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  • Pectinophora gossypiella (insect)

    gelechiid moth: The pink bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella) is one of the most destructive pests of cotton. Though probably native to India, it is now distributed worldwide. It bores into cotton bolls, devouring blossoms and seeds. The pinkish-coloured larva generally pupates in a cocoon inside a boll or seed,…

  • pectoral (jewelry)

    jewelry: Egyptian: …was utilized in the small pectoral or pendant (3.3 × 2.4 inches [8.4 × 6.1 cm]) that belonged to Sesostris III in the 12th dynasty (1938–1756 bce) and is now housed in the Egyptian Museum. The superbly rhythmic composition is framed by an architectonic design obtained by leaving open all…

  • pectoral fin (zoology)

    skeleton: Limbs: The pectoral fin of the elasmobranchs possesses basal cartilages that articulate with the pectoral girdle. They carry a number of radial cartilages consisting of varying numbers of short segments; beyond these are located delicate fin rays.

  • pectoral girdle (anatomy)

    muscle: Tetrapod musculature: In tetrapods, unlike fishes, the pectoral girdle does not have a solid bony connection to the axial skeleton but rather is supported by a series of muscles derived from the outer layer of hypaxial trunk muscles. This is no doubt another adaptation to life in an air environment, where the…

  • pectoralis major (anatomy)

    pectoralis muscle: … (breastbone) in the human body: pectoralis major and pectoralis minor.

  • pectoralis minor (anatomy)

    pectoralis muscle: The pectoralis minor lies, for the most part, beneath the pectoralis major, arising from the middle ribs and inserting into (attaching to) the scapula (shoulder blade). It aids in drawing the shoulder forward and downward (in opposition to the trapezius muscle).

  • pectoralis muscle (anatomy)

    Pectoralis muscle, any of the muscles that connect the front walls of the chest with the bones of the upper arm and shoulder. There are two such muscles on each side of the sternum (breastbone) in the human body: pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. The pectoralis major, the larger and more

  • pectus excavatum (birth defect)

    Pectus excavatum, a chest deformity caused by depression of the breastbone, or sternum. Pectus excavatum is generally not noticeable at birth but becomes more evident with age unless surgically corrected. In most instances the abnormality is due to a shortened central tendon of the diaphragm, the

  • peculiar motion (astronomy)

    Milky Way Galaxy: Solar motion calculations from radial velocities: …the second is that the peculiar motions—the motions of individual stars with respect to that standard of rest—are randomly distributed. Considering the geometry then provides a mathematical solution for the motion of the Sun through the average rest frame of the stars being considered.

  • peculiar velocity (astronomy)

    cosmology: Friedmann-Lemaître models: A nonzero peculiar velocity for an emitting galaxy with respect to its local cosmological frame can be taken into account by Doppler-shifting the emitted photons before applying the cosmological redshift factor; i.e., the observed redshift would be a product of two factors. When the observed redshift is…

  • peculium (Roman law)

    slavery: Family and property: …and use property in a peculium that was legally revocable but could be used to purchase their freedom. This provision gave slaves an incentive to work as well as the hope of eventual manumission.

  • peculium castrense (Roman law)

    patria potestas: …they earned as soldiers (peculium castrense). By Justinian’s day (527–565), the rules of peculium castrense were extended to many sorts of professional earnings; and in other acquisitions, such as property inherited from the mother, the father’s rights were reduced to a life interest.

  • ped (pedology)

    soil: Water runoff: …by human intervention are called peds. The peds in the surface horizons of soils develop into clods under the effects of cultivation and the traffic of urbanization. Soils whose A horizon is dense and unstructured increase the fraction of precipitation that will become surface runoff and have a high potential…

  • pedagogical content knowledge (education)

    Lee S. Shulman: …with coining the phrase “pedagogical content knowledge,” which he used to emphasize the need for teachers to integrate their knowledge of subject matter with content-specific pedagogical strategies so as to produce successful teaching outcomes. From his research a model of pedagogical reasoning was developed that details activities that engage…

  • Pedagogical Seminary (American periodical)

