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  • Bismarck Range (mountains, Papua New Guinea)

    Bismarck Range, northeastern segment of the central highlands of Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Visited in 1886 by the German explorer G.E. von Schleinitz, the range was named for Otto von Bismarck. The mountains reach 14,793 feet (4,509 metres) at Mount Wilhelm (the highest

  • Bismarck Sea (sea, Pacific Ocean)

    Bismarck Sea, section of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, bounded to the southwest by the northeast coast of New Guinea and to the northwest through to the southeast by the Bismarck Archipelago, consisting of the Admiralty Islands (north), New Ireland (east), and New Britain (southeast). With a

  • Bismarck Sea, Battle of the (Japanese-European history)

    World War II: The Solomons, Papua, Madagascar, the Aleutians, and Burma, July 1942–May 1943: …was a disaster: in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, on March 2–4, 1943, the Japanese lost four destroyers and eight transports, and only 1,000 of the 7,000 troops reached their destination. On March 25 the Japanese Army and Navy high commands agreed on a policy of strengthening the defense…

  • Bismarck, Otto von (German chancellor and prime minister)

    Otto von Bismarck, prime minister of Prussia (1862–73, 1873–90) and founder and first chancellor (1871–90) of the German Empire. Once the empire was established, he actively and skillfully pursued pacific policies in foreign affairs, succeeding in preserving the peace in Europe for about two

  • Bismarck-Sch?nhausen, Ferdinand von (Prussian landowner)

    Otto von Bismarck: Early years: His father, Ferdinand von Bismarck-Sch?nhausen, was a Junker squire descended from a Swabian family that had ultimately settled as estate owners in Pomerania. Ferdinand was a typical member of the Prussian landowning elite. The family’s economic circumstances were modest—Ferdinand’s farming skills being perhaps less than average—and Bismarck…

  • Bismarckian system (European history)

    20th-century international relations: The Bismarckian system, 1871–90: The European map and world politics were less confused in the decades after 1871 than at any time before or since. The unifications of Italy and Germany removed the congeries of central European principalities that dated…

  • Bismāyah (ancient city, Iraq)

    Adab, ancient Sumerian city located south of Nippur (modern Niffer or Nuffar), Iraq. Excavations (1903–04) carried out by the American archaeologist Edgar James Banks revealed buildings dating from as early as the prehistoric period and as late as the reign of Ur-Nammu (reigned 2112–2095 bc). Adab

  • bismuth (chemical element)

    Bismuth (Bi), the most metallic and the least abundant of the elements in the nitrogen group (Group 15 [Va] of the periodic table). Bismuth is hard, brittle, lustrous, and coarsely crystalline. It can be distinguished from all other metals by its colour—gray-white with a reddish tinge. atomic

  • bismuth phosphomolybdate (chemical compound)

    bismuth: Commercial production and uses: …is in the form of bismuth phosphomolybdate (BiPMo12O40), which is an effective catalyst for the air oxidation of propylene and ammonia to acrylonitrile. The latter is used to make acrylic fibres, paints, and plastics. Pharmaceutical uses of bismuth have been practiced for centuries. It is effective in indigestion remedies and…

  • bismuth subgallate (chemical compound)

    gallic acid: As bismuth subgallate it has been employed in medicine as a mild skin antiseptic and astringent (q.v.; an agent that tends to shrink mucous membranes and raw surfaces and to dry up secretions). Propyl gallate is an important antioxidant for the prevention of rancidity in edible…

  • Bismuth, Pierre (French artist and writer)
  • bismutite (mineral)

    Bismutite, a bismuth subcarbonate, (BiO)2CO3, that has been formed as an alteration product of primary bismuth minerals in the oxidized portions of metal veins. Well-known localities include Cornwall, Eng., and the Tazna district, Bolivia. For detailed physical properties, see carbonate mineral

  • Bison (Soviet bomber)

    Myasishchev M-4, Soviet long-range bomber, the first jet bomber in the strategic air force of the Soviet Union that was capable of reaching deep into the continental United States. It was produced by the Myasishchev design bureau under Vladimir Mikhailovich Myasishchev (1902–78); the first version

  • bison (mammal)

    Bison, (genus Bison), either of two species of oxlike grazing mammals that constitute the genus Bison of the family Bovidae. The American bison (B. bison), commonly known as the buffalo or the plains buffalo, is native to North America, and the European bison (B. bonasus), or wisent, is native to

