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  • pekea nut (food)

    Souari nut, any of the seeds borne in large, clustered fruits of trees of the genus Caryocar (family Caryocaraceae), which has about 15 species. C. nuciferum, from Panama and northern South America, is typical. Its coconut-sized fruit has four nuts, surrounded by edible flesh. The warty, red,

  • Peker, Recep (prime minister of Turkey)

    Turkey: World War II and the postwar era, 1938–50: …CHP, led by Prime Minister Recep Peker (served 1946–47), wished to suppress the DP, but they were prevented from doing so by İnönü. In his declaration of July 12, 1947, İnönü stated that the logic of a multiparty system implied the possibility of a change of government. Prophetically, he renounced…

  • Peki-tan-oui (river, United States)

    Missouri River, longest tributary of the Mississippi River and second longest river in North America. It is formed by the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers in the Rocky Mountains area of southwestern Montana (Gallatin county), U.S., about 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) above sea

  • Pekin (Illinois, United States)

    Pekin, city, seat (1849) of Tazewell county, central Illinois, U.S. It lies along the Illinois River (bridged) just south of Peoria. French explorers wintered in the area in 1680. The first settler was Jonathan Tharp in 1824. Tharp opened a smokehouse in 1827, and in 1829 the town was laid out and

  • Pekin duck (breed of duck)

    poultry farming: Ducks and geese: …market competition from the yellow-fleshed Pekin duck have led to its decline.

  • Pekin man (anthropology)

    Peking man, extinct hominin of the species Homo erectus, known from fossils found at Zhoukoudian near Beijing. Peking man was identified as a member of the human lineage by Davidson Black in 1927 on the basis of a single tooth. Later excavations yielded several skullcaps and mandibles, facial and

  • Pekin robin (bird)

    Leiothrix: argentauris), and the red-billed leiothrix (L. lutea), which is known to cage-bird fanciers as the Pekin, or Chinese, robin (or nightingale). Both range from the Himalayas to Indochina; L. lutea has been introduced into Hawaii, where it is commonly called hill robin. The silver-ear has yellow, gray, red,…

  • Peking (national capital, China)

    Beijing, city, province-level shi (municipality), and capital of the People’s Republic of China. Few cities in the world have served for so long as the political headquarters and cultural centre of an area as immense as China. The city has been an integral part of China’s history over the past

  • Peking duck (food)

    Peking duck, one of the most celebrated dishes of Beijing, or Mandarin Chinese, cuisine, with a history of more than 400 years. In its classic form, the dish calls for a specific breed of duck, the Imperial Peking, that is force-fed and housed in a small cage so that inactivity will ensure tender

  • Peking Man (work by Cao Yu)

    Chinese performing arts: The 20th and 21st centuries: …important plays, including Beijingren (1940; Beijing Man); heavily influenced by Eugene O’Neill and Henrik Ibsen, he portrayed dissolute members of the old gentry class and new rising entrepreneur class.

  • Peking man (anthropology)

    Peking man, extinct hominin of the species Homo erectus, known from fossils found at Zhoukoudian near Beijing. Peking man was identified as a member of the human lineage by Davidson Black in 1927 on the basis of a single tooth. Later excavations yielded several skullcaps and mandibles, facial and

  • Peking opera (Chinese theatre)

    Jingxi, (Chinese: “opera of the capital”) popular Chinese theatrical form that developed in the mid-19th century. It incorporated elements of huidiao from Anhui, dandiao from Hubei, and kunqu, the traditional opera that had predominated since the 16th century. Sung in Mandarin, the dialect of

  • Peking sauce (food)

    Hoisin sauce, commercially prepared, thick reddish-brown sauce used in Chinese cuisine both as an ingredient in cooking and as a table condiment. Made from soybeans, flour, sugar, water, spices, garlic, and chili, it is sweet and spicy. It is used in cooking shellfish and fatty meats such as pork