    G. Stanley Hall: …the Pedagogical Seminary (later the Journal of Genetic Psychology), was founded by Hall in 1893.

  • Pedagogicheskaya poema (work by Makarenko)

    Anton Makarenko: The Road to Life; or, Epic of Education), recounts his educational work at Gorky Colony. Kniga dlya roditeley (1937; A Book for Parents) and Flagi na bashnyakh (1939; “Flags on the Battlements”; Eng. trans. Learning to Live) explore the theory of collective education. Makarenko regarded…

  • pedagogy

    Pedagogy, study of teaching methods, including the aims of education and the ways in which such goals may be achieved. The field relies heavily on educational psychology, which encompasses scientific theories of learning, and to some extent on the philosophy of education, which considers the aims

  • Pedair Cainc y Mabinogi (Welsh literature)

    The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, four distinct but linked Welsh narratives compiled some time between the latter half of the 11th century and the early 13th century. Believed to be the work of a single redactor, the Four Branches have deep, often clearly visible roots in Celtic myth and folklore,

  • pedal (musical instrument device)

    keyboard instrument: The English action: …two or, at most, three pedals. One of the two ordinary pedals shifted the keyboard sideways so that the hammers struck two or only one of the three strings provided for each note. The second pedal raised all the dampers. It was sometimes replaced by two pedals—one for the treble…

  • pedal (bicycle part)

    bicycle: Treadles and pedals: powered velocipedes: There is evidence that a small number of two-wheeled machines with rear treadle drives were built in southwestern Scotland during the early 1840s. Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a blacksmith of Dumfriesshire, is most often associated with these. He is said to have traveled 40…

  • pedal disk (invertebrate anatomy)

    sea anemone: …are typically attached by the pedal disk, or base, to a hard surface such as a rock, wharf timber, a seashell, or the back of a crab. Most seldom move; some occasionally creep very slowly or move in a slow somersaulting fashion. Members of certain genera (e.g., Edwardsia, Halcampa, Peachia)…

  • pedal gland (zoology)

    chemoreception: Territorial behaviour: …adding the secretion of the pedal glands to the dung. Similar to the preorbital gland secretions, the pedal gland secretions are very complex, and bontebok contain over 80 compounds of different classes. Territorial males habitually defecate at the same sites, and they do so frequently. Male oribi may defecate up…

  • pedal harp (musical instrument)

    Pedal harp, musical instrument in which pedals control a mechanism raising the pitch of given strings by a semitone (single action) or by both a semitone and a whole tone (double action). The modern double-action pedal harp, the standard orchestral harp, covers six and a half octaves (three below

  • pedal locomotion (biology)

    locomotion: Bottom locomotion: In pedal locomotion, which is a slow, continuous gliding that is superficially indistinguishable from ciliary locomotion, propulsion along the bottom is generated by the passage of contraction waves through the ventral musculature, which is in contact with the bottom surface. The pedal contraction waves are either…

  • pedal organ (musical device)

    organ: …from several keyboards and a pedal board. Under their control are the various ranks of wooden and metal pipes of differing length and shape. These fall into the two distinct categories of flue pipes and reeds.

  • pedal point (music)

    Pedal point, in music, a tone sustained through several changes of harmony that may be consonant or dissonant with it; in instrumental music it is typically in the bass. The name originates from the technique of prolonging a tone on the pedal keyboard of the organ; hence the occasional use, chiefly

  • pedal retractor muscle (mollusk anatomy)

    bivalve: Locomotion: …are the anterior and posterior pedal retractors. They retract the foot and effect back-and-forth movements. The foot is extended as blood is pumped into it, and it is prevented from overinflating by concentric rings of circular, oblique, and longitudinal muscle fibres, which also help to direct pedal extension and permit…

  • pedal tone (music)

    Pedal point, in music, a tone sustained through several changes of harmony that may be consonant or dissonant with it; in instrumental music it is typically in the bass. The name originates from the technique of prolonging a tone on the pedal keyboard of the organ; hence the occasional use, chiefly

  • pedal-board (musical device)

    organ: …from several keyboards and a pedal board. Under their control are the various ranks of wooden and metal pipes of differing length and shape. These fall into the two distinct categories of flue pipes and reeds.