  • Bison (mammal)

    Bison, (genus Bison), either of two species of oxlike grazing mammals that constitute the genus Bison of the family Bovidae. The American bison (B. bison), commonly known as the buffalo or the plains buffalo, is native to North America, and the European bison (B. bonasus), or wisent, is native to

  • Bison bison (mammal)

    bison: The American bison (B. bison), commonly known as the buffalo or the plains buffalo, is native to North America, and the European bison (B. bonasus), or wisent, is native to Europe. Both species were drastically reduced in numbers by hunting and now occupy small protected areas…

  • Bison bison athabascae (mammal)

    bison: bison bison) and the wood bison (B. bison athabascae), though the differences between them are minor. The plains bison formerly inhabited most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains provinces of Canada. It greatly outnumbered the wood bison, which lived in northwestern Canada…

  • Bison bison bison (mammal)

    bison: …subspecies of American bison, the plains bison (B. bison bison) and the wood bison (B. bison athabascae), though the differences between them are minor. The plains bison formerly inhabited most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains provinces of Canada. It greatly outnumbered the…

  • Bison bonasus (mammal)

    Belovezhskaya Forest: …I, the European bison, or wisent, was reintroduced to the Belovezhskaya with zoo-bred animals. The forest remains the European bison’s most notable home, though the animals are now also found again in other parts of Europe, including Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Once the hunting grounds of kings and tsars, the…

  • Bison latifons (fossil mammal)

    bison: DNA of a 120,000-year-old fossil long-horned bison (B. latifons) from Colorado and a 130,000-year-old fossil of what was likely a steppe bison (Bison cf. priscus) from the Yukon suggested that the first bison in North America migrated from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge sometime between 95,000 and 135,000 years…

  • Bison priscus (extinct mammal)

    bison: …of what was likely a steppe bison (Bison cf. priscus) from the Yukon suggested that the first bison in North America migrated from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge sometime between 95,000 and 135,000 years ago before spreading rapidly throughout the continent. Some authorities distinguish two subspecies of American bison,…

  • Bison, the (Ghanaian athlete)

    Michael Essien, Ghanaian professional football (soccer) player who rose to international stardom as a midfielder for the English football club Chelsea FC in the 2000s. Essien was raised in Awutu Breku, a small town in central Ghana, where his interest in football was sparked, in part, by his

  • Bisonhorn Maria (people)

    Gond: Bisonhorn Maria, so called for their dance headdresses, live in less-hilly country and have more-permanent fields that they cultivate with plows and bullocks. The Muria are known for their youth dormitories, or ghotul, in the framework of which the unmarried of both sexes lead a…

  • Bīsotūn (Iran)

    Bīsitūn, village and precipitous rock situated at the foot of the Zagros Mountains in the Kermanshah region of Iran. In ancient times Bīsitūn was on the old road from Ecbatana, capital of ancient Media, to Babylon, and it was on that scarp that the Achaemenid king Darius I the Great (reigned

  • bisphenol A (chemical compound)

    Bisphenol A (BPA), a colourless crystalline solid belonging to the family of organic compounds; its molecular formula is C15H16O2. BPA is best known for its use in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, particularly those found in water bottles, baby bottles, and other beverage

  • bisphenol F (chemical compound)

    bisphenol A: Biological effects of bisphenol A: …well as bisphenol S and bisphenol F, which are used as alternatives to BPA, are associated with obesity, particularly in children.

  • bisphenol S (chemical compound)

    bisphenol A: Biological effects of bisphenol A: BPA as well as bisphenol S and bisphenol F, which are used as alternatives to BPA, are associated with obesity, particularly in children.

