the emperor Constantine legalized Christianity (313 ce), and it flourished earliest in Syria, where the practice was possibly taken over from the singing by gnostics and Manichaeans…

  • Go, lovely Rose! (work by Waller)

    Edmund Waller: Several of Waller’s poems, including “Go, lovely Rose!”—one of the most famous lyric poems in English literature—had circulated for some 20 years before the appearance of his Poems in 1645. The first edition claiming full authorization, however, was that of 1664. In 1655 appeared his “Panegyrick to my Lord Protector”…

  • Go, Yeun ar (French writer)

    Celtic literature: Developments of the 20th century: The reminiscences of Yeun ar Go in E Skeud Tour Bras Sant Jermen (1955; “In the Shadow of the Great Tower of Saint-Germain”) and continued in Al Liamm have great charm. But the three writers who can claim to have done most to give Brittany a 20th-century Breton…

  • Go-Away Bird and Other Stories, The (short stories by Spark)

    Muriel Spark: …first volume of short stories, The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories (1958). She returned to Great Britain during World War II and worked for the Foreign Office, writing propaganda. She then served as general secretary of the Poetry Society and editor of The Poetry Review (1947–49). She later published a…

  • go-between (sociology)

    family law: Marriage as a transfer of dependence: Go-betweens and marriage brokers have been part of the marriage customs of many countries, especially in East Asia. The go-between and the professional marriage broker still have a role in some countries. The giving of dowries remains an important custom in some areas, especially South…

  • Go-Between, The (novel by Hartley)

    L.P. Hartley: …of another of his novels, The Go-Between (1953; filmed 1971), on a 12-year-old boy who inadvertently causes a tragedy through his ignorance of the complexity of adult relations.

  • go-carting (motor sport)

    Karting, driving and racing miniature, skeleton-frame, rear-engine automobiles called karts, or GoKarts. The sport originated in the United States in the 1950s after the kart had been devised from unwanted lawn-mower engines. The karts usually have no protective bodywork, and the driver sits only a

  • Go-Daigo Tennō (emperor of Japan)

    Go-Daigo, emperor of Japan (1318–39), whose efforts to overthrow the shogunate and restore the monarchy led to civil war and divided the imperial family into two rival factions. Takaharu ascended the throne at a time when the nation was in one of the more turbulent periods of its history. Political

  • go-go (music)

    Go-go: Go-go, a style of funk heavy on bass and percussion, originated in Washington, D.C., in the late 1970s. Go-go bands were large ensembles with multiple percussionists who could maintain a steady beat for hours at a time. By 1982 go-go was the most popular music…

  • Go-go

    Go-go, a style of funk heavy on bass and percussion, originated in Washington, D.C., in the late 1970s. Go-go bands were large ensembles with multiple percussionists who could maintain a steady beat for hours at a time. By 1982 go-go was the most popular music of the dance halls (called go-gos) in

  • Go-Go’s, the (American musical group)

    girl groups: … music by such bands as the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, and in the 1990s a new generation of vocal acts interpreted the style with added funkiness. Moreover, latter-day performers such as En Vogue, Janet Jackson, and the British act the Spice Girls (whose success sparked another explosion of girl groups,…

  • go-in hakase (musical notation)

    Japanese music: Buddhist music: …influential system was the so-called go-in hakase, attributed to Kakui (b. 1236) of the Shingon sect. Under that method the five notes of each of three octaves of a pentatonic scale were indicated by the angle of a short line, rather like the hands on a clock. Variations of that…

  • go-kart (car)

    karting: …rear-engine automobiles called karts, or GoKarts. The sport originated in the United States in the 1950s after the kart had been devised from unwanted lawn-mower engines. The karts usually have no protective bodywork, and the driver sits only a few inches above the ground. Some of the vehicles, nevertheless, are…

  • go-karting (motor sport)

    Karting, driving and racing miniature, skeleton-frame, rear-engine automobiles called karts, or GoKarts. The sport originated in the United States in the 1950s after the kart had been devised from unwanted lawn-mower engines. The karts usually have no protective bodywork, and the driver sits only a

  • Go-Sanjō Tennō (emperor of Japan)

    Go-Sanjō, 71st emperor of Japan, whose abdication in favour of his son, Kidahito (the emperor Shirakawa), established a precedent for government by retired emperor, thereby contributing to the decline of the powerful Fujiwara clan. One of the few Japanese rulers of the period not born of a Fujiwara

