Plural Nouns Starting with B

Bacchanalia (n. pl.) A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.

Bacchanalia (n. pl.) Hence: A drunken feast; drunken reveler.

Bacillariae (n. pl.) See Diatom.

Baisemains (n. pl.) Respects; compliments.

Banns (n. pl.) Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place.

Basommatophora (n. pl.) A group of Pulmonifera having the eyes at the base of the tentacles, including the common pond snails.

Batoidei (n. pl.) The division of fishes which includes the rays and skates.

Batrachia (n. pl.) The order of amphibians which includes the frogs and toads; the Anura. Sometimes the word is used in a wider sense as equivalent to Amphibia.

Bdelloidea (n. pl.) The order of Annulata which includes the leeches. See Hirudinea.

Beastings (n. pl.) See Biestings.

Bedclothes (n. pl.) Blankets, sheets, coverlets, etc., for a bed.

Belles-lettres (n. pl.) Polite or elegant literature; the humanities; -- used somewhat vaguely for literary works in which imagination and taste are predominant.

Bibbs (n. pl.) Pieces of timber bolted to certain parts of a mast to support the trestletrees.

Biestings (n. pl.) Alt. of Beestings

Beestings (n. pl.) The first milk given by a cow after calving.

Bimana (n. pl.) Animals having two hands; -- a term applied by Cuvier to man as a special order of Mammalia.

Bitters (n. pl.) A liquor, generally spirituous in which a bitter herb, leaf, or root is steeped.

Bitts (n. pl.) A frame of two strong timbers fixed perpendicularly in the fore part of a ship, on which to fasten the cables as the ship rides at anchor, or in warping. Other bitts are used for belaying (belaying bitts), for sustaining the windlass (carrick bitts, winch bitts, or windlass bitts), to hold the pawls of the windlass (pawl bitts) etc.

Blackfeet (n. pl.) A tribe of North American Indians formerly inhabiting the country from the upper Missouri River to the Saskatchewan, but now much reduced in numbers.

Blacks (n. pl.) The name of a kind of in used in copperplate printing, prepared from the charred husks of the grape, and residue of the wine press.

Blacks (n. pl.) Soot flying in the air.

Blacks (n. pl.) Black garments, etc. See Black, n., 4.

Blastoidea (n. pl.) One of the divisions of Crinoidea found fossil in paleozoic rocks; pentremites. They are so named on account of their budlike form.

Bollandists (n. pl.) The Jesuit editors of the "Acta Sanctorum", or Lives of the Saints; -- named from John Bolland, who began the work.

Botocudos (n. pl.) A Brazilian tribe of Indians, noted for their use of poisons; -- also called Aymbores.

Bots (n. pl.) The larvae of several species of botfly, especially those larvae which infest the stomach, throat, or intestines of the horse, and are supposed to be the cause of various ailments.

Botts (n. pl.) See Bots.

Bouchees (n. pl.) Small patties.

Bouts-rimes (n. pl.) Words that rhyme, proposed as the ends of verses, to be filled out by the ingenuity of the person to whom they are offered.

Bow-bells (n. pl.) The bells of Bow Church in London; cockneydom.

Bowls (n. pl.) See Bowl, a ball, a game.

Brachelytra (n. pl.) A group of beetles having short elytra, as the rove beetles.

Brachia (n. pl.) See Brachium.

Brachiata (n. pl.) A division of the Crinoidea, including those furnished with long jointed arms. See Crinoidea.

Brachioganoidei (n. pl.) An order of ganoid fishes of which the bichir of Africa is a living example. See Crossopterygii.

Brachiolaria (n. pl.) A peculiar early larval stage of certain starfishes, having a bilateral structure, and swimming by means of bands of vibrating cilia.

Brachyptera (n. pl.) A group of Coleoptera having short wings; the rove beetles.

Brachyura (n. pl.) A group of decapod Crustacea, including the common crabs, characterized by a small and short abdomen, which is bent up beneath the large cephalo-thorax. [Also spelt Brachyoura.] See Crab, and Illustration in Appendix.

Branchiogastropoda (n. pl.) Those Gastropoda that breathe by branchiae, including the Prosobranchiata and Opisthobranchiata.

Branchiopoda (n. pl.) An order of Entomostraca; -- so named from the feet of branchiopods having been supposed to perform the function of gills. It includes the fresh-water genera Branchipus, Apus, and Limnadia, and the genus Artemia found in salt lakes. It is also called Phyllopoda. See Phyllopoda, Cladocera. It is sometimes used in a broader sense.

Branchiura (n. pl.) A group of Entomostraca, with suctorial mouths, including species parasitic on fishes, as the carp lice (Argulus).

Breeches (n. pl.) A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.

Breeches (n. pl.) Trousers; pantaloons.

Brills (n. pl.) The hair on the eyelids of a horse.

British (n. pl.) People of Great Britain.

Brogues (n. pl.) Breeches.

Bronchi (n. pl.) See Bronchus.

Bronchia (n. pl.) The bronchial tubes which arise from the branching of the trachea, esp. the subdivision of the bronchi.

Bryophyta (n. pl.) See Cryptogamia.

Bryozoa (n. pl.) A class of Molluscoidea, including minute animals which by budding form compound colonies; -- called also Polyzoa.

Bunodonta (n. pl.) Alt. of Bunodonts

Bunodonts (n. pl.) A division of the herbivorous mammals including the hogs and hippopotami; -- so called because the teeth are tuberculated.

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