  • Peking Spring (Chinese history)

    education: Communism and the intellectuals: A movement called “Beijing (Peking) Spring” was launched in November 1978. Huge wall posters condemning the communist regime appeared on Beijing’s so-called Democracy Wall. The movement’s leaders expanded the modernization program by adding a fifth modernization, which clearly emphasized democracy, freedom, and human rights. The “Beijing Spring” movement…

  • Peking Syllabary (work by Wade)

    Sir Thomas Francis Wade: …extensively on Chinese studies, his Peking Syllabary (1859) providing the basis of the Wade-Giles system of Chinese romanization, which was long the most popular form of romanization in the West as well as in China (even after the official introduction of Pinyin in 1958 and its adoption in 1979). On…

  • Peking University (university, Beijing, China)

    Peking University, university in Beijing, one of the oldest and most important institutions of higher learning in China. Its total enrollment is about 35,000. The school originated as the Capital College, which was founded in 1898 by the Guangxu emperor as part of his short-lived program to

  • Peking Zoo (zoo, Beijing, China)

    Peking Zoological Garden, zoological garden on the western outskirts of Peking, founded in 1906 by the empress dowager Tz’u-hsi. The zoo is managed by the Peking Office of Parks and Forestry, financed with government funds, and noted for its collection of rare Asian species. The Peking Zoo served c

  • Peking Zoological Garden (zoo, Beijing, China)

    Peking Zoological Garden, zoological garden on the western outskirts of Peking, founded in 1906 by the empress dowager Tz’u-hsi. The zoo is managed by the Peking Office of Parks and Forestry, financed with government funds, and noted for its collection of rare Asian species. The Peking Zoo served c

  • Peking, Treaty of (China-Russia [1860])

    China: The antiforeign movement and the second Opium War (Arrow War): …his mediatory effort, the Sino-Russian Treaty of Beijing, which confirmed the Treaty of Aigun and ceded to Russia the territory between the Ussuri and the sea.

  • Pekingese (breed of dog)

    Pekingese, breed of toy dog developed in ancient China, where it was held sacred and was kept as a palace dog by members of the imperial family. It was introduced to the West by English forces that looted the Imperial Palace at Peking (Beijing) in 1860. The Pekingese has been known, both in the

  • Pekkanen, Toivo (Finnish author)

    Finnish literature: The early 20th century: …writers included Pentti Haanpää and Toivo Pekkanen, two autodidacts. In his short stories and novels, Haanpää observed with sharp irony and a keen sense of social justice the life of the rural poor, revealing himself as a skillful stylist who frequently criticized the army and the church, two sacrosanct institutions…

  • Peko (Estonian deity)

    Peko, in Estonian religion, an agricultural deity who aided the growth of grain, especially barley. Peko was represented by a wax image that was kept buried in the grain in the granary and brought out in early spring for a ritual of agricultural increase. An entire village might participate in

  • Pel’s anomalure (rodent)

    anomalure: …of the seven species is Pel’s anomalure (A. pelii), with a body 40 to 46 cm (16 to 18 inches) long and a tail of nearly the same length. The little anomalure (A. pusillus) is about half the size of Pel’s and has a proportionally shorter tail. The pygmy anomalures…

  • Pel’s fishing owl (bird)

    fish owl: Pel’s fishing owl (S. peli) ranges over most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is about 50 to 60 cm (20 to 24 inches) long, brown above with barring, reddish yellow below with spots and V markings. It has a heavily feathered, round head without ear tufts.

  • Péladeau, Pierre (Canadian publisher)

    Pierre Péladeau, Canadian press baron who parlayed a $1,500 loan from his mother into a media empire; although he probably was most renowned as the tabloid publisher of Le Journal de Montréal, Canada’s third largest newspaper, his holding company, Quebecor Inc., also owned three other Canadian

  • Peláez, Amelia (Cuban artist)

    Latin American art: Cubism to Formalism: The Cuban artist Amelia Peláez, who had studied with Leopoldo Romañach, went to Paris and adopted a style that recalled the later, more-ornamental Cubist work produced by Braque, as well as the work of Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse. Upon her return to Cuba in 1934, she painted…

