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  • Gascoyne-Cecil, Robert Arthur Talbot (prime minister of United Kingdom)

    Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd marquess of Salisbury, Conservative political leader who was three-time prime minister (1885–86, 1886–92, 1895–1902) and four-time foreign secretary (1878, 1885–86, 1886–92, 1895–1900), who presided over a wide expansion of Great Britain’s colonial empire.

  • gaseous cycle (ecosystem)

    biogeochemical cycle: Gaseous cycles include those of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, and water; sedimentary cycles include those of iron, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, and other more-earthbound elements.

  • gaseous diffusion (chemistry)

    nuclear reactor: Enrichment: …a large scale; these are gaseous diffusion and gas centrifuging. In gaseous diffusion, natural uranium in the form of uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6), a product of chemical conversion, is encouraged (through a mechanical process) to seep through a porous barrier. The molecules of 235UF6 penetrate the barrier slightly faster than…

  • gaseous nebula (astronomy)

    Nebula, (Latin: “mist” or “cloud”) any of the various tenuous clouds of gas and dust that occur in interstellar space. The term was formerly applied to any object outside the solar system that had a diffuse appearance rather than a pointlike image, as in the case of a star. This definition, adopted

  • gaseous state (state of matter)

    Gas, one of the three fundamental states of matter, with distinctly different properties from the liquid and solid states. The remarkable feature of gases is that they appear to have no structure at all. They have neither a definite size nor shape, whereas ordinary solids have both a definite size

  • gases, kinetic theory of (physics)

    Kinetic theory of gases, a theory based on a simplified molecular or particle description of a gas, from which many gross properties of the gas can be derived. The British scientist James Clerk Maxwell and the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, in the 19th century, led in establishing the theory,

  • gases, static theory of (physics)

    gas: Kinetic-molecular picture: …and for many years a static picture of gases was instead espoused, in which the pressure, for instance, was attributed to repulsive forces between essentially stationary particles pushing on the container walls. How the kinetic-molecular picture finally came to be universally accepted is a fascinating piece of scientific history and…

  • Gasga (ancient Anatolian people)

    Kaska, member of an ancient Anatolian people who inhabited the remote valleys between the northern border of the Hittite kingdom and the Black Sea. The Kaskans did not have a written language and did not build cities. They are known only through Hittite accounts, which describe them as weavers of

  • Gash Pahar (mountain peak, India)

    Jashpur Pats: Gash Pahar (3,241 feet [988 metres]) and Laki Hill (3,323 feet [1,013 metres]) are two of the higher peaks in the Jashpur Pats. The Maini, Ib, Mand, and Kuskal rivers have cut narrow, rock-strewn valleys.

  • Gash River (river, Africa)

    Gash River, river rising in southern Eritrea, near Asmara. After flowing southward, it turns west and forms the border between Eritrea (north) and Ethiopia (south) along its middle course. It then continues into northeastern Sudan to lose itself in the desert. In time of flood it reaches the Atbara

  • Gasherbrum I (mountain, Asia)

    Reinhold Messner: …climbed the northwestern face of Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak; 26,470 feet [8,068 metres]) in the Karakoram Range.

  • Gashlycrumb Tinies, The (work by Gorey)

    Edward Gorey: …alphabets; his most celebrated is The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1962), which disposes of 26 children: “M is for Maud who was swept out to sea / N is for Neville who died of ennui.” He illustrated two books by Edward Lear, including the highly acclaimed The Dong with a Luminous Nose…

  • gasification (coal processing)

    Coal gasification, any process of converting coal into gas for use in illuminating and heating. The first illuminating gas was manufactured from coal in England in the late 18th century by the process of carbonization or destructive distillation, heating coal in the absence of air, leaving a

  • gasifier (oven)

    coal utilization: Gasification systems: The operating temperature of a gasifier usually dictates the nature of the ash-removal system. Operating temperatures below 1,000 °C (1,800 °F) allow dry ash removal, whereas temperatures between 1,000 and 1,200 °C (1,800 and 2,200 °F) cause the ash to melt partially and form agglomerates. Temperatures above 1,200 °C result…

  • gasindi (ancient Roman military organization)

    Comitatus, (Latin: “retinue”), in ancient Republican Rome, an elite company of one of the army commanders. A comitatus was formed in the assembly when one of the leading men announced that he needed followers to accompany him on a foray into enemy territory. Those who were attracted by the