  • Go-Shirakawa Tennō (emperor of Japan)

    Go-Shirakawa, 77th emperor of Japan, during whose reign political power was transferred from the imperial court to the provincial warrior class. He ascended the throne in 1155, taking the reign name Go-Shirakawa, after the death of his brother, the emperor Konoe. When his father, the former emperor

  • Go-Toba Tennō (emperor of Japan)

    Go-Toba, 82nd emperor of Japan, whose attempt to restore power to the imperial house resulted in total subjugation of the Japanese court. He was placed on the throne in 1183, taking the reign name Go-Toba (“Later Toba”), by the Minamoto clan after it had established military hegemony over most of

  • Goa (state, India)

    Goa, state of India, comprising a mainland district on the country’s southwestern coast and an offshore island. It is located about 250 miles (400 km) south of Mumbai (Bombay). One of India’s smallest states, it is bounded by the states of Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka on the east and

  • Goa (missile)

    rocket and missile system: Surface-to-air: The SA-3 Goa, derived from the Guideline but modified for use against low-altitude targets, was first deployed in 1963—primarily in defense of fixed installations. The SA-N-1 was a similar naval missile.

  • Goa, Portuguese Conquest of (Portuguese history [1510])

    Battle of Goa, (9–10 December 1510). The first part of India to fall to European colonial rule was Goa on the west coast. Its conquest was the work of energetic Portuguese viceroy Afonso de Albuquerque, who recognized that the port-city would make a perfect permanent base for Portugal’s navy and

  • Goajira Peninsula, La (peninsula, South America)

    La Guajira Peninsula, peninsula on the northwestern coast of South America. It is bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the north and west, the Gulf of Venezuela to the southeast, and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Sierra de Perijá to the south. Much of the peninsula lies in northeastern Colombia;

  • Goajiro (people)

    Goajiro, Indian people of La Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and adjacent Venezuela. Numbering about 199,000 in the early 21st century, they speak an Arawakan language and are linguistically and culturally distinct from their neighbours to the south, the Arhuaco. The Goajiro are mainly a

  • goal (sports)

    Australian rules football: Play of the game: The line between the goalposts is called the goal line, and this line’s extension from each goalpost to its behind post is called the behind line.

  • goal orientation (zoology)

    migration: Birds: …directed to a point, is true navigation, or goal orientation. Both types apparently are based on celestial bearings, which provide a navigational “grid.”

  • Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, The (novel by Handke)

    Peter Handke: …des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (1970; The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick), is an imaginative thriller about a former football (soccer) player who commits a pointless murder and then waits for the police to take him into custody. Die linkshändige Frau (1976; The Left-Handed Woman) is a dispassionate description of…

  • goalkeeper (sports)

    football: Equipment and field of play: …wear identifiably different uniforms, and goalkeepers must be distinguishable from all players and match officials.

  • goaltending (sports)

    basketball: U.S. high school and college basketball: …flight toward the basket (goaltending).

  • Goalundo (Bangladesh)

    Goalundo Ghat, town, central Bangladesh. It is situated near the confluence of the Padma (Ganges [Ganga]) and Jamuna (Brahmaputra) rivers. Goalundo Ghat is linked by road with Faridpur and Kushtia and is an important river-steamer and rail-spur terminus. Its principal transshipment commodities are

  • Goalundo Ghat (Bangladesh)

    Goalundo Ghat, town, central Bangladesh. It is situated near the confluence of the Padma (Ganges [Ganga]) and Jamuna (Brahmaputra) rivers. Goalundo Ghat is linked by road with Faridpur and Kushtia and is an important river-steamer and rail-spur terminus. Its principal transshipment commodities are

  • Goan (people)

    Anglo-Indian: …Luso-Indians are known today as Goans, and they are concentrated in the state of Goa, in Mumbai, and along India’s western coast. Especially in the larger cities, such as Mumbai, Madras (now Chennai), and Calcutta (now Kolkata), the Goans and other Luso-Indians retained much of their European cultural heritage and…

  • Goanese style (art style)

    furniture: India: …and a southern, or so-called Goanese, style. The former is artistically the more interesting and includes a variety of furniture decorated with inlaid bone or ivory on ebony and other dark woods. Tables and writing cabinets in the Italian Renaissance form are found in this category because this was the…

  • Goascorán River (river, Central America)