  • pelage (hair)

    Pelage, hairy, woolly, or furry coat of a mammal, distinguished from the underlying bare skin. The pelage is significant in several respects: as insulation; as a guard against injury; and, in its coloration and pattern, as a species adornment for mutual recognition among species members,

  • Pelagia of Antioch, Saint (Christian saint)

    Saint Pelagia of Antioch, ; feast day June 9), 15-year-old Christian virgin who, probably during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian, threw herself from a housetop to save her chastity and died instantly. Her authenticity was endorsed and praised by St. Ambrose and St.

  • Pelagian heresy (Christian history)

    Pelagianism, a 5th-century Christian heresy taught by Pelagius and his followers that stressed the essential goodness of human nature and the freedom of the human will. Pelagius was concerned about the slack moral standards among Christians, and he hoped to improve their conduct by his teachings.

  • Pelagianism (Christian history)

    Pelagianism, a 5th-century Christian heresy taught by Pelagius and his followers that stressed the essential goodness of human nature and the freedom of the human will. Pelagius was concerned about the slack moral standards among Christians, and he hoped to improve their conduct by his teachings.

  • pelagic bird

    migration: Lower invertebrates: The daily activity of pelagic birds (those living on the open sea), such as petrels and shearwaters, which feed on planktonic crustaceans and squids, follows this same rhythm.

  • pelagic division (oceanography)

    Pelagic zone, ecological realm that includes the entire ocean water column. Of all the inhabited Earth environments, the pelagic zone has the largest volume, 1,370,000,000 cubic kilometres (330,000,000 cubic miles), and the greatest vertical range, 11,000 metres (36,000 feet). Pelagic life is found

  • pelagic environment (oceanography)

    Pelagic zone, ecological realm that includes the entire ocean water column. Of all the inhabited Earth environments, the pelagic zone has the largest volume, 1,370,000,000 cubic kilometres (330,000,000 cubic miles), and the greatest vertical range, 11,000 metres (36,000 feet). Pelagic life is found

  • pelagic sea snake (reptile)

    reptile: Distribution and ecology: The yellow-bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus) spends all its life in marine environments. It feeds and gives birth far from any coastline and is helpless if washed ashore, whereas other sea snakes live in coastal waters of estuaries and coral reefs. The sea turtles are also predominately…

  • pelagic sealing (hunting)

    Pribilof Islands: …sealing at sea (also called pelagic sealing) permits no selectivity, and, moreover, many of the animals killed are lost. In 1870 sealing rights were leased to the Alaska Commercial Company. During the 1880s vessels of several countries engaged in pelagic sealing, which depleted the islands’ herds. In 1886 U.S. vessels…

  • pelagic sediment (geology)

    Atlantic Ocean: Bottom deposits: …by several inches of normal pelagic sediment. Study of the shells of planktonic foraminifera in these cores shows that the climatic changes, ice ages, and interglacial ages of the last two million years have been recorded in the sediments as alternations of species adapted to cold or to warm water.…

  • pelagic zone (oceanography)

    Pelagic zone, ecological realm that includes the entire ocean water column. Of all the inhabited Earth environments, the pelagic zone has the largest volume, 1,370,000,000 cubic kilometres (330,000,000 cubic miles), and the greatest vertical range, 11,000 metres (36,000 feet). Pelagic life is found

  • Pelagie Islands (island group, Italy)

    Pelagie Islands, group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Tunisia, south of Sicily; administratively they form the commune of Lampedusa. The group consists of the islands of Lampedusa and Linosa and the Isolotto (islet) Lampione, standing on the eastern edge of the submarine

  • Pélagie-la-charrette (work by Maillet)

    Canadian literature: The Quiet Revolution of French Canadian minorities: …Prix Goncourt for Pélagie-la-charrette (1979; Pélagie: The Return to a Homeland), an epic novel about the fate of Acadians after the deportation of 1755, she created an awareness of Acadia and its history. Her novel Les Confessions de Jeanne de Valois (1992; “The Confessions of Jeanne de Valois”) reviews the…