  • Gaskell, Elizabeth (English writer)

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, English novelist, short-story writer, and first biographer of Charlotte Bront?. She was a daughter of a Unitarian minister. When her mother died, she was brought up by a maternal aunt in the Cheshire village of Knutsford in a kindly atmosphere of rural gentility that was

  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (English writer)

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, English novelist, short-story writer, and first biographer of Charlotte Bront?. She was a daughter of a Unitarian minister. When her mother died, she was brought up by a maternal aunt in the Cheshire village of Knutsford in a kindly atmosphere of rural gentility that was

  • Gaskin (missile)

    rocket and missile system: Surface-to-air: The SA-9 Gaskin carried four infrared-homing missiles on a turreted mount atop a four-wheeled vehicle. Its missiles were larger than the SA-7 and had more sophisticated seeker and guidance systems.

  • Gaskugeln (work by Emden)

    Robert Emden: His famous book Gaskugeln (1907; “Gas Spheres”) was a very important early work on the theory of stellar structure; it develops the physical theory of a gas sphere acted upon by its own gravity. He also devised a hypothesis, no longer taken seriously, to explain sunspots.

  • Gasland (film by Fox [2010])

    fracking: Freshwater contamination: In 2010 Gasland, an American documentary film critical of fracking, created a sensation with its footage of a kitchen faucet spewing flames in Fort Lupton, Colorado. The success of the film (which was nominated for an Academy Award) inspired a number of imitation videos on the Internet.…

  • Gaslight (film by Cukor [1944])

    Gaslight, American film noir, released in 1944, that centres on murder and madness in Victorian London. The cast included Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, and Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. Bergman portrayed Paula, a young woman who lives with her aunt, a famous opera singer, in

  • gaslight (technology)

    stagecraft: Early history: …centuries was the introduction of gas lighting. Near the end of the 18th century, the Scottish engineer William Murdock developed a practical method to distill gas from coal for illumination. The first successful adaptation of gas lighting for the stage was demonstrated in the Lyceum Theatre, London, in 1803 by…

  • Gaslight (play by Hamilton)

    gaslighting: …a 1938 British stage play, Gas Light, which was subsequently produced as a film, Gaslight, in the United Kingdom (1940) and the United States (1944). Those dramas vividly, if somewhat simplistically, depicted some of the basic elements of the technique. These may include: attempting to convince the victim of the…

  • gaslighting (human behaviour)

    Gaslighting, an elaborate and insidious technique of deception and psychological manipulation, usually practiced by a single deceiver, or “gaslighter,” on a single victim over an extended period. Its effect is to gradually undermine the victim’s confidence in his own ability to distinguish truth

  • Gaslini, Giorgio (Italian musician)

    Giorgio Gaslini, Italian jazz artist (born Oct. 22, 1929, Milan, Italy—died July 29, 2014, Parma, Italy), was a prolific pianist and bandleader whose improvisations and compositions embraced jazz-song forms as well as folk tunes, popular music, ballets, symphonic works, and operas in fusions that

  • gasohol (chemistry)

    corn: …with gasoline to produce “gasohol,” an automotive fuel that is 10 percent ethanol. Although corn-based biofuels were initially touted as environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum, their production diverts arable land and feedstock from the human food chain, sparking a “food versus fuel” debate. Cellulosic ethanol, which is made from…

  • Gasol, Pau (Spanish basketball player)

    Memphis Grizzlies: …draft, it added Spanish forward Pau Gasol, who would go on become the Grizzlies’ first all-star player. The team hired basketball icon Jerry West to serve as general manager in 2002. West quickly turned the team’s fortunes around, and in 2003–04 Memphis won 50 games (a 22-win improvement from the…

  • gasolene (fuel)

    Gasoline, mixture of volatile, flammable liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines. It is also used as a solvent for oils and fats. Originally a by-product of the petroleum industry (kerosene being the principal product), gasoline became the

  • Gasoline (poem by Corso)

    Gregory Corso: …all Corso’s poems, those in Gasoline (1958) are the most typical, using the rhythmic, incantatory style effective in spoken verse. In The Happy Birthday of Death (1960) he returned to an easier, conversational tone. Long Live Man (1962), Selected Poems (1962), The Mutation of the Spirit (1964), Elegiac Feelings American…