  • pedalboard (musical device)

    organ: …from several keyboards and a pedal board. Under their control are the various ranks of wooden and metal pipes of differing length and shape. These fall into the two distinct categories of flue pipes and reeds.

  • pedalfer (soil)

    China: Soils: …south of this line are pedalfers (leached noncalcareous soils), which are neutral to acid.

  • Pedaliaceae (plant family)

    Lamiales: Pedaliaceae: Pedaliaceae, the sesame family, is a small family of 14 genera and 70 species. Its native distribution is exclusively Old World, in tropical and dry habitats, and its best-known member is Sesamum indicum (sesame). These are herbs or shrubs with spurred flowers and ovaries…

  • Pedalion (work by Nicodemus the Hagiorite)

    Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite: Nicodemus’ outstanding work, the Pedalion, or Rudder of the Ship of Knowledge, is a commentary on Greek church law. Its bias against the Latin church, although partly attributable to interpolations by another editor, reflects the author’s negative feelings toward the institutions of Western Christianity. Nicodemus did not hesitate, however,…

  • Pédant joué, Le (work by Cyrano de Bergerac)

    Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac: …of blasphemy, and a comedy, Le Pédant joué (published 1654; “The Pedant Imitated”). As long as classicism was the established taste, Le Pédant joué, a colossal piece of fooling, was despised; but its liveliness appeals to modern readers as it did to Molière, who based two scenes of Les Fourberies…

  • Pedder, Lake (lake, Tasmania, Australia)

    Gordon River: …have created Lakes Gordon and Pedder, the former of which is one of the largest freshwater storage reservoirs in Australia. Lake Gordon has a surface area of 105 square miles (272 square km) and a storage capacity of 399,621,000,000 cubic feet (11,316,000,000 cubic m). Lake Pedder has a surface area…

  • Peddlers’ War (Brazilian history)

    Recife: …what is now called the War of the Mascates (i.e., peddlers) because the small tradesmen of Recife tried to organize a municipality of their own. In 1827 Recife became the official capital of the province of Pernambuco.

  • Pedernales (Dominican Republic)

    Pedernales, city, southwestern Dominican Republic, on the Caribbean coast just across from Anse-à-Pitre, Haiti. It was founded in 1915 and serves as a commercial centre for the surrounding agricultural region, which yields principally sugarcane, coffee, corn (maize), and tubers. Bauxite is mined

  • Pedersen conductivity (physics)

    geomagnetic field: Convective electrojets: …is referred to as the Pedersen conductivity, and it is usually a factor of two less than the Hall conductivity perpendicular to the electric field. Consequently, the electrojet currents are actually stronger than the north–south ionospheric currents connecting the Region 1 and Region 2 currents. Typical disturbances produced by the…

  • Pedersen, Carl-Henning (Danish artist)

    Carl-Henning Pedersen, Danish artist (born Sept. 23, 1913 , Copenhagen, Den.—died Feb. 20, 2007, Copenhagen), was a significant figure in the short-lived (1949–51) but influential COBRA (an acronym for Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam) group of Expressionist painters, with whom he exhibited some

  • Pedersen, Charles J. (American chemist)

    Charles J. Pedersen, American chemist who, along with Jean-Marie Lehn and Donald J. Cram, was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his synthesis of the crown ethers—a group of organic compounds that would selectively react with other atoms and molecules much as do the molecules in living

  • Pedersen, Charles John (American chemist)

    Charles J. Pedersen, American chemist who, along with Jean-Marie Lehn and Donald J. Cram, was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his synthesis of the crown ethers—a group of organic compounds that would selectively react with other atoms and molecules much as do the molecules in living

  • Pedersen, Christiern (Danish humanist)

    Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist who was among the first to rediscover Denmark’s national literary and historical heritage and to encourage the development of a vernacular style in Danish literature. Pedersen studied at Greifswald and took orders in 1505. In 1508 he went to Paris and there

  • Pedersen, Holger (Danish linguist)

    Holger Pedersen, Danish linguist of exceptional accomplishment, especially in comparative Celtic grammar. After receiving his doctorate in 1897, Pedersen proceeded, as professor at the University of Copenhagen, to enrich language science with an enormous number of books and articles of high

  • Pedersen, Johannes Peder Ejler (Danish scholar)

    Johannes Peder Ejler Pedersen, Danish Old Testament scholar and Semitic philologist, important for his conception of Israelite culture and modes of thought based on religio-historical and sociological studies. Pedersen matriculated at the University of Copenhagen in 1902 as a student of divinity.

