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  • Pantani, Marco (Italian athlete)

    Marco Pantani, (“Il Pirata” [“The Pirate”]), Italian cyclist (born Jan. 13, 1970, Cesenatico, Italy—died Feb. 14, 2004, Rimini, Italy), won both the Tour de France, cycling’s premier road race, and the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia) in 1998; he was the first Italian to win the Tour de France since F

  • pantao (Chinese mythology)

    Pantao, (Chinese: “flat peach”) in Chinese Daoist mythology, the peach of immortality that grew in the garden of Xiwangmu (“Queen Mother of the West”). When the fruit ripened every 3,000 years, the event was celebrated by a sumptuous banquet attended by the Baxian (“Eight Immortals”). Xiwangmu

  • Pantar Island (island, Indonesia)

    Pantar Island, island in the Alor group, Nusa Tenggara Timur provinsi (“province”), Indonesia. Pantar lies about 45 miles (72 km) north of Timor, across the Ombai Strait. It is 30 miles (50 km) long north-south and 7 to 18 miles (11 to 29 km) wide east-west, and it has an area of 281 square miles

  • Pantarchy (social theory)

    Victoria Woodhull: …social system he called “Pantarchy”—a theory rejecting conventional marriage and advocating a perfect state of free love combined with communal management of children and property. Woodhull expounded her version of these ideas in a series of articles in the New York Herald in 1870 that were collected in Origin,…

  • Pante Makasar (East Timor)

    East Timor: Geography: Its chief town, Pante Makasar, is a port and has an airport. The hilly offshore island of Atauro, which also has an airport, has a population occupied mainly with fishing. The currency is the U.S. dollar.

  • Pantelleria Island (island, Italy)

    Pantelleria Island, Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia. Of volcanic origin, it rises to 2,743 feet (836 m) at the extinct crater of Magna Grande. The last eruption (underwater to the west of the island) took place in 1891, but hot mineral springs and fumaroles

  • pantellerite (mineral)

    rhyolite: …of this sort are called pantellerite. If both oligoclase and alkali feldspar are prominent among the phenocrysts, the dominant dark silicate will be biotite, and neither amphibole nor pyroxene, if present, will be of an alkaline variety; such lavas are the quartz porphyries or “true” rhyolites of most classifications.

  • Panter, Peter (German writer)

    Kurt Tucholsky, German satirical essayist, poet, and critic, best-known for his cabaret songs. After studying law and serving in World War I, Tucholsky left Germany in 1924 and lived first in Paris and after 1929 in Sweden. He contributed to Rote Signale (1931; “Red Signals”), a collection of

  • Panter-Downes, Mollie Patricia (British writer)

    Mollie Patricia Panter-Downes, British writer who, although virtually unknown in her homeland, was well respected in the United States for her longtime column in The New Yorker, "Letters from London" (1939-84), which earned immediate acclaim on its debut during World War II; her best-known novel

  • Panth (Sikhism)

    Khalsa, (Punjabi: “the Pure”) the purified and reconstituted Sikh community instituted by Guru Gobind Singh on March 30, 1699 (Baisakhi Day; Khalsa Sikhs celebrate the birth of the order on April 13 of each year). His declaration had three dimensions: it redefined the concept of authority within

  • Panth Prakash (work by Ratan Singh Bhangu)

    Sikhism: Devotional and other works: …Bhangu’s Panth Prakash (later termed Prachin Panth Prakash to distinguish it from Gian Singh’s work of the same name), was composed in 1809 and completed in 1841; it is notable for its description and high praise of the Khalsa. The two remaining works are Gian Singh’s Panth Prakash and his…

  • Panthalassa (ancient ocean)

    paleoceanography: …of Pangea, one enormous ocean, Panthalassa, existed on Earth. Currents in this ocean would have been simple and slow, and Earth’s climate was, in all likelihood, warmer than today. The Tethys seaway formed as Pangea broke into Gondwana and Laurasia. In the narrow ocean basins of the central North Atlantic,…

  • Panthalassic Ocean (ancient ocean)

    paleoceanography: …of Pangea, one enormous ocean, Panthalassa, existed on Earth. Currents in this ocean would have been simple and slow, and Earth’s climate was, in all likelihood, warmer than today. The Tethys seaway formed as Pangea broke into Gondwana and Laurasia. In the narrow ocean basins of the central North Atlantic,…

  • Panthalops hodgsoni (mammal)