  • gasoline (fuel)

    Gasoline, mixture of volatile, flammable liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines. It is also used as a solvent for oils and fats. Originally a by-product of the petroleum industry (kerosene being the principal product), gasoline became the

  • Gasoline Alley (comic strip by King)

    Gasoline Alley, long-running comic strip created by Frank King during his tenure as a cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune. King named the strip Gasoline Alley because it dealt with a group of automobile enthusiasts who met in an alley. The strip appeared first in 1919, and in 1921 its narrative was

  • Gasoline Alley (album by Stewart)

    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley (1970) sold better and was well received by critics, but it hardly suggested what would happen in 1971. Every Picture Tells a Story charted at number one in Britain and the United States simultaneously; the single “Maggie May” repeated the feat; and Rolling…

  • gasoline engine

    Gasoline engine, any of a class of internal-combustion engines that generate power by burning a volatile liquid fuel (gasoline or a gasoline mixture such as ethanol) with ignition initiated by an electric spark. Gasoline engines can be built to meet the requirements of practically any conceivable

  • gasoline-electric bus (motor vehicle)

    bus: Development: …States, both of which built gasoline-electric models. In these buses a gasoline engine drove a direct-current generator, and the output of the generator provided electrical power for the driving motors on the rear wheels. In 1928 transcontinental bus service was initiated in the United States. In 1931 the first rear…

  • Gaspar a Myrica (Belgian engraver)

    Gerardus Mercator: …also frequented the workshop of Gaspar à Myrica, an engraver and goldsmith. The combined work of these three men soon made Leuven an important centre for the construction of globes, maps, and astronomical instruments. In 1534 Mercator married Barbara Schellekens, by whom he had six children.

  • Gasparcolor (film process)

    animation: Animation in Europe: …collaborated on a process called Gasparcolor, which, as utilized in his 1935 film Composition in Blue, won a prize at that year’s Venice Film Festival. The following year, he immigrated to Hollywood, where he worked on special effects for a number of films and was the initial designer of the…

  • Gaspard de Crayer (Flemish painter)

    Caspar de Crayer, Flemish painter of religious subjects and portraits, who was strongly influenced by his friend Peter Paul Rubens. De Crayer was a pupil of Raphael Coxcie in Brussels, where he became a master in the painters’ guild in 1607 and resided as a much-honoured citizen until 1664. In 1635

  • Gaspard de la nuit (poem by Bertrand)

    Aloysius Bertrand: …1841, Paris, France), writer whose Gaspard de la nuit (“Gaspard of the Night”) introduced the prose poem into French literature and was a source of inspiration to the Symbolist poets and later to the Surrealists.

  • Gaspard, Nicholas (Chinese pirate)

    Zheng Zhilong, Chinese pirate leader who achieved great power in the transitional period between the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911/12) dynasties. As a boy, Zheng found employment with the Europeans in the Portuguese settlement at Macau, where he was baptized and given the Christian name of

  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest (American festival)

    Florida: Cultural life: The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, comparable to the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, is held in Tampa in February, in association with the state fair.

  • Gasparini (Swiss cook)

    meringue: …a Swiss pastry cook named Gasparini. Meringues are eaten as small “kisses” or as cases and toppings for fruits, ice cream, puddings, and the like. Shapes are piped onto a baking sheet through a pastry bag and dried out thoroughly in a slow oven. They are not ordinarily browned but…

  • Gasparini, Angelo (Italian choreographer and composer)

    Gasparo Angiolini, Italian choreographer and composer who was among the first to integrate dance, music, and plot in dramatic ballets. In 1757 he became ballet master of the Vienna court opera house, where his first ballet dramas frequently relied upon gesture to convey plot. In 1761, however,

  • Ga?parovi?, Ivan (president of Slovakia)

    Slovakia: History: Ivan Ga?parovi? of the Movement for Democracy party defeated Me?iar in the presidential election that year, and the economy continued to grow. Parliamentary elections in 2006 resulted in yet another coalition of ruling parties, with the leader of the populist party Smer, Robert Fico, becoming…

  • Gasparri, Pietro (Italian cardinal)