  • bisque (food)

    soup: Bisques and chowders are creamy soups usually made with shellfish or fish, sometimes with meat or vegetables, and cream or milk. Gumbos are spicy soups originating in the Creole cooking of Louisiana that combine African, European, and American Indian elements. Substantial stewlike soups are found…

  • Bisrampur (India)

    Ambikapur, city, northern Chhattisgarh state, east-central India. It is situated in an upland region at an elevation of about 2,000 feet (610 metres). The city, then known as Surguja, was the capital of the former Surguja princely state. Connected by road with Dharmjaygarh, Patna, and Sonhat, it is

  • Bissagos Islands (islands, Atlantic Ocean)

    Bijagós Islands, islands of Guinea-Bissau, located about 30 miles (48 km) off the Guinea coast of western Africa. They compose an archipelago of 15 main islands, among which are Caravela, Carache, Formosa, Uno, Orango, Orangozinho, Bubaque, and Roxa. They are covered with a lush vegetation and have

  • Bissaker, Robert (inventor)

    slide rule: …invented by the English instrument-maker Robert Bissaker in 1654. The usefulness of the slide rule for rapid calculation was recognized, especially in England, during the 18th century, and the instrument was made in considerable numbers, with slight modifications.

  • Bissau (national capital, Guinea-Bissau)

    Bissau, port city and capital of Guinea-Bissau. It originated in 1687 as a Portuguese fortified post and slave-trading centre. In 1941 it replaced Bolama as the capital and has since developed on a northwest-southeast axis by the Gêba Channel, which offers an excellent roadstead for the largest

  • Bisschop, Simon (Dutch theologian)

    Simon Episcopius, Dutch theologian and systematizer of Arminianism, a liberal reaction to the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. He studied theology at Leiden and in 1610 became a pastor at Bleiswyk. He was made a professor at Leiden in 1612, succeeding the strict Calvinist Franciscus Gomarus.

  • Bissell, Melville Reuben (American inventor)

    Melville Reuben Bissell, U.S. inventor of the carpet sweeper. After growing up in Berlin, Wis., Bissell joined his father in business at Kalamazoo, Mich., where they opened a grocery store. Selling crockery led the younger Bissell into the crockery business in Grand Rapids, where, by the time of

  • Bissell, Richard (American writer)

    Richard Bissell, American novelist and playwright whose works provide fresh and witty images of Middle Western speech and folkways. Bissell grew up in Dubuque, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Harvard in 1936. From his experiences as a mate and then a pilot on the Mississippi,

  • Bissell, Richard Pike (American writer)

    Richard Bissell, American novelist and playwright whose works provide fresh and witty images of Middle Western speech and folkways. Bissell grew up in Dubuque, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Harvard in 1936. From his experiences as a mate and then a pilot on the Mississippi,

  • Bisseni (people)

    Pechenegs, a seminomadic, apparently Turkic people who occupied the steppes north of the Black Sea (8th–12th century) and by the 10th century were in control of the lands between the Don and lower Danube rivers (after having driven the Hungarians out); they thus became a serious menace to

  • Bisset, Jacqueline (British actress)

    Bullitt: Cast:

  • Bisson, Auguste-Rosalie (French photographer)

    history of photography: Landscape and architectural documentation: …did the brothers Louis-Auguste and Auguste-Rosalie Bisson. Herman Krone in Germany and Giacchino Altobelli and Carlo Ponti in Italy were also intent on recording the beauties of their regional landscapes.

  • Bisson, Louis-August (French photographer)

    history of photography: Landscape and architectural documentation: …Savoy, as did the brothers Louis-Auguste and Auguste-Rosalie Bisson. Herman Krone in Germany and Giacchino Altobelli and Carlo Ponti in Italy were also intent on recording the beauties of their regional landscapes.

  • Bissor? (Guinea-Bissau)

    Bissor?, town located in northwestern Guinea-Bissau. It lies on a tributary of the Cacheu River and is surrounded by the Casamance woodland, which provides hardwoods for export. A power station supplies the town’s industry, which includes a sawmill. Subsistence agriculture predominates in the

  • Bistam (Iran)

    Bas?ām, small historic town, northern Iran. It lies just south of the Elburz Mountains in a well-watered plain. Clustered around the tomb of the poet and mystic Abū Yazīd al-Bis?āmī (d. 874) are a mausoleum, a 12th-century minaret and mosque wall, a superb portal (1313), and a 15th-century college.

