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  • horny mite (arachnid)

    acarid: Annotated classification: Suborder Oribatida (oribatid or beetle mites) Usually strongly sclerotized and slow moving, 0.2–1.5 mm in size; eyes and stigmata absent; pseudostigmata generally present, palps without claws, 3–5 segments; chelicerae usually chelate; rutella present; tarsi with 1–3 claws; ventrally with various shields; majority terrestrial in forest humus and soil, a…

  • horny scute (anatomy)

    scale: Horny scutes, or corneoscutes, derived from the upper, or epidermal, skin layer, appear in reptiles and on the legs of birds. In crocodilians and some lizards, bony dermal scales (osteoderms) underlie the external scales. Bird feathers are developmentally modified epidermal scales. Modified epidermal tissue, mostly…

  • horny sponge (animal)

    Horny sponge, any sponge of the orders Dictyoceratida and Dendroceratida (class Demospongiae). It has a skeleton consisting exclusively of fibrous organic components. Most other sponges, by contrast, have siliceous or calcareous elements as well as organic materials in their skeletal tissue.

  • hornyhead chub (fish)

    chub: The hornyhead chub is blue-backed with greenish sides and a light belly. It lives in clear streams and is about 15–24 cm (6–9 inches) long. Some chubs will take a fisherman’s artificial fly. Other cyprinid chubs include the western North American fishes of the genera Gila…

  • horo (dance)

    Horo, communal dance of Bulgaria. Performed for enjoyment at festive gatherings, it has many varieties, the moods of which range from solemn to exuberant. Horos are danced in linked circles, in serpentine chains, and in straight lines. Women’s steps are often simple and subdued, men’s steps

  • Horodło, Union of (Polish history)

    Poland: The rule of Jagiełło: At the Union of Horodło in 1413, Polish nobles offered their coats of arms to a number of Lithuanians as a gesture of solidarity.

  • horoi (mortgage stones)

    ancient Greek civilization: Solon: …up the boundary markers, or horoi, which indicated some sort of obligation. The act of pulling up the horoi was a sign that he had “freed the black earth.” The men whose land was designated by those horoi were called “sixth-parters” (hektēmoroi) because they had to hand over one-sixth of…

  • Horoi (work by Scaevola)

    Quintus Mucius Scaevola: …wrote a small handbook called Horoi (“Definitions”), consisting of short rules of law and explanations of legal terms; it was to be the oldest work excerpted in the Byzantine emperor Justinian I’s Digest. He was killed in the massacres directed by Lucius Cornelius Sulla in his struggle against Gaius Marius…

  • Höroldt, Johann Gregor (German painter)

    pottery: Porcelain: …1720 a painter from Vienna, Johann Gregor Höroldt, was appointed chief painter (Obermaler) to the factory; he was responsible for introducing a new and much more brilliant palette, as well as some ground colours (Fond-Porzellan). The earliest ground colour to be noted is a coffee brown termed Kapuzinerbraun, which was…

  • Horologion (liturgical book)

    Eastern Orthodoxy: The liturgical cycles: …daily cycle is called the Hōrologion (“The Book of Hours”). The Paschal (Easter) cycle is centred on the Feast of Feasts—i.e., the feast of Christ’s Resurrection. It includes the period of Great Fast (Lent), preceded by three Sundays of preparation and the period of 50 days following Easter. The hymns…

  • Horologion (building, Athens, Greece)

    Tower of the Winds, building in Athens erected about 100–50 bc by Andronicus of Cyrrhus for measuring time. Still standing, it is an octagonal marble structure 42 feet (12.8 m) high and 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter. Each of the building’s eight sides faces a point of the compass and is decorated

  • Horologium (building, Athens, Greece)

    Tower of the Winds, building in Athens erected about 100–50 bc by Andronicus of Cyrrhus for measuring time. Still standing, it is an octagonal marble structure 42 feet (12.8 m) high and 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter. Each of the building’s eight sides faces a point of the compass and is decorated

  • Horologium (astronomy)

    Horologium, (Latin: “Clock”) constellation in the southern sky at about 3 hours right ascension and 50° south in declination. Its brightest star is Alpha Horologii, with a magnitude of 3.9. The French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille formed this constellation in 1754; it represents a pendulum

  • Horologium Oscillatorium (work by Huygens)