  • Pedersen, Knut (Norwegian author)

    Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist, dramatist, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920. A leader of the Neoromantic revolt at the turn of the century, he rescued the novel from a tendency toward excessive naturalism. Of peasant origin, Hamsun spent most of his childhood in remote

  • Pedersen, Terje (Norwegian athlete)

    athletics: The javelin throw: Terje Pedersen (Norway) broke the 300-foot (91.44-metre) barrier in 1964, and by 1984 Uwe Hohn (East Germany) had thrown a prodigious 104.80 metres (343.8 feet), a throw so great that it influenced a change in the design of the javelin to keep it within the…

  • Pedersoli, Carlo (Italian actor)

    Bud Spencer, (Carlo Pedersoli), Italian actor (born Oct. 31, 1929, Naples, Italy—died June 27, 2016, Rome, Italy), starred in dozens of spaghetti westerns and comedies that won him many fans throughout the world; his admirers included American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Australian actor

  • Pederson, Doug (American football coach)

    Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles hired Doug Pederson as head coach in 2016. Pederson, a former Reid assistant coach, instituted an innovative offense that took the NFL by storm behind the play of breakout quarterback Carson Wentz during the 2017 season. The Eagles won a division title and advanced to the…

  • pedestal (architecture)

    Pedestal, in Classical architecture, support or base for a column, statue, vase, or obelisk. Such a pedestal may be square, octagonal, or circular. The name is also given to the vertical members that divide the sections of a balustrade. A single pedestal may also support a group of columns, or

  • pedestal crater (geology)

    Mars: Southern cratered highlands: …the Moon; and rampart and pedestal craters. Hellas, the largest impact basin on Mars, is 8 km (5 miles) deep and about 7,000 km (4,350 miles) across, including the broad elevated ring surrounding the depression. Most of the craters measuring tens to hundreds of kilometres across are highly eroded in…

  • pedestal rock

    Perched rock, boulder balanced on a pinnacle rock, another boulder, or in some other precarious position. Some perched rocks form in place, as where rainwash (and in some cases wind) has removed fine material from around the boulder. Others may be transported by tectonic forces (involved in

  • pedestrian curricle (bicycle)

    bicycle: Draisiennes, hobby-horses, and other velocipedes: The first two-wheeled rider-propelled machine for which there is indisputable evidence was the draisienne, invented by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun of Germany. In 1817 he rode it for 14 km (9 miles), and the following year he exhibited it…

  • Pedetes (mammal genus)

    spring hare: The extinct genus Pedetes lived in Africa during the Early Pliocene Epoch, probably in habitats similar to those occupied by the living species. A much larger version of the spring hare (genus Megapedetes) lived during Miocene times in Asia.

  • Pedetes capensis (rodent)

    Spring hare, (Pedetes capensis), a bipedal grazing rodent indigenous to Africa. About the size of a rabbit, the spring hare more closely resembles a giant jerboa in having a short round head, a thick muscular neck, very large eyes, and long, narrow upright ears. Like jerboas, it has short forelegs

  • Pedetidae (rodent family)

    spring hare: …only member of the family Pedetidae, which was recently placed, along with anomalures, in a separate suborder of rodents, Anomaluromorpha. The spring hare’s closest relatives are represented only by fossils. The extinct genus Pedetes lived in Africa during the Early Pliocene Epoch, probably in habitats similar to those occupied by…

  • Pedi (people)

    Pedi, a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting Limpopo province, South Africa, and constituting the major group of the Northern Sotho ethnolinguistic cluster of peoples, who numbered about 3,700,000 in the late 20th century. Their traditional territory, which is known as Bopedi, is located between the