  • Bis?āmī, Abū Yazīd al- (Islamic mystic)

    Islam: Mystics and other later figures: An earlier mystic, Abū Yazīd al-Bis?āmī (died 874), was the first to speak about the ascension of the mystic to heaven, which is a metaphor for higher unitive, mystical experience. A variation of the Buddha legend has been transferred onto the person of the first Sufi who practiced…

  • Biston betularia (insect)

    Peppered moth, (Biston betularia), species of European moth in the family Geometridae (order Lepidoptera) that has speckled black-and-white wings. It is of significance in exemplifying natural selection through industrial melanism because the population consists of two genetically controlled

  • bistre (art)

    Bistre, brown pigment made from boiling the soot of wood. Because bistre is transparent and has no body, it is frequently used in conjunction with pen and ink drawings as a wash, a liquid spread evenly to suggest shadows, and is especially associated with the appearance of the typical “old master

  • Bistri?a (Romania)

    Bistri?a, town, capital of Bistri?a-N?s?ud jude? (county), northern Romania. Settled in the 12th century by immigrant Germans, it acquired free-city status in 1353. Holding an annual fair, it developed extensive markets throughout Moldavia, and its craftsmen travelled extensively. In 1713 the

  • Bistri?a-N?s?ud (county, Romania)

    Bistri?a-N?s?ud, jude? (county), northern Romania, occupying an area of 2,068 square miles (5,355 square km). The forested Eastern Carpathian Mountains, including the Rodna and C?liman massifs, rise above the settlement areas in intermontane valleys. The C?liman Massif (6,896 feet [2,096 metres])

  • Bistrítsa River (river, Greece)

    Aliákmon River, river, the longest in Greek Macedonia (Modern Greek: Makedonía). The river’s total length is 185 miles (297 km). Rising in the Grámmos Mountains of the eastern Pindus (Píndos) Range on the Albanian frontier, the Aliákmon River flows southeast through gentle valleys and basins and is

  • bisulfite sequencing (genetics)

    epigenomics: Research tools of epigenomics: …development of a technique called bisulfite sequencing, which was first reported by Australian geneticist Marianne Frommer and colleagues in 1992. This method, which enables both the detection and the localization of 5′-methylcytosines in DNA, takes advantage of the fact that treatment of DNA with the chemical bisulfite causes deamination of…

  • Biswa Singh (Koch dynasty king)

    Koch: …kingdom of the Koch king Biswa Singh, invading from northeastern Bengal. The greatest monarch of the dynasty was Naranarayan, the son of Biswa Singh, who extended his power over a large part of Assam and southward over what became the British district of Rangpur. His son became tributary to the…

  • Biswas, Anil (Indian musician)

    Anil Biswas, Indian composer and singer (born July 7, 1914, Barisal, East Bengal, India [now in Bangladesh]—died May 31, 2003, New Delhi, India), introduced orchestral music, often with native classical or folk elements, into popular Indian cinema. Biswas wrote music for some 100 films between 1

  • bit (hand tool)

    Brace and bit, hand-operated tool for boring holes in wood, consisting of a crank-shaped turning device, the brace, that grips and rotates the hole-cutting tool, the bit. The auger bit shown in the Figure is of the style traditionally used by carpenters; its six parts are shown in the Figure. At

  • bit (bridle)

    bridle: …animal is governed, consisting of bit, headstall, and reins. The bit is a horizontal metal bar placed in the animal’s mouth and held in place by the headstall, a set of straps over and around the head. Component bits of bone and antler have been recovered from bridles in use…

  • bit (communications)

    Bit, in communication and information theory, a unit of information equivalent to the result of a choice between only two possible alternatives, as between 1 and 0 in the binary number system generally used in digital computers. The term is shortened from the words “binary digit.” It is also

  • bit (tool)

    petroleum production: The rotary drill: …method a special tool, the drill bit, rotates while bearing down on the bottom of the well, thus gouging and chipping its way downward. Probably the greatest advantage of rotary drilling over cable tooling is that the well bore is kept full of liquid during drilling. A weighted fluid (drilling…

  • Bit Daiukki (ancient city, Iran)

    Hamadan: …names: it was possibly the Bit Daiukki of the Assyrians, Hangmatana, or Agbatana, to the Medes, and Ecbatana to the Greeks. One of the Median capitals, under Cyrus II (the Great; died 529 bce) and later Achaemenian rulers, it was the site of a royal summer palace. A little east…

  • bit hilani (architecture)

    Syro-Palestinian art and architecture: …palace unit, known as a bit hilani, generally adopted some centuries later by the Syro-Hittites (see art and architecture, Anatolian: Hittite period). Basalt orthostats, as yet unsculptured, anticipated those of the Neo-Assyrian palaces; and mural paintings, like those at Mari, decorated the chambers of an upper story in the Cretan…

  • bit mapping (communications)

    graphical user interface: PARC: …used a technique called “bit mapping” in which everything on the computer screen was, in effect, a picture. Bit mapping not only welcomed the use of graphics but allowed the computer screen to display exactly what would be output from a printer—a feature that became known as “what you…

  • Bit of Fry and Laurie, A (British television show)

    Hugh Laurie: …performed in 26 episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie between 1987 and 1995. Among his other comedy series was Jeeves and Wooster, also with Fry (1990–93).