    Pietro Gasparri, Italian cardinal who, by appointment of Pope St. Pius X, in 1904 directed the new Code of Canon Law, a systematic arrangement of ecclesiastical law now practiced by the Roman Catholic church. Ordained in 1877, Gasparri was professor of canon law at the Catholic Institute, Paris

  • Gaspé (Quebec, Canada)

    Gaspé, city, Gaspésie region, eastern Quebec province, Canada. It lies at the mouth of the York River, overlooking Gaspé Bay. The city’s name derives either from the navigator Gaspar Corte-Real, who came there about 1500, or from the Indian gespeg, meaning “end of the world.” Its site was visited

  • Gaspé Current (ocean current, North America)

    Gaspé Current, outflow from the St. Lawrence River, which moves around the Gaspé Peninsula and along the southern shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It merges with a cold branch of the Labrador (Cabot) Current before flowing through the Cabot Strait and into the North Atlantic Ocean. The current

  • Gaspé Peninsula (peninsula, Quebec, Canada)

    Gaspé Peninsula, peninsula in eastern Quebec province, Canada. The peninsula extends east-northeastward for 150 miles (240 km) from the Matapédia River into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is situated between the St. Lawrence River (north) and Chaleur Bay and New Brunswick (south). The well-forested

  • Gaspé, Philippe Aubert de (French-Canadian author)

    Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, author of the early French Canadian novel Les Anciens Canadiens (1863), which strongly influenced later regionalist writers in Canada. The son of a distinguished Quebec family, Gaspé inherited the family estate on the St. Lawrence River. He received a classical education

  • Gaspee, Burning of the (United States history)

    Burning of the Gaspee, (June 10, 1772), in U.S. colonial history, act of open civil defiance of British authority when Rhode Islanders boarded and sank the revenue cutter Gaspee in Narragansett Bay. Headed by a leading merchant, John Brown, eight boatloads of armed, reputable citizens overpowered

  • gaspereau (fish)

    Alewife, (Pomolobus, or Alosa, pseudoharengus), important North American food fish of the herring family, Clupeidae. Deeper-bodied than the true herring, the alewife has a pronounced saw-edge on the underside; it grows to about 30 cm (1 foot). Except for members of a few lake populations, it spends

  • Gasperi, Alcide de (prime minister of Italy)

    Alcide De Gasperi, politician and prime minister of Italy (1945–53) who contributed to the material and moral reconstruction of his nation after World War II. From the age of 24 De Gasperi directed the journal Il Nuovo Trentino, in which he defended Italian culture and the economic interests of his

  • Gaspesian Provincial Park (park, Quebec, Canada)

    Gaspesian Provincial Park, park in eastern Quebec province, Canada. The park occupies 500 square miles (1,295 square km) on the Gaspé Peninsula, near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. It was established in 1937 to protect the fast-diminishing herds of caribou as well as to preserve the natural b

  • Gaspésie, Péninsule de la (peninsula, Quebec, Canada)

    Gaspé Peninsula, peninsula in eastern Quebec province, Canada. The peninsula extends east-northeastward for 150 miles (240 km) from the Matapédia River into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is situated between the St. Lawrence River (north) and Chaleur Bay and New Brunswick (south). The well-forested

  • Gaspirali, Ismail (Turkish writer)

    Ismail Gasprinski, Turkish journalist and writer who was an advocate of pan-Islāmic unity and whose writings significantly contributed to the growth of cultural identity within the Turkic community of Russia. An ethnic Turk, Gasprinski was educated at a Moscow military school. In 1871 he traveled

  • Gaspirali, Ismail Bey (Turkish writer)

    Ismail Gasprinski, Turkish journalist and writer who was an advocate of pan-Islāmic unity and whose writings significantly contributed to the growth of cultural identity within the Turkic community of Russia. An ethnic Turk, Gasprinski was educated at a Moscow military school. In 1871 he traveled

  • gasplant (plant species)

    Gas plant, (Dictamnus albus), gland-covered herb of the rue family (Rutaceae). Gas plant is native to Eurasia and is grown as an ornamental in many places. The flowers (white or pink) and the leaves give off a strong aromatic vapour that can be ignited—hence the names gas plant and burning bush.

