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orphan

(Encyclopedia) orphan: see adoption ; foundling hospital ; guardian and ward .

orphan trains

(Encyclopedia) orphan trains: see Brace, Charles Loring .

orphan drug

(Encyclopedia) orphan drug, drug developed under the U.S. Orphan Drug Act (1983) to treat a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. The orphan drug law…

The Devil's Dictionary: Orphan

by Ambrose Bierce ORATORYORTHODOXORPHAN -n. A living person whom death has deprived of the power of filial ingratitude - a privation appealing with a particular eloquence to all that is…

Spyri, Johanna

(Encyclopedia) Spyri, Johanna yōhän´ä shpē´rē [key], 1827–1901, Swiss author. Her many stories of child life in Switzerland include Heidi (1880; tr. 1884), a classic among…

Brace, Charles Loring

(Encyclopedia) Brace, Charles Loring, 1826–90, American clergyman and social reformer, b. Litchfield, Conn. America's pioneer children's advocate, he founded (1853) the…

Faustina

(Encyclopedia) Faustina fôstī´nə [key], name of two women, wives of Roman emperors. 1 The elder (c.104–141) was the wife of Antoninus Pius , who founded a school for…

Ghose, Chinmoy

(Encyclopedia) Ghose, Chinmoy gōs gōsh [key], 1931–, Indian mystic and poet. Orphaned at the age of 12, he went to live at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in S India, where he stayed for the…

Humphreys, David

(Encyclopedia) Humphreys, David, 1752–1818, American diplomat and poet, b. present Ansonia (then in Derby), Conn. His military talents and patriotism won the friendship of General…

Otway, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Otway, Thomas, 1652–85, English dramatist, educated at Winchester and at Oxford. After failing as an actor, Otway wrote his first play, Alcibiades, produced in…