  • Pediaíos River (river, Cyprus)

    Pedieos River, river in central and eastern Cyprus. It rises in the Troodos range and flows in a northeasterly direction toward Nicosia, where it takes an easterly turn through the part of the central lowlands called the Mesaoria Plain toward Famagusta Bay. Although the longest (about 60 miles [

  • Pediastrum (genus of green algae)

    Pediastrum, genus of colonial green algae (family Hydrodictyaceae), comprising part of the freshwater plankton. Pediastrum colonies are disk-shaped and are characterized by peripheral hornlike projections. The number of cells per colony varies (2–128) depending on the species. Young cells are

  • pediatric dentistry (dentistry)

    Pedodontics, dental specialty that deals with the care of children’s teeth. The pedodontist is extensively concerned with prevention, which includes instruction in proper diet, use of fluoride, and practice of oral hygiene. The pedodontist’s routine practice deals basically with caries (tooth

  • pediatrics (medicine)

    Pediatrics, medical specialty dealing with the development and care of children and with the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases. The first important review of childhood illness, an anonymous European work called The Children’s Practice, dates from the 12th century. The specialized focus

  • pedicab (vehicle)

    Pedicab, three-wheeled vehicle with a hooded carriage body balanced on two of the wheels. The body may be placed in front or in back of the driver, who propels the vehicle by pedaling. Pedicabs are the successors to rickshaws and have been widely used in East and Southeast Asia. The pedicab has

  • pedicel (plant part)

    inflorescence: Indeterminate inflorescence.: …a short stalk, called a pedicel. An example of a raceme is found in the snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus).

  • pedicel (glomerulus anatomy)

    renal system: Glomerular filtration: …by slender cytoplasmic extensions called pedicels (foot processes). These processes are slightly expanded at their point of contact with the basement membrane and are separated from each other by slitlike spaces about 20 to 30 nanometres across. A fine membrane (slit diaphragm) closes the slitlike spaces near the basement membrane.

  • pedicel (arachnid anatomy)

    spider: External features: …by a narrow stalk, the pedicel. The gut, nerve cord, blood vessels, and sometimes the respiratory tubules (tracheae) pass through the narrow pedicel, which allows the body movements necessary during web construction. Among arachnids other than spiders, the tailless whip scorpions (order Amblypygi) have a pedicel but lack spinnerets. Spiders,…

  • pedicellaria (zoology)

    echinoderm: Asexual reproduction: …lost spines, pincerlike organs called pedicellariae, and small areas of the internal skeleton, or test.

  • pedicle (brachiopod anatomy)

    lamp shells: Reproduction: In inarticulate larvae the pedicle, a stalklike organ, develops from a so-called mantle fold along the valve margin; in articulates it develops from the caudal, or hind, region.

  • Pedicularis (plant)

    Lousewort, herbaceous plant of the genus Pedicularis (in the broomrape family, Orobanchaceae), which contains about 350 species found throughout the Northern Hemisphere but especially on the mountains of Central and eastern Asia. Louseworts have bilaterally symmetrical flowers, sometimes highly

  • Pedicularis groenlandica (plant)

    lousewort: For example, the little elephant (P. groenlandica) presents the aspect of head, trunk, and ears of an elephant in its pink flowers, which are 2.5 cm (1 inch) long.

  • pediculosis (pathology)

    insect bite and sting: Pediculosis is the skin disorder caused by various species of bloodsucking lice that infect the scalp, groin, and body. The lice live on or close to the skin and attach their eggs to the hair or clothing of the host, on which they periodically feed.…

  • pediculosis pubis (pathology)

    sexually transmitted disease: Pubic lice: Finally, a common infestation is pediculosis pubis. The crab louse, Phthirus pubis, infests the hair of the pubic region, where louse eggs, or nits, are attached to the hairs. After about one week the larvae hatch, and in about two weeks they develop into mature crab lice. The lice attach…