  • Gaspra (asteroid)

    Galileo: …Galileo flew past the asteroids Gaspra (October 29, 1991) and Ida (August 28, 1993), thereby providing the first close-up views of such bodies; in the process, it discovered a tiny satellite (Dactyl) orbiting Ida. Galileo also furnished a unique perspective of the collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter as…

  • Gasprinski, Ismail (Turkish writer)

    Ismail Gasprinski, Turkish journalist and writer who was an advocate of pan-Islāmic unity and whose writings significantly contributed to the growth of cultural identity within the Turkic community of Russia. An ethnic Turk, Gasprinski was educated at a Moscow military school. In 1871 he traveled

  • Gasprinski, ?smail Bey (Turkish writer)

    Ismail Gasprinski, Turkish journalist and writer who was an advocate of pan-Islāmic unity and whose writings significantly contributed to the growth of cultural identity within the Turkic community of Russia. An ethnic Turk, Gasprinski was educated at a Moscow military school. In 1871 he traveled

  • Gasquet, Francis Aidan (British cardinal)

    Francis Aidan Gasquet, English Roman Catholic historian, a cardinal from 1914, and prefect of the Vatican archives from 1917. Educated at Downside School (Somerset), Gasquet entered the Benedictine monastery there and was prior from 1878 to 1885. From 1888 onward he published works on monastic

  • Gasquet, Francis Neil Aidan (British cardinal)

    Francis Aidan Gasquet, English Roman Catholic historian, a cardinal from 1914, and prefect of the Vatican archives from 1917. Educated at Downside School (Somerset), Gasquet entered the Benedictine monastery there and was prior from 1878 to 1885. From 1888 onward he published works on monastic

  • Gass, John Donald MacIntyre (American ophthalmologist)

    J. Donald MacIntyre Gass, American ophthalmologist (born Aug. 2, 1928, Prince Edward Island—died Feb. 26, 2005, Nashville, Tenn.), conducted groundbreaking research on diseases of the retina, which led to treatments that saved the eyesight of thousands of patients. Gass was among the leading d

  • Gass, William H. (American author)

    William H. Gass, American writer noted for his experimentation with stylistic devices. Gass called his fiction works “experimental constructions,” and each of his books contains stylistic innovations. His first novel, Omensetter’s Luck (1966), is about a man whose purity and good fortune are

  • Gass, William Howard (American author)

    William H. Gass, American writer noted for his experimentation with stylistic devices. Gass called his fiction works “experimental constructions,” and each of his books contains stylistic innovations. His first novel, Omensetter’s Luck (1966), is about a man whose purity and good fortune are

  • Gassend, Pierre (French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist)

    Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician, who revived Epicureanism as a substitute for Aristotelianism, attempting in the process to reconcile mechanistic atomism with the Christian belief in an infinite God. Born into a family of commoners, Gassendi received his early

  • Gassendi, Pierre (French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist)

    Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician, who revived Epicureanism as a substitute for Aristotelianism, attempting in the process to reconcile mechanistic atomism with the Christian belief in an infinite God. Born into a family of commoners, Gassendi received his early

  • Gasser, Herbert Spencer (American physiologist)

    Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, corecipient (with Joseph Erlanger) of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1944 for fundamental discoveries concerning the functions of different kinds of nerve fibres. At Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. (1916–31), where he was professor

  • gassing (textile production)

    textile: Singeing: Also called gassing, singeing is a process applied to both yarns and fabrics to produce an even surface by burning off projecting fibres, yarn ends, and fuzz. This is accomplished by passing the fibre or yarn over a gas flame or heated copper plates…

  • Gassion, Edith Giovanna (French singer)

    Edith Piaf, French singer and actress whose interpretation of the chanson, or French ballad, made her internationally famous. Among her trademark songs were “Non, je ne regrette rien” (“No, I Don’t Regret Anything”) and “La Vie en rose” (literally “Life in Pink” [i.e., through “rose-coloured

  • Gassman, Vittorio (Italian actor and director)

    Vittorio Gassman, Italian actor and director (born Sept. 1, 1922, Genoa, Italy—died June 29, 2000, Rome, Italy), epitomized the quintessential Italian leading man—“tall, dark, and handsome”—but his conventional good looks sometimes obscured his talent and versatility in both comic and serious r

  • Gassner, Dennis (Canadian production designer and art director)
  • gastald (Italian royal official)