    Chiru, (Panthalops hodgsoni), a small, gregarious, graceful antelope-like mammal of the family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla) that lives on the high alpine steppes of the Tibetan Plateau. Males carry thin, long horns that curve slightly forward; females are hornless. On each side of the blunt muzzle

  • Panthay Rebellion (Chinese history)

    Yunnan: History: …in Burma (Myanmar), staged the Panthay Rebellion, which was crushed with great cruelty by the Chinese imperial troops, aided by arms from the French authorities in Tonkin (northern Vietnam). In 1915 Cai E, onetime governor of the province, launched in Yunnan his drive to defeat the monarchist movement of Yuan…

  • pantheism

    Pantheism, the doctrine that the universe conceived of as a whole is God and, conversely, that there is no God but the combined substance, forces, and laws that are manifested in the existing universe. The cognate doctrine of panentheism asserts that God includes the universe as a part though not

  • Pantheon (building, Rome, Italy)

    Pantheon, building in Rome that was begun in 27 bc by the statesman Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, probably as a building of the ordinary Classical temple type—rectangular with a gabled roof supported by a colonnade on all sides. It was completely rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian sometime between ad 118

  • Pantheon (work by Godfrey of Viterbo)

    Apollonius of Tyre: …Godfrey of Viterbo in his Pantheon, a late 12th-century verse rendering that treated the story as authentic history, and an account contained in the Gesta Romanorum, a 14th-century collection of folktales. An Anglo-Saxon translation (the first English vernacular version) was made in the 11th century, and the 14th-century poet John…

  • Panthéon (building, Paris, France)

    Panthéon, building in Paris that was begun about 1757 by the architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot as the Church of Sainte-Geneviève to replace a much older church of that name on the same site. It was secularized during the French Revolution and dedicated to the memory of great Frenchmen, receiving

  • Pantheon, Society of the (French revolutionary group)

    François-Noël Babeuf: …position of leadership in the Society of the Pantheon, which sought political and economic equality in defiance of the new French Constitution of 1795. After the society was dissolved in 1796, he founded a “secret directory of public safety” to plan an insurrection.

  • Panthéon-Nadar (work by Nadar)

    Nadar: …1854 he completed his first Panthéon-Nadar, a set of two gigantic lithographs portraying caricatures of prominent Parisians. When he began work on the second Panthéon-Nadar, he made photographic portraits of the persons he intended to caricature. His portraits of the illustrator Gustave Doré (c. 1855) and the poet Charles Baudelaire…

  • Panther (tank)

    tank: World War II: …1943 the Germans introduced the Panther medium tank with a long 75-mm gun having a muzzle velocity of 936 metres (3,070 feet) per second, compared with 384 metres (1,260 feet) per second for the original Pz. IV and 750 metres (2,460 feet) per second for its 1942 version. The 43-ton…

  • panther (mammal)

    Panther, either of two mammals of the cat family (Felidae), the leopard or the puma. For information about large cats characterized by black or dark-coloured fur, see black

  • panther (mammal)

    Leopard, (Panthera pardus), large cat closely related to the lion, tiger, and jaguar. The name leopard was originally given to the cat now called cheetah—the so-called hunting leopard—which was once thought to be a cross between the lion and the pard. The term pard was eventually replaced by the

  • panther cap (fungus)

    amanita: brunnescens) and the panther cap (A. pantherina). Common edible species include Caesar’s mushroom (A. caesarea), the blusher mushroom (A. rubescens), and the grisette (A. vaginata). See also mushroom poisoning.

  • Panther Incident (European history)

    Agadir Incident, event involving a German attempt to challenge French rights in Morocco by sending the gunboat Panther to Agadir in July 1911. The action incited the Second Moroccan Crisis (see Moroccan

  • Panther Party (American organization)

    Black Panther Party, African American revolutionary party, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The party’s original purpose was to patrol African American neighbourhoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality. The Panthers eventually developed into

  • Panthera (mammal genus)

    feline: The so-called “big cats” (genus Panthera), especially the lion, often roar, growl, or shriek. Usually, however, cats are silent. Many cats use “clawing trees,” upon which they leave the marks of their claws as they stand and drag their front feet downward with the claws extended. Whether such behaviour is…

  • Panthera leo (mammal)

    Lion, (Panthera leo), large, powerfully built cat (family Felidae) that is second in size only to the tiger. The proverbial “king of beasts,” the lion has been one of the best-known wild animals since earliest times. Lions are most active at night and live in a variety of habitats but prefer

  • Panthera leo atrox (extinct mammal)

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

  • Panthera leo leo (mammal)

    lion: Distribution: …number of subspecies—such as the Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) of North Africa, the cave lion (P. leo spelaea) of Europe, the American lion (P. leo atrox) of North and Central America, and the Asiatic lion (P. leo persica) of the Middle East and

  • Panthera leo persica (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.

