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Blunden, Edmund Charles

(Encyclopedia) Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896–1974, English author. Beginning his career as a poet of nature, Blunden became a cosmopolitan teacher and writer. His prose works include…

shepherd's-purse

(Encyclopedia) shepherd's-purse, annual herb ( Capsella bursa-pastoris ) of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustard family), indigenous to Europe but now a…

springtail

(Encyclopedia) springtail, common name for any of the minute, primitive six-legged arthropods of the order Collembola. The springtail is named for a springlike mechanism on the…

oyster catcher

(Encyclopedia) oyster catcher, common name for members of the family Haematopodidae, ploverlike shorebirds, cosmopolitan in distribution. Their distinctive red bills are long, blunt,…

stilt

(Encyclopedia) stilt, common name for some members of the family Recurvirostridae, shore birds including the avocet . Stilts, as their name implies, have the longest legs of any…

Hale, William Bayard

(Encyclopedia) Hale, William Bayard, 1869–1924, American journalist, b. Richmond, Ind. An Episcopal minister, he served in several parishes before attaining a national reputation as a…

Ligne, Charles Joseph, prince de

(Encyclopedia) Ligne, Charles Joseph, prince de shärl zhôzĕf´ prăNs də lē´nyə [key], 1735–1814, Austrian field marshal. He belonged to an ancient princely family of Hainaut, in the…

tigernut

(Encyclopedia) tigernut, nearly cosmopolitan perennial ( Cyperus esculentum ) of the family Cyperaceae ( sedge family) of the same genus as the papyrus plant. The tigernut…

backswimmer

(Encyclopedia) backswimmer, common name for water bugs of the cosmopolitan family Notonectidae, so named because they swim upside down, usually near the surface of the water.…

Brown, Helen Gurley

(Encyclopedia) Brown, Helen Gurley, 1922–2012, American writer and editor, b. Green Forest, Ark. A child of poverty, she became a successful advertising copywriter and wrote the best-…