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anthropomorphous

Definition: (adjective) Suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things.
Synonyms:humanlike
Usage:My comic strip features an anthropomorphous frog that walks upright, wears a bowtie and vest, and speaks only in rhyming couplets. Discuss.

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Good vs. Well

A common stumbling block for native speakers and learners of English alike is the correct usage of "good" versus "well." In most instances, good is an attributive adjective directly describing a noun. What is "well"? More... Discuss

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The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan diamond, the largest gem diamond ever discovered, weighed about 3,106 carats when it was found in 1905 in Transvaal, South Africa. Named for the mine’s owner, Thomas Cullinan, the gem was purchased by the Transvaal government and presented to King Edward VII. It was reportedly sent to England by regular parcel post while a decoy was transported by boat. It was cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones; the largest, the Cullinan I, was polished and mounted on what? More... Discuss

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Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when? More... Discuss

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James Dewar (1842)

Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his work on the properties of matter at very low temperatures and the liquefaction of gases. In the course of his work, he liquefied and solidified hydrogen and invented the Dewar flask. Used for storing liquefied gases, his Dewar flask—a double-walled flask with an insulating vacuum between the inner and outer walls—became essential in low-temperature scientific work. What everyday item was patterned after Dewar's flask? More... Discuss

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Virtue is like a rich stone,—best plain set.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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nonaddictive
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Which of the following is a correct conjugation of the verb be?








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n. Difference of opinion; disagreement
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Constitution Week (Mesa, Arizona)

Mesa, Arizona, has consistently celebrated the Congressionally established Constitution Week for over 30 years. Held at the Mesa Amphitheater, the celebration includes a school band concert, a Constitution Quiz, a Boy Scouts parade of flags, the high school color guard ROTC, and live music. Educational activities include information about the lives and activities of America's Founding Fathers and an in-depth examination of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Mesa students at all grade levels learn about the U.S. Constitution during the week. More... Discuss

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concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. More... Discuss