    Christiaan Huygens: …publication in 1673 of his Horologium Oscillatorium. That brilliant work contained a theory on the mathematics of curvatures, as well as complete solutions to such problems of dynamics as the derivation of the formula for the time of oscillation of the simple pendulum, the oscillation of a body about a…

  • horopter (psychology)

    human eye: Binocular vision: …point in space, and the horopter is defined as the outward projection of these pairs. One may represent this approximately by a sphere passing through the fixation point, or, if one confines attention to the fixation plane, it may be represented by the so-called Vieth-Müller circle. On this basis, the…

  • horoscope (astrology)

    Horoscope, in astrology, a chart of the heavens, showing the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon, the planets, and the ascendant and midheaven signs of the zodiac at a specific moment in time. A horoscope is used to provide information about the present and to predict events to come. An

  • Horovitz, Adam (American musician and rapper)

    Beastie Boys: …1965, New York City), and Adrock (byname of Adam Horovitz; b. October 31, 1966, South Orange, New Jersey).

  • Horowitz of Lublin, Jacob Isaac (Polish Ḥasidic leader)

    Jacob Isaac ben Asher Przysucha: …he was a disciple of Jacob Isaac Horowitz of Lublin, who was known as “the Seer.” Przysucha gradually established a new form of Ḥasidism, Pshishkhah Ḥasidism, based on his belief that the wholehearted observance of one’s duty as a Jew was of greater value than the performance of miracles, which…

  • Horowitz, James Arnold (American author)

    James Salter, American fiction writer and screenwriter whose work is characterized by a careful, economical use of language and by themes that often involve the passage of time and the losses experienced along the way. Horowitz was raised in New York City and attended Horace Mann School there. At

  • Horowitz, Vladimir (Russian pianist)

    Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-born American virtuoso pianist in the Romantic tradition. He was celebrated for his flawless technique and an almost orchestral quality of tone. Horowitz’s performances of works by Franz Liszt, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin, Aleksandr Scriabin, Domenico Scarlatti,

  • Horoya (Guinean periodical)

    Guinea: Media and publishing: A French-language newspaper, Horoya (“Liberty”), formerly controlled by the PDG, is published in Conakry, as are a handful of weekly independent newspapers. A number of informal newsletters are also published in indigenous languages. A television service was begun in 1977. After much pressure from international groups, in 2006…

  • Horoztepe (ancient site, Turkey)

    Anatolian religion: Prehistoric periods: …discoveries at Alaca Hüyük and Horoztepe in northern Anatolia. Here, dating from the latter half of the 3rd millennium bc (c. 2400–2200), were found royal tombs richly furnished with artifacts in bronze and precious metals. Beside the heads of skeletons lay female figurines; one such figure found in a grave…

  • horreum (building)

    Western architecture: Town planning: Great warehouses, called horrea, served in wholesale commerce.

  • Horrible Bosses (film by Gordon [2011])

    Jennifer Aniston: …retriever; and the dark comedies Horrible Bosses (2011) and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), in which she played against type as a sex-crazed dentist. Aniston also starred in the romantic comedies He’s Just Not That into You (2009), The Bounty Hunter (2010), The Switch (2010), Just Go with It (2011), and…

  • Horrible Bosses 2 (film by Anders [2014])

    Kevin Spacey: Later credits and House of Cards: …Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel. He appeared as an investment bank executive in the thriller Margin Call (2011), which was set during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. In 2016 Spacey starred as U.S. Pres. Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon, about a 1970 encounter between…

  • horribles et épouvantables faits et prouesses du très renommé Pantagruel, roy des Dipsodes, Les (work by Rabelais)

    François Rabelais: Life.: … he published his first novel, Les horribles et épouvantables faits et prouesses du très renommé Pantagruel, roy des Dipsodes (1532; “The Horrible and Terrifying Deeds and Words of the Renowned Pantagruel, King of the Dipsodes”), under the pseudonym Alcofribas Nasier (an obvious anagram of his real name). Pantagruel is slighter…

  • Horrocks, Jane (British actress)

    Absolutely Fabulous: …rounded out by Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Eddy’s dim-witted personal assistant and sometime nemesis. The show focuses on Eddy and Patsy’s juvenile adventures as they try to keep up with the latest fashions, uphold their 1960s counterculture self-images, take various fads to their extremes, and embark on numerous self-improvement schemes…