    Italy: Lombard Italy: …either a duke or a gastald governed each city and its territory; the difference seems to have been principally one of status. In the southern duchies, local rulers were all gastalds. These officials were in charge of the local law courts, led the city army, and administered the royal lands…

  • Gastaldi (Italian royal official)

    Italy: Lombard Italy: …either a duke or a gastald governed each city and its territory; the difference seems to have been principally one of status. In the southern duchies, local rulers were all gastalds. These officials were in charge of the local law courts, led the city army, and administered the royal lands…

  • Gastarbeiter (migrant labourer)

    migrant labour: Migrant labour around the world: …labour shortage, attracting several million workers from Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia. The same phenomenon drew many workers to France from North Africa, Spain, and Italy, while Britain pulled workers from its former colonies in South Asia, Africa, and the West Indies. After western Europe’s economic growth tapered off in…

  • Gastein (Austria)

    Badgastein, town in the Gastein Valley of west-central Austria, on the Gasteiner Ache (river). Its radioactive thermal springs have been visited since the 13th century, and royal and other eminent patrons brought it world renown in the 19th century. Now one of Austria’s most important spas and

  • Gastein Valley (region, Austria)

    Gastein Valley, side valley of the Salzach River, in Bundesland (federal state) Salzburg, west-central Austria. Lying along the north slope of the Hohe Tauern Mountains and traversed by the Gasteiner River, it is a popular scenic area centred on the resorts of Badgastein (q.v.) and Bad

  • Gastein, Convention of (Prussian-Austrian treaty)

    Convention of Gastein, agreement between Austria and Prussia reached on Aug. 20, 1865, after their seizure of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein from Denmark in 1864; it temporarily postponed the final struggle between them for hegemony over Germany. The pact provided that both the emperor of

  • Gasteinertal (region, Austria)

    Gastein Valley, side valley of the Salzach River, in Bundesland (federal state) Salzburg, west-central Austria. Lying along the north slope of the Hohe Tauern Mountains and traversed by the Gasteiner River, it is a popular scenic area centred on the resorts of Badgastein (q.v.) and Bad

  • Gasteiz (Spain)

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of álava provincia (province), in Basque Country comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), northeastern Spain. It is located north of the Vitoria Hills on the Zadorra River, southwest of San Sebastián. Founded as Victoriacum by the Visigothic king Leovigild to celebrate

  • Gaster, Moses (British scholar)

    Romanian literature: The 20th century: Moses Gaster pioneered modern Romanian folklore research.

  • Gaster, Theodor (American religious historian)

    myth: Performing arts: …of drama are obscure, but Theodor Gaster, an American historian of religion, has suggested that in the ancient eastern Mediterranean world the interrelationship of myth and ritual created drama. Elsewhere, dramatic presentations (as in Japanese nō plays and the Javanese wayang) are similarly rooted in myth.

  • gasteromycetes (fungi)

    Gasteromycetes, name often given to a subgroup of fungi consisting of more than 700 species in the phylum Basidiomycota (kingdom Fungi). Their spores, called basidiospores, are borne within a variety of fruiting bodies (basidiocarps) that are often spherical or egg-shaped and resemble mushrooms.

  • Gasteropelecidae (fish family)

    ostariophysan: Annotated classification: Family Gasteropelecidae (hatchetfishes) Deep, strongly compressed body; pectoral fins with well-developed musculature. Capable of true flight. Insectivorous. Aquarium fishes. Size to 10 cm (4 inches). South and Central America. 3 genera, 9 species. Family Anostomidae (headstanders

  • Gasteropelecus sternicula (fish)

    hatchetfish: …hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata), and the silver hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicula), which is olive above and silver below.