  • Pélagie: The Return to a Homeland (work by Maillet)

    Canadian literature: The Quiet Revolution of French Canadian minorities: …Prix Goncourt for Pélagie-la-charrette (1979; Pélagie: The Return to a Homeland), an epic novel about the fate of Acadians after the deportation of 1755, she created an awareness of Acadia and its history. Her novel Les Confessions de Jeanne de Valois (1992; “The Confessions of Jeanne de Valois”) reviews the…

  • Pelagius (Christian cardinal and crusader)

    Crusades: The Fifth Crusade: …arrived under the legate Cardinal-Legate Pelagius. Since Pelagius maintained that the Crusaders were under the jurisdiction of the church, he declined to accept the leadership of John of Brienne and often interfered in military decisions.

  • Pelagius (Christian theologian)

    Pelagius, monk and theologian whose heterodox theological system known as Pelagianism emphasized the primacy of human effort in spiritual salvation. Coming to Rome about 380, Pelagius, though not a priest, became a highly regarded spiritual director for both clergy and laity. The rigorous

  • Pelagius I (pope)

    Pelagius I, pope from 556 to 561. His ecclesiastical roles under the popes St. Agapetus I, St. Silverius, and Vigilius were highly important in the history of the church. As a deacon, Pelagius accompanied Agapetus to Constantinople to help him dissuade the Byzantine emperor Justinian I from

  • Pelagius II (pope)

    Pelagius II, pope from 579 to 590. Pelagius, who was of Gothic descent, was consecrated as Pope Benedict I’s successor on November 26, 579, without imperial confirmation. His pontificate was continually troubled by the Lombards who were besieging Rome and threatening the Italian peoples, for whom

  • Pelagophyceae (protist)

    protozoan: Annotated classification: Pelagophyceae Group contains autotrophic, heterotrophic, and mixotrophic taxa. Most are marine and have a paraxial rod in the hairy flagellum. Silicoflagellates form a successful group of marine phytoplankton. Raphidophyceae Flagellated unicells that possess peripherally aligned trichocysts and chloroplasts; some possess many plastids (20–100).

  • Pelagophycus (genus of brown algae)

    Pelagophycus, genus of brown algae and type of kelp in the family Laminariaceae (sometimes placed in family Lessoniaceae), consisting of one species, elk kelp (Pelagophycus porra), known for the conspicuous antlerlike appearance of its branches. Pelagophycus is native to the deep waters from near

  • Pelagophycus porra (brown algae)

    Pelagophycus: …Lessoniaceae), consisting of one species, elk kelp (Pelagophycus porra), known for the conspicuous antlerlike appearance of its branches. Pelagophycus is native to the deep waters from near the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California to the north-central Baja peninsula of Mexico. Three ecotypes (or varieties) are recognized and

  • Pelamis platurus (reptile)

    reptile: Distribution and ecology: The yellow-bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus) spends all its life in marine environments. It feeds and gives birth far from any coastline and is helpless if washed ashore, whereas other sea snakes live in coastal waters of estuaries and coral reefs. The sea turtles are also predominately…

  • Pelargonium (plant, Pelargonium genus)

    geranium: Geraniums are among the most popular of bedding and greenhouse plants. The closely related genus Pelargonium contains some 280 species of annual, biennial, and perennial herbaceous plants that are commonly called geraniums.

  • Pelargonium × domesticum (plant)

    Geraniales: The florist’s geranium (Pelargonium ×domesticum) is a favourite house plant and is available in many varieties. These cultivars (horticultural varieties) originated from plants native to South Africa. Geranium robertianum (herb Robert) is a well-known garden plant, as are some species of Erodium. Erodium cicutarium (pin-clover), a Mediterranean species…

  • Pelargonium × hortorum (plant)

    geranium: Zonal, house, or bedding geraniums (P. × hortorum, a complex hybrid largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors. Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P. peltatum) are grown as basket plants indoors and out; they are also used…

  • Pelargonium abrotanifolium (plant)

    geranium: …found in several species, including P. abrotanifolium, P. capitatum, P. citrosum, P. crispum, P. graveolens, and P. odoratissimum. Minty, fruity, floral, and spicy fragrances are released readily when their leaves are rubbed or bruised.