  • Horrocks, Jeremiah (British astronomer)

    Jeremiah Horrocks, British astronomer and clergyman who applied Johannes Kepler’s laws of planetary motion to the Moon and whose observations of a transit of Venus (1639) are the first recorded. Horrocks studied at the University of Cambridge from 1632 to 1635; he then became a tutor at Toxteth and

  • Horrocks, William (Scottish inventor)

    textile: Power-driven looms: Advances made by William Horrocks of Scotland between 1803 and 1813 included an improvement in the method of taking up the cloth (i.e., winding the woven fabric onto the cloth beam) and making a more compact machine of iron, requiring little space as compared with wooden handlooms.

  • horror film

    Horror film, motion picture calculated to cause intense repugnance, fear, or dread. Horror films may incorporate incidents of physical violence and psychological terror; they may be studies of deformed, disturbed, psychotic, or evil characters; stories of terrifying monsters or malevolent animals;

  • Horror of Dracula (film by Fisher [1958])

    Horror of Dracula, British horror film, released in 1958, that was the first in a series of Dracula films produced by Hammer Films studio in England. A box-office hit, it helped establish Hammer as the successor to the American studio Universal as the leading producer of popular horror cinema. In

  • horror story (narrative genre)

    Horror story, a story in which the focus is on creating a feeling of fear. Such tales are of ancient origin and form a substantial part of the body of folk literature. They can feature supernatural elements such as ghosts, witches, or vampires, or they can address more realistic psychological

  • Horrors of Transportation Briefly Unfolded (work by Ullathorne)

    William Bernard Ullathorne: In 1836 his Horrors of Transportation Briefly Unfolded was published, and in 1838 he gave evidence before the Parliamentary Commission on Transportation, which influenced the abolition of the transportation system.

  • Horrox, Jeremiah (British astronomer)

    Jeremiah Horrocks, British astronomer and clergyman who applied Johannes Kepler’s laws of planetary motion to the Moon and whose observations of a transit of Venus (1639) are the first recorded. Horrocks studied at the University of Cambridge from 1632 to 1635; he then became a tutor at Toxteth and

  • Horry (county, South Carolina, United States)

    Horry, county, extreme eastern South Carolina, U.S. It is a low-lying area on the Coastal Plain bordered to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the northeast by North Carolina, and to the west by the irregular curve of the Lumber, Little Pee Dee, and Great Pee Dee rivers. The area along the

  • Horry, Robert (American basketball player)

    Houston Rockets: …from guard Sam Cassell, forward Robert Horry, and (for the 1994–95 season) forward Clyde Drexler (yet another former University of Houston star).

  • hors d’oeuvre (food)

    appetizer: Hors d’oeuvres, small portions of savoury foods, often highly seasoned, and canapés, small pieces of bread, crackers, or croutons with various toppings, are the classic appetizer categories.

  • Horsa (Anglo-Saxon leader)

    Hengist and Horsa: Horsa, Hengist also spelled Hengest, (respectively d. c. 488; d. 455?), brothers and legendary leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon settlers in Britain who went there, according to the English historian and theologian Bede, to fight for the British king Vortigern against the Picts between ad…

  • Horsa (aircraft)

    Horsa, the main British-built assault glider of World War II. Designed by Airspeed Ltd., the Horsa first flew in September 1941 and went into production shortly thereafter. A high-winged monoplane with a fabric-covered wooden structure and fixed tricycle landing gear, it had a wingspan of 88 feet

  • horse (carpentry)

    hand tool: Workbench and vise: …be sawed and specialized benches—horses—on which the leatherworker or coppersmith sat while facing a raised workpiece. A small workpiece was often held by a strap that was tightened when the craftsperson placed a foot in a loop that formed the free end and dangled beneath the table. Such horses…

  • Horse (sculpture by Duchamp-Villon)

    Raymond Duchamp-Villon: …fully achieved in his masterpiece, Horse (1914), which reduces forms to their geometric essentials and integrates space into the mass of the work. This sculpture is also notable for its dynamic depiction of mechanical motion, a central theme of the Futurists. Duchamp-Villon began to apply Cubist principles to architecture, but…

  • horse (mammal)

    Horse, (Equus caballus), a hoofed herbivorous mammal of the family Equidae. It comprises a single species, Equus caballus, whose numerous varieties are called breeds. Before the advent of mechanized vehicles, the horse was widely used as a draft animal, and riding on horseback was one of the chief

  • Horse and Rider (stars)

    Alcor: …have also been called the Horse and Rider.