  • Pediculus (insect genus)

    relapsing fever: …to another by lice (genus Pediculus) and from animals to humans by ticks (genus Ornithodoros). The tick-borne disease is frequently contracted by persons visiting wooded campsites or cabins. The louse-borne disease spreads under conditions of crowding, cold weather, and poor hygiene, all of which favour the spread of lice. Epidemics…

  • Pediculus humanus (insect)

    Human louse, (Pediculus humanus), a common species of sucking louse in the family Pediculidae (suborder Anoplura, order Phthiraptera) that is found wherever human beings live, feeds on blood, and can be an important carrier of epidemic typhus and other louse-borne human diseases such as trench

  • Pediculus humanus capitis (insect)

    human louse: …subspecies, Pediculus humanus capitis, the head louse, and P. humanus humanus, the body louse, or cootie.

  • Pediculus humanus corporis (insect)

    human louse: humanus humanus, the body louse, or cootie.

  • Pediculus humanus humanus (insect)

    human louse: humanus humanus, the body louse, or cootie.

  • Pedieas River (river, Cyprus)

    Pedieos River, river in central and eastern Cyprus. It rises in the Troodos range and flows in a northeasterly direction toward Nicosia, where it takes an easterly turn through the part of the central lowlands called the Mesaoria Plain toward Famagusta Bay. Although the longest (about 60 miles [

  • Pedieos River (river, Cyprus)

    Pedieos River, river in central and eastern Cyprus. It rises in the Troodos range and flows in a northeasterly direction toward Nicosia, where it takes an easterly turn through the part of the central lowlands called the Mesaoria Plain toward Famagusta Bay. Although the longest (about 60 miles [

  • pedigree (genetics)

    Pedigree, a record of ancestry or purity of breed. Studbooks (listings of pedigrees for horses, dogs, etc.) and herdbooks (records for cattle, swine, sheep, etc.) are maintained by governmental or private record associations or breed organizations in many countries. In human genetics, pedigree

  • pedigree selection (animal husbandry)

    selection: …and quality is known as pedigree selection. Progeny selection indicates choice of breeding stock on the basis of the performance or testing of their offspring or descendants. Family selection refers to mating of organisms from the same ancestral stock that are not directly related to each other. Pure-line selection involves…

  • Pedilanthus tithymaloides (plant)

    Redbird cactus, (Pedilanthus tithymaloides), succulent plant, of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), native from Florida to Venezuela and sometimes grown in tropical rock gardens or as a pot plant in the north. (It is not a true cactus.) It is called devil’s backbone, for the zigzag form some

  • Pedilavium (religious rite)

    Foot washing, a religious rite practiced by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week (preceding Easter) and by members of some other Christian churches in their worship services. The early Christian church introduced the custom to imitate the humility and selfless

  • pediment (architecture)

    Pediment, in architecture, triangular gable forming the end of the roof slope over a portico (the area, with a roof supported by columns, leading to the entrance of a building); or a similar form used decoratively over a doorway or window. The pediment was the crowning feature of the Greek temple

  • pediment (geology)

    Pediment, in geology, any relatively flat surface of bedrock (exposed or veneered with alluvial soil or gravel) that occurs at the base of a mountain or as a plain having no associated mountain. Pediments, sometimes mistaken for groups of merged alluvial fans, are most conspicuous in

  • Pedinella (algae genus)

    algae: Annotated classification: in diatomite deposits; includes Dictyocha, Pedinella, and Pseudopedinella. Class Eustigmatophyceae Mostly small, pale green, and spherical; fewer than 15 species; Eustigmatos and Nannochloropsis. Class Phaeophyceae (

  • Pedinellales (order of algae)

    algae: Annotated classification: Order Pedinellales When pigmented, has 6 chloroplasts in a radial arrangement; flagella bases attached almost directly to nucleus; includes Apedinella, Actinomonas, Mesopedinella, Parapedinella, and Pteridomonas. Order Dictyochales (silicoflagellates) Typically with siliceous skeletons like spiny

  • Pedinomonas noctilucae

    Noctiluca: …endosymbiosis with the photosynthetic organism Pedinomonas noctilucae. Thousands of these organisms live inside the vacuoles of a single Noctiluca, being so abundant as to impart a green colour to Noctiluca (the so-called green Noctiluca).