  • Pelargonium angulosum (plant)

    geranium: cucullatum, P. angulosum, and P. grandiflorum) have large pansylike flowers, few to the cluster. Zonal, house, or bedding geraniums (P. × hortorum, a complex hybrid largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors. Ivy, or…

  • Pelargonium capitatum (plant)

    geranium: abrotanifolium, P. capitatum, P. citrosum, P. crispum, P. graveolens, and P. odoratissimum. Minty, fruity, floral, and spicy fragrances are released readily when their leaves are rubbed or bruised.

  • Pelargonium citrosum (plant)

    geranium: capitatum, P. citrosum, P. crispum, P. graveolens, and P. odoratissimum. Minty, fruity, floral, and spicy fragrances are released readily when their leaves are rubbed or bruised.

  • Pelargonium crispum (plant)

    geranium: citrosum, P. crispum, P. graveolens, and P. odoratissimum. Minty, fruity, floral, and spicy fragrances are released readily when their leaves are rubbed or bruised.

  • Pelargonium cucullatum (plant)

    geranium: × domesticum, largely derived from P. cucullatum, P. angulosum, and P. grandiflorum) have large pansylike flowers, few to the cluster. Zonal, house, or bedding geraniums (P. × hortorum, a complex hybrid largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors.…

  • Pelargonium grandiflorum (plant)

    geranium: angulosum, and P. grandiflorum) have large pansylike flowers, few to the cluster. Zonal, house, or bedding geraniums (P. × hortorum, a complex hybrid largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors. Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P.…

  • Pelargonium graveolens (plant)

    geranium: crispum, P. graveolens, and P. odoratissimum. Minty, fruity, floral, and spicy fragrances are released readily when their leaves are rubbed or bruised.

  • Pelargonium inguinans (plant)

    geranium: …complex hybrid largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors. Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P. peltatum) are grown as basket plants indoors and out; they are also used as ground covers in warm areas. The aromatic, or scented-leaved, geraniums…

  • Pelargonium odoratissimum (plant)

    Geraniales: …in perfumes, is produced by Pelargonium odoratissimum and related species. The florist’s geranium (Pelargonium ×domesticum) is a favourite house plant and is available in many varieties. These cultivars (horticultural varieties) originated from plants native to South Africa. Geranium robertianum (herb Robert) is a well-known garden plant, as are some species…

  • pelargonium oil

    geranium: … species are commercially important for geranium oil, an essential oil used in perfumery. Geranium oil, which is also called pelargonium oil, or rose-geranium oil, is colourless to pale yellow-brown or greenish and has an odour like that of roses. It is used chiefly in perfumes, soaps, ointments, and tooth and…

  • Pelargonium peltatum (plant)

    geranium: Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P. peltatum) are grown as basket plants indoors and out; they are also used as ground covers in warm areas. The aromatic, or scented-leaved, geraniums are found in several species, including P. abrotanifolium, P. capitatum, P. citrosum, P. crispum, P.

  • Pelargonium zonale (plant)

    geranium: inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms in garden culture and in pots indoors. Ivy, or hanging, geraniums (P. peltatum) are grown as basket plants indoors and out; they are also used as ground covers in warm areas. The aromatic, or scented-leaved, geraniums are found in…

  • Pelargopsis amauropterus (bird)

    kingfisher: …Sulawesi kingfisher (Ceyx fallax), the brown-winged kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauropterus), and some of the paradise kingfishers (Tanysiptera) of New Guinea.