  • Gasterophilinae (insect)

    bot fly: Horse bot flies (subfamily Gasterophilinae) include species of Gasterophilus, a serious horse pest. The adult horse fly, often known as a gad fly, deposits between about 400 and 500 eggs (nits) on the horse’s forelegs, nose, lips, and body. The larvae remain in the eggs…

  • Gasterosteidae (fish)

    Stickleback, any of about eight species of fishes in five genera of the family Gasterosteidae (order Gasterosteiformes) found in fresh, brackish, and marine waters in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere as far north as the Arctic Ocean. Sticklebacks are small, elongated fishes that reach a

  • gasterosteiform (fish order)

    Gasterosteiform, (order Gasterosteiformes), any member of a group of fishes characterized generally by tubular mouths, soft fin rays, pelvic fins located on the abdomen, an air bladder without a duct to the gut, and a primitive kidney. Gill structures are somewhat degenerate. Most species have bony

  • Gasterosteiformes (fish order)

    Gasterosteiform, (order Gasterosteiformes), any member of a group of fishes characterized generally by tubular mouths, soft fin rays, pelvic fins located on the abdomen, an air bladder without a duct to the gut, and a primitive kidney. Gill structures are somewhat degenerate. Most species have bony

  • Gasterosteus aculeatus (fish)

    stickleback: The three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere in fresh and salt water. It is 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) long and has three dorsal spines. The nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius), a species that is similar in size to G.…

  • Gastfenger, Polykarpus (German physician and writer)

    Heinrich Hoffmann, German physician and writer who is best known for his creation of Struwwelpeter (“Slovenly Peter”), a boy whose wild appearance is matched by his naughty behaviour. Peter appeared in Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder mit füntzehn sch?n kolorten Tafeln für Kinder von 3–6

  • Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo (Italian composer)

    balletto: …compositions by the Italian Giovanni Gastoldi in 1591 in his Balletti a cinque voci . . . per cantare, sonare, et ballare (Balletti in Five Voices . . . to Sing, Play, and Dance).

  • Gaston de France (French prince)

    Gaston, duke d’Orléans, prince who readily lent his prestige to several unsuccessful conspiracies and revolts against the ministerial governments during the reign of his brother, King Louis XIII (ruled 1610–43), and the minority of his nephew, Louis XIV (ruled 1643–1715). The third son of King

  • Gaston III (French count)

    Gaston III, count of Foix from 1343, who made Foix one of the most influential and powerful domains in France. A handsome man (hence the surname Phoebus), his court in southern France was famous for its luxury. His passion for hunting led him to write the treatise Livre de la chasse (“Book of the

  • Gaston, Cito (American baseball player and manager)

    Toronto Blue Jays: That season, with new manager Cito Gaston, Toronto again captured a divisional crown, but they were defeated by the eventual champion Oakland Athletics in the ALCS. The Jays again lost in the ALCS in 1991 (to the Minnesota Twins). In 1992 the team reached its first World Series, behind the…

  • Gastonia (North Carolina, United States)

    Gastonia, city, seat (1909) of Gaston county, southwestern North Carolina, U.S. It lies on the central Piedmont Plateau, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Charlotte. The site was settled in the late 18th century and named for William Gaston, a congressman and judge. After the establishment of its

  • gastraea theory (biology)

    Ernst Haeckel: Haeckel’s views on evolution: His gastraea theory, tracing all multicellular animals to a hypothetical two-layered ancestor, stimulated both discussion and investigation. His propensities to systematization along evolutionary lines led to his valuable contributions to the knowledge of such invertebrates as medusae, radiolarians, siphonophores, and calcareous sponges.

  • gastrectomy (surgical procedure)

    Gastrectomy, surgical removal of all or part of the stomach. This procedure is used to remove both benign and malignant neoplasms (tumours) of the stomach, including adenocarcinoma and lymphoma of the stomach. A variety of less-common benign tumours of the stomach or stomach wall can also be

  • gastric artery (anatomy)

    human cardiovascular system: The aorta and its principal branches: …immediately divides into the left gastric artery, serving part of the stomach and esophagus; the hepatic artery, which primarily serves the liver; and the splenic artery, which supplies the stomach, pancreas, and spleen.

  • gastric atrophy (pathology)

    digestive system disease: Gastritis: Another form of gastritis is gastric atrophy, in which the thickness of the mucosa is diminished. Gastric atrophy is often the culmination of damage to the stomach over many years. Diffuse gastric atrophy leads to partial loss of the glandular and secreting cells throughout the stomach and may be associated…

  • gastric bypass surgery (medicine)

    therapeutics: Obesity: …are vertical banded gastroplasty and gastric bypass, both of which reduce the size of the stomach. Gastric bypass is effective in teenagers as well as adults, with potentially lifelong benefits in young persons, especially when combined with behavioral changes to improve eating habits and physical activity.

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