  • Panthera leo spelaea (mammal)

    lion: Distribution: …leo) of North Africa, the cave lion (P. leo spelaea) of Europe, the American lion (P. leo atrox) of North and Central America, and the Asiatic lion (P. leo persica) of the Middle East and India—starting about 124,000 years ago.

  • Panthera nebulosa (mammal)

    Clouded leopard, strikingly marked cat, very similar in colouring and coat pattern to the smaller, unrelated marbled cat (Felis marmorata). There are two species of clouded leopard, which are genetically distinct from one another. Neofelis nebulosa, found on the mainland of southeastern Asia,

  • Panthera onca (mammal)

    Jaguar, (Panthera onca), largest New World member of the cat family (Felidae), once found from the U.S.-Mexican border southward to Patagonia, Argentina. Its preferred habitats are usually swamps and wooded regions, but jaguars also live in scrublands and deserts. The jaguar is virtually extinct in

  • Panthera pardus (mammal)

    Leopard, (Panthera pardus), large cat closely related to the lion, tiger, and jaguar. The name leopard was originally given to the cat now called cheetah—the so-called hunting leopard—which was once thought to be a cross between the lion and the pard. The term pard was eventually replaced by the

  • Panthera pardus fusca (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: …the roughly 9,800-leopard-strong population of Indian leopards (P. pardus fusca) is thought to be increasing. By 2020 the IUCN noted that the populations of the Sri Lankan leopard (P. pardus kotiya) and the Persian leopard (P. pardus saxicolor) were endangered species and the Amur leopard (P. pardus orientalis), Arabian leopard…

  • Panthera pardus kotiya (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: …that the populations of the Sri Lankan leopard (P. pardus kotiya) and the Persian leopard (P. pardus saxicolor) were endangered species and the Amur leopard (P. pardus orientalis), Arabian leopard (P. pardus nimr), and Javan leopard (P. pardus melas) continued to decrease, with several of these subspecies

  • Panthera pardus melas (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: pardus nimr), and Javan leopard (P. pardus melas) continued to decrease, with several of these subspecies declining to critical levels.

  • Panthera pardus nimr (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: pardus orientalis), Arabian leopard (P. pardus nimr), and Javan leopard (P. pardus melas) continued to decrease, with several of these subspecies declining to critical levels.

  • Panthera pardus orientalis (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: …were endangered species and the Amur leopard (P. pardus orientalis), Arabian leopard (P. pardus nimr), and Javan leopard (P. pardus melas) continued to decrease, with several of these subspecies declining to critical levels.

  • Panthera pardus pardus (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: …estimates place the population of African leopards (P. pardus pardus) at more than 700,000 animals, whereas the roughly 9,800-leopard-strong population of Indian leopards (P. pardus fusca) is thought to be increasing. By 2020 the IUCN noted that the populations of the Sri Lankan leopard (P. pardus kotiya) and the Persian…

  • Panthera pardus saxicolor (mammal)

    leopard: Conservation status: pardus kotiya) and the Persian leopard (P. pardus saxicolor) were endangered species and the Amur leopard (P. pardus orientalis), Arabian leopard (P. pardus nimr), and Javan leopard (P. pardus melas) continued to decrease, with several of these subspecies declining to critical levels.

  • Panthera sondaica (mammal)

    tiger: …the mainland of Asia and P. sondaica of Java, Bali, and Sumatra.

  • Panthera tigris (mammal)

    Tiger, (Panthera tigris), largest member of the cat family (Felidae), rivaled only by the lion (Panthera leo) in strength and ferocity. The tiger is endangered throughout its range, which stretches from the Russian Far East through parts of North Korea, China, India, and Southeast Asia to the

  • Panthera tigris altaica (mammal)

    Leipzig Zoological Garden: …2,000 lions and 250 rare Siberian tigers, as well as hundreds of bears and hyenas.