  • Pelasgi (people)

    Pelasgi, the people who occupied Greece before the 12th century bc. The name was used only by ancient Greeks. The Pelasgi were mentioned as a specific people by several Greek authors, including Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides, and were said to have inhabited various areas, such as Thrace, Argos, C

  • Pelasgians (people)

    Pelasgi, the people who occupied Greece before the 12th century bc. The name was used only by ancient Greeks. The Pelasgi were mentioned as a specific people by several Greek authors, including Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides, and were said to have inhabited various areas, such as Thrace, Argos, C

  • Pelavicino, Oberto (Italian leader)

    Oberto Pelavicino, leader of the Ghibelline (imperial) party in northern Italy and powerful supporter of the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II and his sons. As a member of a great feudal family of Lombardy, Pelavicino fought at Frederick’s side in 1238 against Brescia, near Milan, and the following

  • Pelayo (king of Asturias)

    Pelayo, founder of the Christian kingdom of Asturias in northern Spain, which survived through the period of Moorish hegemony to become the spearhead of the Christian Reconquista in the later Middle Ages. Pelayo’s historical personality is overshadowed by his legend. As far as can be ascertained,

  • Pelé (Brazilian athlete)

    Pelé, Brazilian football (soccer) player, in his time probably the most famous and possibly the best-paid athlete in the world. He was part of the Brazilian national teams that won three World Cup championships (1958, 1962, and 1970). After playing for a minor league club at Bauru, São Paulo state,

  • Pele (Hawaiian deity)

    Kilauea: …is the legendary home of Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is at Uwēkahuna Bluff on the western rim of Kilauea, near Halema‘uma‘u.

  • Pelean eruption (volcanism)

    volcano: Six types of eruptions: A Pelean eruption is associated with explosive outbursts that generate pyroclastic flows, dense mixtures of hot volcanic fragments and gas described in the section Lava, gas, and other hazards. Pelean eruptions are named for the destructive eruption of Mount Pelée on the Caribbean island of Martinique…

  • Pelecani (bird suborder)

    pelecaniform: Annotated classification: Suborder Pelecani Horny sheath of bill divided by deep grooves (largely suppressed in anhingas). Naked gular pouch; facial skin and pouch colourful, especially in breeding season. Nasal glands each with a single duct. Neck long, with 17–20 cervical (neck) vertebrae; 8th and 9th have articulations permitting…

  • Pelecanidae (bird)

    Pelican, any of seven or eight species of water birds in the genus Pelecanus constituting the family Pelecanidae (order Pelecaniformes), distinguished by their large elastic throat pouches. Pelicans inhabit lakes, rivers, and seacoasts in many parts of the world. With some species reaching a length

  • pelecaniform (bird)

    Pelecaniform, (order Pelecaniformes), any of the relatively large and diverse group of aquatic birds that share the common characteristic of webbing between all four toes. The order Pelecaniformes conventionally contains six families: Anhingidae (anhingas or snakebirds), Phalacrocoracidae

  • Pelecaniformes (bird)

    Pelecaniform, (order Pelecaniformes), any of the relatively large and diverse group of aquatic birds that share the common characteristic of webbing between all four toes. The order Pelecaniformes conventionally contains six families: Anhingidae (anhingas or snakebirds), Phalacrocoracidae

  • Pelecanoides garnotii (bird)

    diving petrel: …long; the largest is the Peruvian diving petrel (P. garnotii), about 25 cm long, restricted to the west coast of South America from about 6° to 37° S.

  • Pelecanoides urinatrix (bird)

    diving petrel: …and most widespread is the common diving petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix), about 16 cm (6.5 inches) long; the largest is the Peruvian diving petrel (P. garnotii), about 25 cm long, restricted to the west coast of South America from about 6° to 37° S.