  • Horse and Train (painting by Colville)

    Alex Colville: …one of his best-known paintings, Horse and Train (1954), in which a dark horse, its face turned away from the viewer, gallops down railroad tracks toward an oncoming train. Colville’s other works include designs for special issues of Canadian coins commemorating the centenary of Confederation (1967) and for the Governor…

  • horse archer (military)

    tactics: Combined infantry and cavalry: The major exception was horse archers, which were incompatible with a settled way of life and which never caught on in the West. Another was the chariot, which was already obsolescent and, except in backward Britain, disappeared almost completely after its defeat at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331…

  • horse ballet (equestrian display)

    tournament: …tournament eventually degenerated into the carrousel, a kind of equestrian polonaise, and the more harmless sport of tilting at a ring. In modern times there have been occasional romantic revivals, the most famous perhaps being the tournament at Eglinton Castle, in Scotland, in 1839, described in Disraeli’s novel Endymion (1880).…

  • horse bot fly (insect)

    bot fly: Horse bot flies (subfamily Gasterophilinae) include species of Gasterophilus, a serious horse pest. The adult horse fly, often known as a gad fly, deposits between about 400 and 500 eggs (nits) on the horse’s forelegs, nose, lips, and body. The larvae remain in the eggs…

  • horse brass (decoration)

    Horse brass, decorative metal plaque fitted to the martingale, a set of straps attached to saddle and bridle that serve to steady a horse’s head or check its upward movement. The use of these ornaments is of considerable antiquity, but most English horse brass dates from after 1830. Earlier

  • horse cane (plant)

    ragweed: …Roman wormwood, hogweed, hogbrake, and bitterweed, is found across the North American continent. It typically grows about 1 metre (3.5 feet) high and has thin, alternate or opposite, much-divided leaves. The great, or giant, ragweed (A. trifida), also called bitterweed, or horse cane, is native from Quebec to British Columbia…

  • horse chestnut (plant)

    Horse chestnut, any of several trees belonging to the genus Aesculus in the horse chestnut family (Hippocastanaceae), native to the North Temperate Zone. They have palmately compound leaves and erect flower clusters, often in the shape of an inverted cone. Prickly green husks ripen and split in

  • horse clam (mollusk)

    Gaper clam, (Tresus nuttallii and Tresus capax), either of two species of bivalve mollusks of the family Mactridae. These clams live in sand and mud flats along the coast of western North America from Alaska to Baja California. The shells of both species reach about 200 millimetres (8 inches) in l

  • horse collar (harness)

    Horse collar, device of leather, or leather and metal, encircling a horse’s neck, to which traces are attached, used to hitch the animal to a wagon or plow. A Dutch collar consists of a broad band across the chest and a narrow band over the withers; traces are attached to the broad band. A hames

  • horse dressing glass (mirror)

    Cheval glass, tall dressing mirror, suspended between two pillars, usually joined by horizontal bars immediately above and below the mirror and resting on two pairs of long feet. The cheval glass was first made toward the end of the 18th century. The glass could be tilted at any angle by means of

  • Horse Fair, The (painting by Bonheur)

    Rosa Bonheur: The Horse Fair (1853), considered by many to be her masterpiece, was acquired in 1887 by Cornelius Vanderbilt for a record sum and became one of her most widely reproduced works; Vanderbilt donated the piece to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.…

  • Horse Feathers (film by McLeod [1932])

    Norman Z. McLeod: Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields: …reteamed with the brothers on Horse Feathers (1932), which was arguably funnier than Monkey Business. It follows the efforts of a college president (Groucho Marx) to assemble a winning football team. Both comedies were hugely popular and are considered among the Marxes’ greatest films.

