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Word: epithet

Definition: word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing; descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous)


Sentences Containing 'epithet'

"Citharede" was also an epithet of Apollo (Apollo Citharede), and the term is used to refer to statues which portray Apollo with his lyre.
Bonnaterre named the shark "Squalus nasus", the specific epithet "nasus" being Latin for "nose".
Elizabeth could hardly help laughing at so convenient a proposal; yet was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an epithet.
He is sometimes, by tradition, given the epithet "Captain".
His expressionism escapes the epithet of anachronistic, however, by being so sharply lived.
His personal name was "Yusuf"; "Salah ad-Din" is a "laqab", a descriptive epithet, meaning "Righteousness of the Faith."
In this he called Mr. Lincoln a 'wooden-head' and a 'twentieth-rate back country attorney,' declared that the North was fighting simply to 'turn loose all the epithet' and 'whitewash the epithet in the blood of millions[.].
It was described by Aurivillius in 1920, and is known from Peru (from which its species epithet is derived) and Bolivia.
Its specific epithet comes from the Latin "alba" (white), referring to the colour of its flowers.
Its specific epithet comes from the Latin "elatus" (tall), in reference to its growth habit.
Its specific epithet comes from the Latin "pedunculatus", referring to the long and conspicuous peduncle of the inflorescence.
Its specific epithet is in honor of German zoologist Franz Hermann Troschel.
LaCour has explained in interview that the spelling and spacing of the epithet that he uses as his stage name was chosen for visceral as well as aesthetic reasons.
Meanwhile, another inscription from Mackwiller in Alsace gives Intarabus the epithet "Narius".
Old wives' tale is a derogatory epithet used to indicate that a supposed truth is actually a superstition or something untrue, to be ridiculed.
Richard Grenvile's name was attached with every injurious epithet to a gallows in London, whilst at Oxford he was regarded as a pattern of loyalty.
Since Persoon used the specific epithet "ruber", the correct name for the species is "Clathrus ruber".
Smith gave it the specific epithet "piperita" because its odour of its essential oil was so similar to that of "Mentha" × "piperita", the peppermint.
The epithet "Corvinus" was coined by Matthias' biographer, the Italian Antonio Bonfini, who claimed that the Hunyadi family descended from Marcus Valerius Corvinus.
The epithet "pedicellaris" refers to the plant's unmistakably long pedicel.
The epithet 'citrina' (lemon-yellow) refers to the color of the lip.
The epithet seems to imply that Theodore was an adherent of the Meletian party, but there is no evidence that he was involved in the feuds which preoccupied the Catholics of Antioch during Flavian's office.
The generic name "Clathrus" is derived from Ancient Greek κλειθρον or "lattice", and the specific epithet is Latin "ruber", meaning "red".
The generic name comes from the Greek "rhynchos" ("snout") and "aktis" ("ray"), while the specific epithet comes from the Greek "leptos" ("thin") and "nema" ("thread").
The generic name is derived from the locality close to Jbel ben Aarab, near Azrou in Central Morocco. The specific epithet was chosen to reflect the short lateral branches.
The genus is named after Canadian mycologist Scott A. Redhead who first described the anamorph genus "Mycopappus", while the specific epithet is named after the genus of the host plant.
The genus name "Populus" is from the Latin for poplar, and the specific epithet "balsamifera" from Latin for "balsam-bearing".
The goddess' name is composed of the words "saki" meaning "weeping" and "naki", and epithet of crying.
The meaning of the "Cana" epithet is unclear; it may refer to the town of Cana or the land of Canaan in the Bible, or it may be a corruption of a Syriac term for merchant ("Knāyil" in Malayam).
The notable Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, father of the 80/20 theory and Paretos Optimatality, lived in Céligny, earning him the epithet of "hermit of Céligny".
The Qur'an is less specific but condemns idolatry and uses the Arabic term musawwir ("maker of forms," or artist) as an epithet for God.
The species epithet ""gephyra"" means "bridge" in Ancient Greek, and refers to the link the species provides between the species "Nettenchelys pygmaeus" and "Nettenchelys inion".
The specific epithet ""fontinalis"" comes from the Latin for "of or from a spring or fountain" in reference to the clear, cold streams and ponds in its native habitat.
The specific epithet "albomarginata", formed from the Latin words "albus" (white) and "marginatus" (margin), refers to the white band of trichomes that is characteristic of this species.
The specific epithet "breweriana" is in honor of the American botanist William Henry Brewer.
The specific epithet "divaricata", refers to the plant's form, being straggling and much branched.
The specific epithet "juniperinus" refers to the similarity of the prickly European plant, the Juniper.
The specific epithet "micramphora" is derived from the Greek "mikros" (small) and Latin "amphora" (urn), and references the tiny pitchers of this species.
The specific epithet "multiplex" means "in many pieces", referring to the compound nature of the fruit body.
The specific epithet "salmonicolor" is a Latin color term meaning "pink with a dash of yellow".
The specific epithet comes from the Latin "semi" ("half") and "lanceata", from "lanceolatus", meaning "spear-shaped".
The specific epithet honours Friedrich Wilhelm Alexander von Mechow.
The specific epithet is a tribute to Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808).
The specific epithet is derived from the Latin "stria", meaning "with fine ridges or grooves".
The specific epithet is Latin for "dividing into pairs" and refers to the double arrangement of flowers which this species often displays.
The specific epithet, "foetida", means "stinking" in Latin and refers to the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage.
The specific name or epithet, "streckeri", is in honor of the American naturalist John Kern Strecker, Jr. Geographic range.
The subspecific name or epithet, "etheridgei", is in honor of the American zoologist and paleontologist Richard Emmett Etheridge.
Thus they denote the folly of a servant, an omission of a child, a stone that cuts their feet, a continuance of foul or unseasonable weather, and the like, by adding to each the epithet of _Yahoo_.
We need hardly say that many of those who gave him this epithet repeated it because they had heard it, and did not even know what it meant.

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