  • Panthera tigris amoyensis (mammal)

    tiger: Tigers and humans: The South China tiger (P. tigris amoyensis) is the most endangered, with only a few dozen animals remaining. The Malayan subspecies (P. tigris jacksoni), which was determined to be genetically distinct from the Indo-Chinese subspecies (P. tigris corbetti) in 2004, is composed of perhaps 500 individuals.…

  • Panthera tigris balica (extinct mammal)

    tiger: Tigers and humans: tigris sondaica), and the Bali (P. tigris balica). Because the tiger is so closely related to the lion, they can be crossbred in captivity. The offspring of such matings are called tigons when the male (sire) is a tiger and ligers when the sire is a lion.

  • Panthera tigris corbetti (mammal)

    tiger: The Indo-Chinese (P. tigris corbetti), and Sumatran (P. tigris sumatrae) tigers are bright reddish tan, beautifully marked with dark, almost black, vertical stripes. The underparts, the inner sides of the limbs, the cheeks, and a large spot over each eye are whitish. The rare Siberian tiger…

  • Panthera tigris jacksoni (mammal)

    tiger: Tigers and humans: The Malayan subspecies (P. tigris jacksoni), which was determined to be genetically distinct from the Indo-Chinese subspecies (P. tigris corbetti) in 2004, is composed of perhaps 500 individuals. The Siberian and Sumatran subspecies number less than 500 each, and the Indo-Chinese population is estimated at less…

  • Panthera tigris sondaica (extinct mammal)

    tiger: Tigers and humans: …virgata) of central Asia, the Javan (P. tigris sondaica), and the Bali (P. tigris balica). Because the tiger is so closely related to the lion, they can be crossbred in captivity. The offspring of such matings are called tigons when the male (sire) is a tiger and ligers when the…

  • Panthera tigris sumatrae (mammal)

    tiger: tigris corbetti), and Sumatran (P. tigris sumatrae) tigers are bright reddish tan, beautifully marked with dark, almost black, vertical stripes. The underparts, the inner sides of the limbs, the cheeks, and a large spot over each eye are whitish. The rare Siberian tiger has longer, softer, and paler…

  • Panthera tigris tigris (mammal)

    tiger: The Indian, or Bengal, tiger (P. tigris tigris) is the most numerous and accounts for about half of the total tiger population. Males are larger than females and may attain a shoulder height of about 1 metre and a length of about 2.2 metres, excluding a tail of…

  • Panthera tigris virgata (extinct mammal)

    tiger: Tigers and humans: … within the past century: the Caspian (P. tigris virgata) of central Asia, the Javan (P. tigris sondaica), and the Bali (P. tigris balica). Because the tiger is so closely related to the lion, they can be crossbred in captivity. The offspring of such matings are called tigons when the male…

  • Panthera uncia (mammal)

    Snow leopard, large long-haired Asian cat, classified as either Panthera uncia or Uncia uncia in the family Felidae. The snow leopard inhabits the mountains of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, ranging from an elevation of about 1,800 metres (about 6,000 feet) in the winter to about 5,500

  • Panticapaeum (Ukraine)

    Kerch, city and seaport, Crimea republic, southern Ukraine, on the western shore of the Strait of Kerch at the head of a small bay. Founded in the 6th century bc by Miletan Greeks, it flourished as a trading centre, and in the 5th century it became the capital of the kingdom of the Cimmerian

  • Panticapaion (Ukraine)

    Kerch, city and seaport, Crimea republic, southern Ukraine, on the western shore of the Strait of Kerch at the head of a small bay. Founded in the 6th century bc by Miletan Greeks, it flourished as a trading centre, and in the 5th century it became the capital of the kingdom of the Cimmerian

  • panting (physiology)

    Panting, a method of cooling, used by many mammals, most birds, and some reptiles, accomplished by means of the evaporation of water from internal body surfaces. As the animal’s body temperature rises, its respiration rate increases sharply; cooling results from the evaporation of water in the

  • Pantjasila (Indonesian political philosophy)

    Pancasila, the Indonesian state philosophy, formulated by the Indonesian nationalist leader Sukarno. It was first articulated on June 1, 1945, in a speech delivered by Sukarno to the preparatory committee for Indonesia’s independence, which was sponsored by the Japanese during their World War II

  • pantobase airplane (aircraft)

    seaplane: …War II development was the pantobase, or all-base, airplane incorporating devices for operating from water or from a variety of unprepared surfaces such as snow, ice, mud, and sod.

  • Pantodon buchholzi (fish)

    osteoglossomorph: General features: …the arowana [Scleropages], and the butterfly fish [Pantodon]) in Africa, South America, and Australasia (believed by many authorities to have once been joined as a single landmass called Gondwana) is of particular zoogeographical interest.

