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(Encyclopedia) wallpaper was used in Europe in the 16th and 17th cent. as an inexpensive substitute for costly hangings. The French developed marbled papers, introduced from the East via Italy and used at fir...

yellow daisy

(Encyclopedia) yellow daisy: see black-eyed Susan .

Yellow River

(Encyclopedia) Yellow River, China: see Huang He .

Yellow Book

(Encyclopedia) Yellow Book, English illustrated quarterly published (1894–97) in book form in London. Henry Harland was literary editor, and Aubrey Beardsley , whose exotic and provocative draw...

Yellow Sea

(Encyclopedia) Yellow Sea or Huanghai hwäng-hī [key] [yellow sea], arm of the Pacific Ocean, between China and Korea, where it is called the West Sea. It has a maximum depth of 500 ft (152 m). Bohai...

yellow fever

(Encyclopedia) yellow fever, acute infectious disease endemic in tropical Africa and many areas of South and Central America. Yellow fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of the female Aedes...

Yellow Emperor

(Encyclopedia) Yellow Emperor, Mandarin Huangdi, legendary Chinese ruler and culture hero; tradition holds that he reigned from 2697 BC to 2597 BC He is one of the mythical prehistoric emperors who sup...