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Germans

(Encyclopedia) Germans, great ethnic complex of ancient Europe, a basic stock in the composition of the modern peoples of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, N Italy, the…

Brewer's: German

or Germaine (g soft). Pertaining to, related to, as cousins-german (first cousins), german to the subject (bearing on or pertinent to the subject). This word has no connection with German…

Foreign Languages: German

Homework Center – Frequently Asked Questions Foreign Languages German Deutsch Plus Online (BBC on-line multimedia course) Resources & Links for German Foreign Languages FAQ…

Brewer's: German Comb

The four fingers and thumb. “Se pygnoit du pygne d' Almaing” (Rabelais,) He combed his hair with his fingers. Oudin, in his Dictionnaire, explains pygne d' Aleman by “los dedos et la dita…

Brewer's: German Silver

is not silver at all, but white copper, or copper, zinc, and nickel mixed together. It was first made in Europe at Hildberg-hausen, in Germany, but had been used by the Chinese time out of…

Brewer's: Brother German

A real brother. (Latin, germanus, of the same stock; germen, a bud or sprout.) “Te in germani fratris dilexi loco.” —Terence Andria, I. 5, 58. A uterine brother is a brother by the mother'…

Germanic languages

(Encyclopedia) Germanic languages, subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages, spoken by about 470 million people in many parts of the world, but chiefly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere…

German language

(Encyclopedia) German language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). It is the official language of Germany…

German silver

(Encyclopedia) German silver, name for various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, sometimes also containing lead and tin. They were originally named for their silver-white color, but use of the term…