  • pantograph

    Pantograph, instrument for duplicating a motion or copying a geometric shape to a reduced or enlarged scale. It consists of an assemblage of rigid bars adjustably joined by pin joints; as the point of one bar is moved over the outline to be duplicated, the motion is translated to a point on

  • Pantokrator Mountain (mountain, Corfu, Greece)

    Corfu: …and reaches a peak in Pantokrator Mountain (2,972 feet [906 metres]); the other range, in the island’s centre, is lower.

  • Pantomime (work by Walcott)

    Derek Walcott: …to overpower the Devil; and Pantomime (1978), an exploration of colonial relationships through the Robinson Crusoe story. The Odyssey: A Stage Version appeared in 1993. Many of Walcott’s plays make use of themes from black folk culture in the Caribbean.

  • pantomime (theatre)

    mime and pantomime: By extension, the mime and pantomime has come to be in modern times the art of portraying a character or a story solely by means of body movement (as by realistic and symbolic gestures). Analogous forms of traditional non-Western theatre are sometimes also characterized as mime or pantomime.

  • pantomime ballet

    ballet d'action: …is considered the originator of pantomime ballet, a drama in dance form that became formalized as the classical ballet d’action later in the century. The choreographers Angiolini, Franz Hilverding, van Wewen, and especially Noverre became its advocates. Noverre’s Lettres sur la danse, et sur les ballets (1760) is the authoritative…

  • pantomimi (ancient Roman dancers)

    Pantomimus, nonspeaking dancer in the Roman theatre who performed dramatic scenes, acting all the characters in a story in succession using only masks, body movement, and rhythmic gestures. The pantomimus, whose name means “imitator of everything,” was the central figure of an entertainment that

  • pantomimos (theatre)

    mime and pantomime: By extension, the mime and pantomime has come to be in modern times the art of portraying a character or a story solely by means of body movement (as by realistic and symbolic gestures). Analogous forms of traditional non-Western theatre are sometimes also characterized as mime or pantomime.

  • pantomimus (theatre)

    mime and pantomime: By extension, the mime and pantomime has come to be in modern times the art of portraying a character or a story solely by means of body movement (as by realistic and symbolic gestures). Analogous forms of traditional non-Western theatre are sometimes also characterized as mime or pantomime.

  • pantomimus (ancient Roman dancers)

    Pantomimus, nonspeaking dancer in the Roman theatre who performed dramatic scenes, acting all the characters in a story in succession using only masks, body movement, and rhythmic gestures. The pantomimus, whose name means “imitator of everything,” was the central figure of an entertainment that

  • Panton, William (British merchant)

    Alexander McGillivray: …go to a British merchant, William Panton.

  • Pantopoda (arthropod class, Pycnogonida)

    Sea spider, any of the spiderlike marine animals comprising the class Pycnogonida (also called Pantopoda) of the phylum Arthropoda. Sea spiders walk about on the ocean bottom on their slender legs or crawl among plants and animals; some may tread water. Most pycnogonids have four pairs of long l

  • pantothenic acid (chemical compound)

    Pantothenic acid, water-soluble vitamin essential in animal metabolism. Pantothenic acid, a growth-promoting substance for yeast and certain bacteria, appears to be synthesized by bacteria in the intestines of the higher animals. It was first isolated from liver cells in 1938 and was first

  • pantothere (fossil mammal)

    Amphitherium: …the earliest representative of the pantotheres, a group of early mammals that, it is believed, represents the stock that gave rise to all the higher mammals of later times. Amphitherium is known from a lower jaw found in Europe and is characterized by the large number and distinctive structure of…

  • Pantotheria (fossil mammal)

    Amphitherium: …the earliest representative of the pantotheres, a group of early mammals that, it is believed, represents the stock that gave rise to all the higher mammals of later times. Amphitherium is known from a lower jaw found in Europe and is characterized by the large number and distinctive structure of…

  • pantoum (poetic form)

    Pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form in French and English. The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming abab in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme (as bcbc, cdcd). The first

  • Pantridge, Frank (British physician)

    Frank Pantridge, (James Francis Pantridge), Irish-born cardiologist (born Oct. 3, 1916, Hillsborough, Ire. [now N.Ire.]—died Dec. 26, 2004), developed (1965) the first portable heart defibrillator, a life-saving device for providing rapid emergency treatment to heart-attack victims. D