  • Pedionomidae (bird family)

    plains wanderer: …plains wanderer constitutes the family Pedionomidae (order Gruiformes) but is placed by some authorities in the button quail family (Turnicidae). It inhabits dry grasslands. Unlike other hemipodes, the plains wanderer does not have a crouching posture.

  • Pedionomus torquatus (bird)

    Plains wanderer, (species Pedionomus torquatus), Australian bird resembling a tiny quail. It has a mottled reddish brown body and a collar of black spots against a white throat. The plains wanderer constitutes the family Pedionomidae (order Gruiformes) but is placed by some authorities in the b

  • pedipalp (anatomy)

    arachnid: Body and appendages: The pedipalps, or palps, which in arachnids function as an organ of touch, constitute the second pair of appendages. In spiders and daddy longlegs the pedipalps are elongated leglike structures, whereas in scorpions they are large chelate, prehensile organs. Among spiders the pedipalps are highly modified…

  • pediplain (geological structure)

    Pediplain, broad, relatively flat rock surface formed by the joining of several pediments. (See pediment.) Pediplains are usually formed in arid or semi-arid climates and may have a thin veneer of sediments. It is postulated that the pediplain may be the last stage of landform evolution, the final

  • pediplantation (geological structure)

    Pediplain, broad, relatively flat rock surface formed by the joining of several pediments. (See pediment.) Pediplains are usually formed in arid or semi-arid climates and may have a thin veneer of sediments. It is postulated that the pediplain may be the last stage of landform evolution, the final

  • Pediyas River (river, Cyprus)

    Pedieos River, river in central and eastern Cyprus. It rises in the Troodos range and flows in a northeasterly direction toward Nicosia, where it takes an easterly turn through the part of the central lowlands called the Mesaoria Plain toward Famagusta Bay. Although the longest (about 60 miles [

  • Pedn-an-Laaz (peninsula, England, United Kingdom)

    Land’s End, westernmost peninsula of the county of Cornwall, England. Composed of a granite mass, its tip is the southwesternmost point of England and lies about 870 miles (1,400 km) by road from John o’ Groats, traditionally considered the northernmost point of Great Britain. The popular

  • pedocal (soil)

    China: Soils: …Qin Mountains–Huai River line are pedocals (calcareous) and are neutral to alkaline in reaction; those south of this line are pedalfers (leached noncalcareous soils), which are neutral to acid.

  • pedodontics (dentistry)

    Pedodontics, dental specialty that deals with the care of children’s teeth. The pedodontist is extensively concerned with prevention, which includes instruction in proper diet, use of fluoride, and practice of oral hygiene. The pedodontist’s routine practice deals basically with caries (tooth

  • pedogenesis (zoology)

    Paedogenesis, reproduction by sexually mature larvae, usually without fertilization. The young may be eggs, such as are produced by Miastor, a genus of gall midge flies, or other larval forms, as in the case of some flukes. This form of reproduction is distinct from neotenic reproduction in its p

  • pedology (geology)

    Pedology, scientific discipline concerned with all aspects of soils, including their physical and chemical properties, the role of organisms in soil production and in relation to soil character, the description and mapping of soil units, and the origin and formation of soils. Accordingly, pedology

  • pedomorphosis (biology)

    Paedomorphosis, retention by an organism of juvenile or even larval traits into later life. There are two aspects of paedomorphosis: acceleration of sexual maturation relative to the rest of development (progenesis) and retardation of bodily development with respect to the onset of reproductive a

  • pedon (pedology)

    soil: Pedons and polypedons: Soils are natural elements of weathered landscapes whose properties may vary spatially. For scientific study, however, it is useful to think of soils as unions of modules known as pedons. A pedon is the smallest element of landscape that can be called…

  • pedophilia (psychosexual disorder)

    Pedophilia, in conventional usage, a psychosexual disorder, generally affecting adults, characterized by sexual interest in prepubescent children or attempts to engage in sexual acts with prepubescent children. The term was used with that meaning in the psychiatric diagnostic literature prior to

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