    Goascorán River, river in Central America. It rises in the La Sierra mountain ridge in Honduras and flows southward along the El Salvador-Honduras border for about 75 miles (120 km). It courses past Goascorán city to La Unión Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of

  • Goascorán, Río (river, Central America)

    Goascorán River, river in Central America. It rises in the La Sierra mountain ridge in Honduras and flows southward along the El Salvador-Honduras border for about 75 miles (120 km). It courses past Goascorán city to La Unión Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of

  • goat (mammal)

    Goat, any ruminant and hollow-horned mammal belonging to the genus Capra. Related to the sheep, the goat is lighter of build, has horns that arch backward, a short tail, and straighter hair. Male goats, called bucks or billys, usually have a beard. Females are called does or nannys, and immature

  • goat antelope (mammal)

    Goat antelope, (tribe Rupicaprini), goatlike mammals of the subfamily Caprinae (family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla). Goat antelopes owe their name to their physical characteristics, which are intermediate between those of the stockily built goats (subfamily Caprinae) and the long-legged antelopes

  • Goat Fell (mountain, Scotland, United Kingdom)

    Arran: …most dramatic scenery, dominated by Goat Fell, with an elevation of 2,868 feet (874 metres). The surrounding glens (valleys), notably Glen Rosa, Glen Sannox, and Glen Monamore, abound in hill and rock climbs and are well stocked with game, including grouse and red deer. In the south the landscape is…

  • goat moth (insect)

    carpenter moth: The mahogany-coloured larvae of the goat moth (Cossus cossus) attack deciduous trees and exude a strong, goatlike odour. The members of this family are sometimes called leopard moths because the species Zeuzera pyrina has white wings with black or blue blotches, similar to the coat pattern of the feline snow…

  • goat nut (plant)

    Jojoba, (Simmondsia chinensis), leathery-leaved shrub in the box family (Buxaceae), native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the capsules of which yield jojoba oil. The stiff-branched plant, which grows to a height of up to 2 m (7 feet), is cultivated as hedge material,

  • goat’s beard (plant, Aruncus dioicus)

    Goatsbeard, (Aruncus dioicus), herbaceous perennial plant of the rose family (Rosaceae), native to the north temperate zone. Goatsbeard is often listed as the only species of the genus Aruncus. It occurs most commonly in rich woods in mountainous regions and is cultivated as a border plant. The

  • Goat, The (astronomy and astrology)

    Capricornus, (Latin: “Goat-horned”) in astronomy, zodiacal constellation lying in the southern sky between Aquarius and Sagittarius, at about 21 hours right ascension and 20° south declination. Its stars are faint; Deneb Algedi (Arabic for “kid’s tail”) is the brightest star, with a magnitude of

  • Goat; or, Who Is Sylvia?, The (play by Albee)

    Edward Albee: …morality in plays such as The Goat; or, Who Is Sylvia? (2002), which depicts the disintegration of a marriage in the wake of the revelation that the husband has engaged in bestiality. In Occupant (2001), Albee imagines the sculptor Louise Nevelson being interviewed after her death. Albee also expanded The…

  • goatfish (fish)

    Goatfish, any of more than 60 species of elongated marine fishes of the family Mullidae (order Perciformes). Goatfishes are characterized by two well-separated dorsal fins and by a pair of long, sensory chin barbels. The barbels are used to find the small, bottom-living invertebrates on which the

  • goatgrass (plant genus)

    Goatgrass, (genus Aegilops), genus of about 20 species of grasses (family Poaceae) native to Eurasia and North Africa. Several goatgrass species are considered to be agricultural weeds; they often grow with wheat and other cereal crops, where their eradication is difficult. Common bread wheat

  • goatsbeard (plant, Tragopogon pratensis)

    salsify: Goatsbeard, or meadow salsify (T. pratensis), is a weedy European species, naturalized in North America, that has a large yellow flower head. It is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental, and its leaves, flowers, and roots are sometimes eaten in salads.

  • goatsbeard (plant, Aruncus dioicus)

    Goatsbeard, (Aruncus dioicus), herbaceous perennial plant of the rose family (Rosaceae), native to the north temperate zone. Goatsbeard is often listed as the only species of the genus Aruncus. It occurs most commonly in rich woods in mountainous regions and is cultivated as a border plant. The

  • goatsucker (bird)

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    gnome: Gob, the king of the gnome race, ruled with a magic sword and is said to have influenced the melancholic temperament of man.

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  • Gobat, Charles-Albert (Swiss political scientist)

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