  • Pantridge, James Francis (British physician)

    Frank Pantridge, (James Francis Pantridge), Irish-born cardiologist (born Oct. 3, 1916, Hillsborough, Ire. [now N.Ire.]—died Dec. 26, 2004), developed (1965) the first portable heart defibrillator, a life-saving device for providing rapid emergency treatment to heart-attack victims. D

  • Pantry, The (painting by Hooch)

    Pieter de Hooch: , The Pantry (c. 1658), A Mother Beside a Cradle (c. 1659–60), and At the Linen Closet (1663). These depictions of the serene simplicity of Dutch domestic life are free of sentimentality. Largely done between about 1655 and 1663 while de Hooch was living in Delft,…

  • pants (clothing)

    Trousers, an outer garment covering the lower half of the body from the waist to the ankles and divided into sections to cover each leg separately. In attempting to define trousers, historians often explain that if any portion of a garment passed between the legs, it was an ancestor of this

  • pants suit (clothing)

    suit: …matching jackets and trousers (pantsuits).

  • pantsuit (clothing)

    suit: …matching jackets and trousers (pantsuits).

  • pantun (poetic form)

    Indonesia: Literature: …expressive, often witty quatrains called pantun is common in most Malay areas throughout the archipelago. Some pantun performances are narrative; the kentrung traditions of central and eastern Java, for instance, use pantun structure to recount religious or local historical tales to the accompaniment of a drum. In central Java macapat,…

  • panty hose (hosiery)

    textile: Weft knitting: Tights or panty hose are a combination of hosiery and underwear and can be fully fashioned. Seamless panty hose are made on circular hose machines modified to make very long stockings with open tops, two of which are cut open at opposite sides and seamed together front…

  • Pantycelyn, Williams (British religious leader)

    William Williams, leader of the Methodist revival in Wales and its chief hymn writer. His parents were Nonconformists, and he was educated at a Nonconformist academy at Llwyn-llwyd, near Hay. While there he was converted by the preaching of the religious reformer Howell Harris (1714–73) and in 1740

  • Pánuco River (river, Mexico)

    Pánuco River, river in Veracruz state, east-central Mexico. Formed by the junction of the Moctezuma and Tamuín rivers on the San Luis Potosí–Veracruz state line, the Pánuco meanders generally east-northeastward past the town of Pánuco to the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles (10 km) below Tampico. Just

  • Panufnik, Sir Andrzej (British composer and conductor)

    Sir Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-born British composer and conductor, who created compositions in a distinctive contemporary Polish style though he worked in a wide variety of genres. Panufnik’s father was an instrument maker, and his mother a violinist and his first teacher. He began composing at age

  • Panum’s fusional area (psychology)

    human eye: Binocular vision: This is called Panum’s fusional area; it is the area on one retina such that any point in it will fuse with a single point on the other retina.

  • Panurge (fictional character)

    Panurge, fictional character, the humorous, often roguish companion of Pantagruel in the satirical Pantagruel books by François Rabelais. His indecisiveness about marrying gives rise to many philosophical debates about women and marriage. See also Gargantua and

  • Panuridae (bird)

    Panuridae, family of songbirds, order Passeriformes, consisting of the parrotbills (see photograph) and bearded tits, about 19 species of small titmouselike birds found in the thickets of temperate Eurasia. Members range in size from 10 to 17.5 cm (4 to 7 inches) long. They are distinguished

  • Panurus biarmicus (bird)

    Reedling, (species Panurus biarmicus), songbird often placed in the family Panuridae (order Passeriformes) but also sometimes classified with the Sylviidae or Timaliidae. It lives in reedy marshes from England to eastern Asia. About 16 cm (6.5 inches) long, the male wears subtle reddish, yellowish,

  • Panyassis (epic poet)

    Panyassis, epic poet from Halicarnassus, on the coast of Asia Minor. Panyassis was the uncle (or cousin) of the historian Herodotus. He was condemned to death by the tyrant Lygdamis about 460 bc. The Roman rhetorician Quintilian stated that some later critics regarded Panyassis’s work as being

  • Panych, Morris (Canadian playwright and actor)

    Canadian literature: Drama: Playwright and actor Morris Panych achieved renown for the nonverbal The Overcoat (1997), 7 Stories (1990), and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2003). Michael Healey’s critically acclaimed The Drawer Boy (1999), set in 1972, depicts the turbulent relationship between two farmers and a young actor researching rural life…

  • Panza, Sancho (fictional character)

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