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Spieghel, Hendrick Laurenszoon

(Encyclopedia) Spieghel, Hendrick Laurenszoon hn´drk lou´rnszn sp´khl, 1549–1612, Dutch poet. In his cycle of spiritual songs Lieden Op't Vader Ons (modern ed. 1957), he was among the…

Spielberg, Steven

(Encyclopedia) Spielberg, Steven, 1946–, American film director, b. Cincinnati, Ohio. Spielberg began his career as a television director, admired for his understanding portrayal of human character.…

Spielberg

(Encyclopedia) Spielberg: see Brno, Czech Republic.

Spielhagen, Friedrich

(Encyclopedia) Spielhagen, Friedrich fr´drkh shpl´hägn, 1829–1911, German novelist. His works, chiefly on social and political themes, include Problematische Naturen (1861, tr. Problematic…

spikenard

(Encyclopedia) spikenard spk´närd, name for several plants. The biblical spikenard, or nard, was a costly aromatic ointment, preserved in alabaster boxes, whose chief ingredient is believed to have…

Spillane, Mickey

(Encyclopedia) Spillane, Mickey (Frank Morrison Spillane), 1918–2006, American mystery writer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. After contributing stories to comic books and pulp magazines, Spillane wrote his first…

spinach

(Encyclopedia) spinach, annual plant (Spinacia oleracea) of the family Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot family), probably of Persian origin and known to have been introduced into Europe in the 15th cent. It…

spinal column

(Encyclopedia) spinal column, bony column forming the main structural support of the skeleton of humans and other vertebrates, also known as the vertebral column or backbone. It consists of segments…

spinal cord

(Encyclopedia) spinal cord, the part of the nervous system occupying the hollow interior (vertebral canal) of the series of vertebrae that form the spinal column, technically known as the vertebral…

spinal puncture

(Encyclopedia) spinal puncture, surgical penetration of the spinal canal by a hollow needle introduced between two of the lumbar vertebrae. The arrangement permits injection of antibiotics or…