  • horse fish (fish family)

    scorpaeniform: Annotated classification: Family Congiopodidae (horse fishes) Moderate-sized fishes with angular bodies and well-developed dorsal fin spines. Scaleless but sometimes rough skins. Size to 75 cm (30 inches). In moderately deep cold waters of Southern Hemisphere, off South America, Australia, and South Africa. 4 genera, 15 species. Suborder Dactylopteroidei Family…

  • horse fly (insect)

    Horse fly, any member of the insect family Tabanidae (order Diptera), but more specifically any member of the genus Tabanus. These stout flies, as small as a housefly or as large as a bumble bee, are sometimes known as greenheaded monsters; their metallic or iridescent eyes meet dorsally in the

  • Horse Frightened by a Lion (work by Stubbs)

    George Stubbs: …attacked by a lion (Horse Frightened by a Lion, 1770) in which he emphasizes the wild terror of the former and the predatory power of the latter.

  • horse gentian (plant)

    Feverwort, any of the four North American plant species of the genus Triosteum, all coarse perennials belonging to the family Caprifoliaceae. Several other species of the genus are East Asian. The common names feverwort, wild ipecac, and horse gentian resulted from former medicinal uses of the

  • Horse Guards Parade (parade ground, Whitehall, London, England, United Kingdom)

    Trooping the Colour: …modern ceremony is held at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall in the presence of the sovereign and each year involves one of the five Household Regiments—Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh guards, all which are operation-ready. After the monarch receives a royal salute and inspects the troops, the massed royal…

  • horse latitude (meteorology)

    Horse latitude, either of two subtropical atmospheric high-pressure belts that encircle Earth around latitudes 30°–35° N and 30°–35° S and that generate light winds and clear skies. Because they contain dry subsiding air, they produce arid climates in the areas below them. The Sahara, for example,

  • Horse period (African arts)

    Tassili-n-Ajjer: …more-schematic figures of the so-called Horse and Camel periods, made when the wheel first appeared about 3,000 years ago.

  • horse pox (pathology)

    pox disease: Horse pox, fowl pox, and mouse pox usually are spread by skin contact. Cowpox (vaccinia) and pseudocowpox (paravaccinia), localized on the udder and teats of cows, are transmissible to human beings by skin contact. Horse pox (contagious pustular stomatitis) is now rare. Swine pox, of…

  • horse racer (athlete)

    horse racing: Open field racing: …identified riders (in England called jockeys—if professional—from the second half of the 17th century and later in French racing), but their names were not at first officially recorded. Only the names of winning trainers and riders were at first recorded in the Racing Calendar, but by the late 1850s all…

  • horse racing (sport)

    Horse racing, sport of running horses at speed, mainly Thoroughbreds with a rider astride or Standardbreds with the horse pulling a conveyance with a driver. These two kinds of racing are called racing on the flat and harness racing, respectively. Some races on the flat—such as steeplechase,

  • Horse Racing’s Revolutionary Running Surfaces

    The trend toward replacing traditional dirt tracks with synthetic surfaces at Thoroughbred race tracks in the United States grew significantly in 2007, lending momentum to one of the most revolutionary concepts in the long history of the sport of horse racing. Although installation costs could run

  • horse sacrifice (Hinduism)

    Ashvamedha, (Sanskrit: “horse sacrifice”) grandest of the Vedic religious rites of ancient India, performed by a king to celebrate his paramountcy. The ceremony is described in detail in various Vedic writings, particularly the Shatapatha Brahmana. An especially fine stallion was selected and was

  • horse show

    Horse show, exhibition of horses and horsemanship, derived from the medieval tournaments and agricultural fairs of Europe. Horse shows range from small, informal affairs to elaborate week-long displays. Horses may be classed and judged by breed, by function (as hunting, jumping, polo, riding, or

  • horse sugar (plant)

    Horse sugar, either of two shrubs or small trees in the genus Symplocos, with 320 species, of the family Symplocaceae. S. paniculata, also known as sapphire berry, is a shrub or small tree native to eastern Asia but cultivated in other regions. It bears white, fragrant flowers in clusters 5–7.5 cm

  • horse trials (equestrian competition)

    Three-day event, equestrian competition, testing the overall abilities of horse and rider in competition at dressage, cross-country and endurance riding, and stadium show jumping. The first day’s event, the dressage competition, tests the horse’s obedience and the rider’s ability. It consists of a

  • Horse Whisperer, The (film by Redford [1998])

    Chris Cooper: …novel; and in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer (1998). In addition, he played the miner father of an aspiring rocket scientist in October Sky (1999) and portrayed the abusive and homophobic Colonel Fitts in American Beauty (1999).