  • Bit-Adini (ancient kingdom, Middle East)

    Bit-Adini, ancient Aramaean kingdom in Mesopotamia, located on both sides of the middle Euphrates River south of Carchemish. Probably founded in the 10th century bc, it was conquered by the Assyrians under Shalmaneser III in 856. Its capital, Til Barsib (Til Barsip; modern Tall al-A?mar), was

  • bit-map graphics (computer science)

    Raster graphics, a type of digital image that uses tiny rectangular pixels, or picture elements, arranged in a grid formation to represent an image. Because the format can support a wide range of colours and depict subtle graduated tones, it is well-suited for displaying continuous-tone images such

  • Bit-Yakin (ancient district, Middle East)

    Chaldea: …(the biblical Merodach-baladan), ruler of Bit-Yakin (a district of Chaldea), seized the Babylonian throne and, despite Assyrian opposition, held it from 721 to 710. He finally fled, however, and Bit-Yakin was placed under Assyrian control.

  • Bitar, Salah al-Din (Syrian politician)

    Salah al-Din Bitar, Syrian politician who served three times (1963, 1964, and 1966) as prime minister of Syria and was a prominent theoretician of Arab democratic nationalism. Bitar founded (with Michel ?Aflaq) the Ba?th Party, but he later criticized the policies of both the “progressive” and

  • Bī?ār, ?alā? al-Dīn al- (Syrian politician)

    Salah al-Din Bitar, Syrian politician who served three times (1963, 1964, and 1966) as prime minister of Syria and was a prominent theoretician of Arab democratic nationalism. Bitar founded (with Michel ?Aflaq) the Ba?th Party, but he later criticized the policies of both the “progressive” and

  • bitch (dog)

    dog: Reproductive cycle: During this phase the bitch may attract males, but she is not ready to be bred and will reject all advances. The next phase is the estrus. Usually the discharge decreases and becomes lighter, almost pink, in colour. The vulva becomes very enlarged and soft, and the bitch will…

  • Bitches Brew (album by Davis)

    Miles Davis: Free jazz and fusion: …ones with the release of Bitches Brew (1969), an album on which he fully embraced the rhythms, electronic instrumentation, and studio effects of rock music. A cacophonous kaleidoscope of layered sounds, rhythms, and textures, the album’s influence was heard in such 1970s fusion groups as Weather Report and Chick Corea’s…

  • Bitcoin (digital currency)

    Bitcoin, digital currency created by an anonymous computer programmer or group of programmers known as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Owners of Bitcoins can use various Web sites to trade them for physical currencies, such as U.S. dollars or euros, or can exchange them for goods and services from a

  • Bitcoin: The Rise of Virtual Currency

    The possibility of a globally recognized Virtual or digital currency seemed its closest ever in 2013 as Bitcoin, a cryptographically secured monetary unit (or crypto-currency) developed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, gained in popularity—and value—and began to make inroads into

  • Bite the Bullet (film by Brooks [1975])

    Richard Brooks: Later work: Bite the Bullet (1975) was a well-made throwback to the heyday of westerns, featuring fine performances by Gene Hackman, James Coburn, and Ben Johnson. However, it opened the same week as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and sank without a trace.

  • bite, acid (art)

    printmaking: Acids and the etching process: The acid bite of the plate is a critical stage in the making of an etching. The printmaker must be familiar with the characteristics of the materials that are being used. On a zinc plate nitric acid is used. In the process of biting, this acid…

  • bite, animal

    plesiosaur: …thought to have produced a bite force of 33,000 psi (pound-force per square inch), perhaps the largest bite force of any known animal.