  • Pelecanoididae (bird)

    Diving petrel, any of five species of small seabirds of the sub-Antarctic regions that constitute the family Pelecanoididae (order Procellariiformes). Although their nearest relatives are the storm petrels, shearwaters, and albatrosses, diving petrels differ from these long-winged forms and

  • Pelecanus (bird genus)

    pelican: …water birds in the genus Pelecanus constituting the family Pelecanidae (order Pelecaniformes), distinguished by their large elastic throat pouches. Pelicans inhabit lakes, rivers, and seacoasts in many parts of the world. With some species reaching a length of 180 cm (70 inches), having a wingspan of 3 metres (10 feet),…

  • Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (bird)

    pelican: … of the New World, the North American white pelican, and P. onocrotalus of the Old World, the European white pelican. Between 1970 and late 2009, the smaller, 107–137-cm brown pelican was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Though the brown pelican once bred in enormous colonies…

  • Pelecanus occidentalis (bird)

    Brown pelican, (Pelecanus occidentalis), pelican species common along the southern U.S. coast. See

  • Pelecanus onocrotalus (bird)

    pelican: … of the Old World, the European white pelican. Between 1970 and late 2009, the smaller, 107–137-cm brown pelican was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Though the brown pelican once bred in enormous colonies along New World coasts, its population declined drastically in North America during…

  • Pelecypoda (class of mollusks)

    Bivalve, (class Bivalvia), any of more than 15,000 species of clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, and other members of the phylum Mollusca characterized by a shell that is divided from front to back into left and right valves. The valves are connected to one another at a hinge. Primitive bivalves

  • Pelee Island (island, Ontario, Canada)

    Pelee Island, island, in Lake Erie, southern Ontario, Canada. It lies near the Ohio boundary, a few miles south of Point Pelee National Park. Originally leased from the Indians by Thomas McKee in 1788, it was acquired in 1823 by William McCormick. Viticulture was practiced until 1855, when John

  • Pelée, Montagne (volcano, Martinique)

    Mount Pelée, active volcanic mountain on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Situated 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Fort-de-France, it reaches an elevation of 4,583 feet (1,397 metres). Pelée, whose name is a French term meaning “Bald,” consists of layers of volcanic ash and lavas. Its gently

  • Pelée, Mount (volcano, Martinique)

    Mount Pelée, active volcanic mountain on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Situated 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Fort-de-France, it reaches an elevation of 4,583 feet (1,397 metres). Pelée, whose name is a French term meaning “Bald,” consists of layers of volcanic ash and lavas. Its gently

  • Peleng (island, Indonesia)

    Banggai Islands: Peleng, the largest of the Banggai Islands, is well forested and mountainous; the bays affording anchorage have reefs. The chief town and port of the group is Banggai, which is on the western coast of Banggai Island. The Banggai Islands supply sea cucumbers, turtles, resin,…

  • Pèlerin de Maricourt, Pierre (French scientist)

    Peter Peregrinus of Maricourt, French crusader and scholar who wrote the first extant treatise describing the properties of magnets. Almost nothing is known about Peregrinus’ life, except that he wrote his famous treatise while serving as an engineer in the army of Charles I of Anjou that was

  • Pèlerinage de la vie humaine (work by Guillaume de Deguileville)

    French literature: Allegory: …works, as in the long Pèlerinage de la vie humaine (“The Pilgrimage of Human Life”) by Guillaume de Deguileville, Dante’s contemporary and a precursor of John Bunyan. But the most influential allegorical work in French was the Roman de la rose (The Romance of the Rose), where courtly love is…

  • Pélerins de la Mecque, Les (opera by Gluck)

    Christoph Willibald Gluck: The middle years: In La Rencontre imprévue, first performed in Vienna on Jan. 7, 1764, no vaudeville elements remain at all, with the result that the work is a perfect example of opéra comique. Gluck gave the scores of Le Cadi dupé and La Rencontre imprévue particular charm by…

  • Peletier, Jacques (French poet)

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  • Pelevin, Viktor (Russian author)

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    Viktor Pelevin, Russian author whose novels, often reminiscent of fantasy or science fiction, depicted the grotesqueries and absurdities of contemporary Russian life. Pelevin was the son of a military officer and a state economist. He studied electrical engineering and worked briefly as a

  • Pelew

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  • Pelger, Susanne (Swedish zoologist)

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  • Pelham (Massachusetts, United States)

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