  • Horse Without a Head, The (work by Berna)

    children's literature: The 20th century: …in the United States as The Horse Without a Head and was made into a successful Disney film. A “gang” story, using a hard, unemotional tone that recalls Simenon, it may be the best of its kind since Emil and the Detectives.

  • Horse’s Mouth, The (novel by Cary)

    The Horse’s Mouth, comic novel by Joyce Cary, published in 1944. It was the third volume of a trilogy, which also included Herself Surprised (1941) and To Be a Pilgrim (1942), and was a best seller. The book’s protagonist, Gulley Jimson, is an iconoclastic artist who is consumed with the creative

  • Horse’s Mouth, The (film by Neame [1958])

    The Horse’s Mouth, British screwball comedy film, released in 1958, that starred Alec Guinness as the eccentric fictional artist Gulley Jimson. It was adapted by Guinness from the third part of a trilogy by English novelist Joyce Cary. Jimson is a talented but disreputable artist who has just been

  • Horse, John (African Seminole Indian leader)

    Black Seminoles: …Mexico, in 1849, led by John Horse, also known as Juan Caballo. In Mexico the Black Seminoles (known there as Mascogos) worked as border guards protecting their adopted country from attacks by slave raiders. The Third Seminole War erupted in Florida in 1855 as a result of land disputes between…

  • Horse, The (American football player)

    Alan Ameche, American gridiron football player known for scoring the decisive one-yard touchdown that gave the Baltimore Colts a 23–17 sudden-death victory over the New York Giants for the 1958 National Football League title, an iconic moment in what came to be known as “The Greatest Game Ever

  • horse-drawn hoe (agriculture)
  • horse-guard (insect)

    sand wasp: The horse-guard (Bembix carolina) of the southern United States often hunts for flies around horses. It is about 2.5 cm in length and is black with yellow or yellowish green markings. Microbembex monodonta is found along the seashore. Many sand wasps are black with white, yellow,…

  • horse-riding

    Horsemanship, the art of riding, handling, and training horses. Good horsemanship requires that a rider control the animal’s direction, gait, and speed with maximum effectiveness and minimum efforts. Horsemanship evolved, of necessity, as the art of riding with maximum discernment and a minimum of

  • horse-sacrifice ceremony (Altaic shamanic ritual)

    Central Asian arts: Shamanic ritual: The horse-sacrifice ceremony among the Altaic peoples of east Central Asia, for example, embraces a full range of dramatic elements despite the fact that like all shamanic ritual it is essentially a one-man performance. The ceremony, which lasts two to three days, is one in which…

  • horseback riding

    Horsemanship, the art of riding, handling, and training horses. Good horsemanship requires that a rider control the animal’s direction, gait, and speed with maximum effectiveness and minimum efforts. Horsemanship evolved, of necessity, as the art of riding with maximum discernment and a minimum of

  • horsebean (plant)

    favism: …an allergic-like reaction to the broad, or fava, bean (Vicia faba). Susceptible persons may develop a blood disorder (hemolytic anemia) by eating the beans, or even by walking through a field where the plants are in flower.

  • horsecar (carriage)

    Horsecar, street carriage on rails, pulled by horse or mule, introduced into New York City’s Bowery in 1832 by John Mason, a bank president. The horsecar, precursor of the motorized streetcar, spread to such large cities as Boston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, then to Paris and London, and later

  • horsehair (animal fibre)

    Horsehair, animal fibre obtained from the manes and tails of horses and ranging in length from 8 inches (20 cm) to 3 feet (90 cm) and most often of black colour. It is coarse, strong, lustrous, and resilient and usually has a hollow central canal, or medulla, making it fairly low in density. Hair

  • horsehair fabric (textile)

    horsehair: Horsehair fabric, or haircloth, stiff and with an open weave, is usually made with lengthwise yarns of another fibre, such as cotton, and long, crosswise yarns of horsehair. It is used as interlining or stiffening for tailored garments and millinery but is gradually being replaced for such purposes…

  • horsehair fiddle (musical instrument)

    stringed instrument: Lutes: The Mongolian morin huur (also spelled khuur) is unique in that the two strings are far enough above the fingerboard that most of the pitches are fingered with the face of the nail rather than the end as is common elsewhere in the world. On fiddles without…

  • horsehair worm (invertebrate)