  • bite, insect

    Insect bite and sting, break in the skin or puncture caused by an insect and complicated by introduction into the skin of the insect’s saliva, venom, or excretory products. Specific components of these substances are believed to give rise to an allergic reaction, which in turn produces skin lesions

  • Bitek, Okot p’ (Ugandan author)

    Okot p’Bitek, Ugandan poet, novelist, and social anthropologist whose three verse collections—Song of Lawino (1966), Song of Ocol (1970), and Two Songs (1971)—are considered to be among the best African poetry in print. As a youth p’Bitek had varied interests; he published a novel in the Acholi

  • bitemporal hemianopia (pathology)

    visual field defect: …both visual fields are called bitemporal or binasal hemianopia, respectively.

  • Bithoor (India)

    Bithur, town, south-central Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It is located about 12 miles (20 km) north-northwest of Kanpur, on the Ganges (Ganga) River. Baji Rao II, peshwa (chief minister) of the Marathas, established his court at Bithur after the British deposed him in 1818. In 1857, during

  • Bithur (India)

    Bithur, town, south-central Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It is located about 12 miles (20 km) north-northwest of Kanpur, on the Ganges (Ganga) River. Baji Rao II, peshwa (chief minister) of the Marathas, established his court at Bithur after the British deposed him in 1818. In 1857, during

  • Bithynia (ancient district, Anatolia)

    Bithynia, ancient district in northwestern Anatolia, adjoining the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, and the Black Sea, thus occupying an important and precarious position between East and West. Late in the 2nd millennium bc, Bithynia was occupied by warlike tribes of Thracian origin who harried Greek

  • Bithynia-Pontus (ancient province, Anatolia)

    Pompey the Great: Reorganization of the East: …created the new provinces of Bithynia-Pontus and Cilicia. He annexed Syria and left Judaea as a dependent, diminished temple state. The organization of the East remains Pompey’s greatest achievement. His sound appreciation of the geographical and political factors involved enabled him to impose an overall settlement that was to form…

  • Bithynium (ancient city, Turkey)

    Bolu: …are ruins of the ancient Bithynium, a flourishing town of Asia Minor (Anatolia) and—as birthplace of the Roman emperor Hadrian’s favourite, Antinoüs—recipient of many privileges during that emperor’s reign (117–138 ce). Taken by the Ottoman Turks about 1325, Bolu is the reputed home of the legendary Turkish folk hero K?ro?lu.

  • biting housefly (insect)

    Stable fly, (Stomoxys calcitrans), a species of vicious bloodsucking fly in the family Muscidae (sometimes placed in the family Stomoxyidae) in the fly order, Diptera. Stable flies are usually found in open sunny areas, although they may enter a house during bad weather. Often known as biting

  • biting louse (insect)

    Chewing louse, (suborder Amblycera and Ischnocera), any of about 2,900 species of small, wingless insects (order Phthiraptera), worldwide in distribution, that have chewing mouthparts, a flattened body, and shortened front legs used to transport food to the mouth. Chewing lice may be from 1 to 5

  • biting midge (insect)

    Biting midge, (family Ceratopogonidae), any member of a family of small, bloodsucking insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are often serious pests along seashores, rivers, and lakes and may attack in great numbers and cause extreme discomfort. The nickname no-see-ums is descriptive, for,

  • Bitis (snake genus)

    Bitis, snake genus belonging to the venomous viper family Viperidae, including the puff adders (e.g., Bitis arietans, see adder; the Gaboon viper, B. gabonica; and the rhinoceros viper, B. nasicornis). There are a dozen or more species of Bitis. All occur in Africa and range from 30 cm to 1.8

  • Bitis arietans (snake, Bitis species)

    adder: The puff adder (B. arietans and others) is a large extremely venomous snake found in the semiarid regions of Africa and Arabia. It is so named because it gives warning by inflating its body and hissing loudly. The puff adder is about 1 to 1.5 metres…

  • Bitis gabonica (snake)

    Gaboon viper, (Bitis gabonica), extremely venomous but usually docile ground-dwelling snake found in tropical forests of central and western Africa. It is the heaviest venomous snake in Africa, weighing 8 kg (18 pounds), and it grows to a length of 2 metres (about 7 feet). The Gaboon viper also

  • Bitis nasicornis (snake)

    Rhinoceros viper, (Bitis nasicornis), brightly coloured venomous snake of the family Viperidae that inhabits rainforests and swamps of West and Central Africa. It prefers wet or damp environments and can even be found on plantations. The body is massive with rough and strongly keeled scales. It

  • Bitlis (Turkey)

    Bitlis, city, southeastern Turkey. It is located southwest of Lake Van at 4,600 feet (1,400 metres) above sea level. Strategically situated in the narrow valley of the Bitlis ?ay, a tributary of the Tigris River, it commands the only route from the Van basin to the Mesopotamian plains. It was

  • Bitlis Mountains (mountains, Turkey)

    mountain: The Zagros and Bitlis mountains: …to form the Zagros and Bitlis mountains. Thick layers of salt in the Arabian shield’s sedimentary rock have allowed the overlying layers to detach and fold, creating a particularly well-developed fold and thrust belt in the Zagros.

  • bitmap (computer science)

    Bitmap, method by which a display space (such as a graphics image file) is defined, including the colour of each of its pixels (or bits). In effect, a bitmap is an array of binary data representing the values of pixels in an image or display. A GIF is an example of a graphics image file that has a

  • bitmap graphics (computer science)

    Raster graphics, a type of digital image that uses tiny rectangular pixels, or picture elements, arranged in a grid formation to represent an image. Because the format can support a wide range of colours and depict subtle graduated tones, it is well-suited for displaying continuous-tone images such

  • BITNET (computer network)

    BITNET, computer network of universities, colleges, and other academic institutions that was a predecessor to the Internet. BITNET members were required to serve as an entry point for at least one other institution wishing to join, which ensured that no redundant paths existed in the network. As a

  • Bito (Greek mythology)

    Cleobis and Biton: Biton, Biton also spelled Bito, in Greek legend, as recounted by Herodotus, the sons of Cydippe (who was identified by Cicero, in Tusculan Disputations, as the priestess of Hera, queen of the gods). At Argos, they were noted for their filial devotion and for their…

  • Bito (people)

    Nyoro: …the Bunyoro area; and the Bito, a Luo-speaking Nilotic people who held a similarly privileged position in the north and also provided the ruler of the state, the mukama.

  • Bitola (North Macedonia)

    Bitola, southernmost city of North Macedonia. It lies on the Dragor River at an elevation of 2,019 feet (615 metres) at the western edge of the Bitola Plain, a few miles from the Greek frontier. Near the Greek-founded settlement Heraclea Lyncestis, later a Roman city, it was invaded by Slavic

  • Bitolj (North Macedonia)

    Bitola, southernmost city of North Macedonia. It lies on the Dragor River at an elevation of 2,019 feet (615 metres) at the western edge of the Bitola Plain, a few miles from the Greek frontier. Near the Greek-founded settlement Heraclea Lyncestis, later a Roman city, it was invaded by Slavic

  • Biton (Greek mythology)

    Cleobis and Biton: Biton, Biton also spelled Bito, in Greek legend, as recounted by Herodotus, the sons of Cydippe (who was identified by Cicero, in Tusculan Disputations, as the priestess of Hera, queen of the gods). At Argos, they were noted for their filial devotion and for their…

  • Bitonto (Italy)

    Bitonto, town and episcopal see, Puglia (Apulia) region, southeastern Italy, just west-southwest of Bari. Many coins have been found at Bitonto dating from the 6th to the 3rd century bc. A Roman municipality (Butuntum, Botontum, and other forms), the town early became part of the Norman Kingdom of

  • bittacle (device)

    compass: …compasses are usually mounted in binnacles, cylindrical pedestals with provision for illuminating the compass face from below. Each binnacle contains specially placed magnets and pieces of steel that cancel the magnetic effects of the metal of the ship. Much the same kind of device is used aboard aircraft, except that,…

  • Bittel, Kurt (German archaeologist)

    Anatolian religion: Burial customs: In 1952 Kurt Bittel excavated two sites near Yaz?l?kaya, close to a natural rock outcrop. One site contained 72 burials, 50 of which were cremations. The other site contained only cremations, and the presence of some precious objects among them suggests that these might be burials of…

  • bitter (taste classification)

    chemoreception: Taste: salt, sour, bitter, and umami. But this is an anthropocentric view of a system that has evolved to give animals information about the nutrient content and the potential dangers of the foods they eat. The major nutrient requirements of all animals are carbohydrates, which act principally as…

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