    Horsehair worm, any of the approximately 250 to 300 species of the class Nematomorpha, or Gordiacea (phylum Aschelminthes). The young of these long, thin worms are parasitic in arthropods. The adults are free-living in the sea or in freshwater. The hairlike body sometimes grows to a length of 1 m

  • horsehead fiddle (musical instrument)

    stringed instrument: Lutes: The Mongolian morin huur (also spelled khuur) is unique in that the two strings are far enough above the fingerboard that most of the pitches are fingered with the face of the nail rather than the end as is common elsewhere in the world. On fiddles without…

  • Horsehead Nebula (astronomy)

    Horsehead Nebula, (catalog number IC 434), ionized-hydrogen region in the constellation Orion. The nebula consists of a cloud of ionized gas lit from within by young, hot stars; a dark cloud containing interstellar dust lies immediately in front. The dust absorbs the light from part of the ionized

  • horsehead philodendron (plant)

    philodendron: Major species: Of moderate size is the fiddle-leaf, or horsehead, philodendron (P. bipennifolium), with large fiddle-shaped glossy green leaves up to 15–25 cm (6–10 inches) wide and 45 cm (18 inches) long. Larger types include the spade-leaf philodendron (P. domesticum), with triangular leaves up to 60 cm (24 inches) long, and the…

  • Horseman, Pass By (novel by McMurtry)

    Martin Ritt: Films of the 1960s: …adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel Horseman, Pass By (1961), proved to be the apex of the filmmaker’s career. A beautifully shot, emotionally complex modern western (James Wong Howe won an Academy Award for his cinematography), it featured outstanding performances by Melvyn Douglas (who won the Academy Award as best supporting…

  • horsemanship

    Horsemanship, the art of riding, handling, and training horses. Good horsemanship requires that a rider control the animal’s direction, gait, and speed with maximum effectiveness and minimum efforts. Horsemanship evolved, of necessity, as the art of riding with maximum discernment and a minimum of

  • Horsemen (film by Akerlund [2009])

    Zhang Ziyi: …same name; and the thriller Horsemen (2009). In 2012 Zhang starred in an adaptation of the 18th-century French novel Dangerous Liaisons that transposed its setting to 1930s Shanghai.

  • Horsemen, The (film by Frankenheimer [1971])

    John Frankenheimer: The 1970s and ’80s: The Horsemen (1971), which was set in Afghanistan, had Omar Sharif as a rider who is severely injured during a game of buzkashī and overcomes great obstacles in order to continue competing and prove himself to his father. More successful was The Iceman Cometh (1973),…

  • horsemint (plant genus)

    Monarda, genus of 12 North American plants variously known as bergamot, horsemint, and bee balm, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae), order Lamiales. The flowers are red, rose, lavender, yellow, or white; tubular; two-lipped; and in clusters surrounded by leaflike bracts. M. fistulosa,

  • Horsens (Denmark)

    Horsens, city, eastern Jutland, Denmark. It lies at the head of Horsens Fjord, southwest of Århus. Founded in the 11th or 12th century, Horsens was a fortified town with several monasteries. The port received its first market charter in 1442 and had become a commercial centre by the 18th century.

  • horsepower (unit of measurement)

    Horsepower, the common unit of power; i.e., the rate at which work is done. In the British Imperial System, one horsepower equals 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute—that is, the power necessary to lift a total mass of 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. This value was adopted by the Scottish

  • horseradish (plant)

    Horseradish, (Armoracia rusticana), hardy perennial plant of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) known for its hotly pungent fleshy root, which is made into a condiment or table relish. Native to Mediterranean lands, horseradish is now grown throughout the temperate zones and is a troublesome weed in

  • horseradish tree (plant)

    Moringa, (Moringa oleifera), small deciduous tree (family Moringaceae) native to tropical Asia but also naturalized in Africa and tropical America. Flowers, pods, leaves, and even twigs are cooked and eaten. The leaves, which can also be eaten raw when young, are especially nutritious and are high

  • horseradish tree family (plant family)

    Brassicales: Moringaceae: Members of Moringaceae, or the horseradish tree family, are woody, often quite stout-stemmed shrubs or trees containing one genus, Moringa, with 12 species growing in Madagascar, northeast and southwest Africa, and Arabia, with three species spreading to India. Foliage of Moringaceae often smells unpleasant…

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