Plural Nouns Starting with D

Dacotahs (n. pl.) Same as Dacotas.

Dagges (n. pl.) An ornamental cutting of the edges of garments, introduced about a. d. 1346, according to the Chronicles of St Albans.

Darbies (n. pl.) Manacles; handcuffs.

Dasypaedes (n. pl.) Those birds whose young are covered with down when hatched.

Data (n. pl.) See Datum.

Dayaks (n. pl.) See Dyaks.

Deads (n. pl.) The substances which inclose the ore on every side.

Deadworks (n. pl.) The parts of a ship above the water when she is laden.

Decacerata (n. pl.) The division of Cephalopoda which includes the squids, cuttlefishes, and others having ten arms or tentacles; -- called also Decapoda. [Written also Decacera.] See Dibranchiata.

Decagynia (n. pl.) A Linnaean order of plants characterized by having ten styles.

Decandria (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants characterized by having ten stamens.

Decapoda (n. pl.) The order of Crustacea which includes the shrimps, lobsters, crabs, etc.

Decapoda (n. pl.) A division of the dibranchiate cephalopods including the cuttlefishes and squids. See Decacera.

Deciduata (n. pl.) A group of Mammalia in which a decidua is thrown off with, or after, the fetus, as in the human species.

Dees (n. pl.) Dice.

Dejecta (n. pl.) Excrements; as, the dejecta of the sick.

Delawares (n. pl.) A tribe of Indians formerly inhabiting the valley of the Delaware River, but now mostly located in the Indian Territory.

Delenda (n. pl.) Things to be erased or blotted out.

Delices (n. pl.) Delicacies; delights.

Delphinoidea (n. pl.) The division of Cetacea which comprises the dolphins, porpoises, and related forms.

Dendroc/la (n. pl.) A division of the Turbellaria in which the digestive cavity gives off lateral branches, which are often divided into smaller branchlets.

Dentelli (n. pl.) Modillions.

Denticete (n. pl.) The division of Cetacea in which the teeth are developed, including the sperm whale, dolphins, etc.

Dermobranchiata (n. pl.) A group of nudibranch mollusks without special gills.

Dermoptera (n. pl.) The division of insects which includes the earwigs (Forticulidae).

Dermoptera (n. pl.) A group of lemuroid mammals having a parachutelike web of skin between the fore and hind legs, of which the colugo (Galeopithecus) is the type. See Colugo.

Dermoptera (n. pl.) An order of Mammalia; the Cheiroptera.

Dermopteri (n. pl.) Same as Dermopterygii.

Dermopterygii (n. pl.) A group of fishlike animals including the Marsipobranchiata and Leptocardia.

Derotremata (n. pl.) The tribe of aquatic Amphibia which includes Amphiuma, Menopoma, etc. They have permanent gill openings, but no external gills; -- called also Cryptobranchiata.

Desiderata (n. pl.) See Desideratum.

Desmobacteria (n. pl.) See Microbacteria.

Desmomyaria (n. pl.) The division of Tunicata which includes the Salpae. See Salpa.

Diadelphia (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants whose stamens are united into two bodies or bundles by their filaments.

Diandria (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants having two stamens.

Dibranchiata (n. pl.) An order of cephalopods which includes those with two gills, an apparatus for emitting an inky fluid, and either eight or ten cephalic arms bearing suckers or hooks, as the octopi and squids. See Cephalopoda.

Dicta (n. pl.) See Dictum.

Dicyemata (n. pl.) An order of worms parasitic in cephalopods. They are remarkable for the extreme simplicity of their structure. The embryo exists in two forms.

Didelphia (n. pl.) The subclass of Mammalia which includes the marsupials. See Marsupialia.

Didynamia (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants having four stamens disposed in pairs of unequal length.

Digenea (n. pl.) A division of Trematoda in which alternate generations occur, the immediate young not resembling their parents.

Diggers (n. pl.) A degraded tribe of California Indians; -- so called from their practice of digging roots for food.

Dimera (n. pl.) A division of Coleoptera, having two joints to the tarsi.

Dimera (n. pl.) A division of the Hemiptera, including the aphids.

Dimya (n. pl.) Alt. of Dimyaria

Dimyaria (n. pl.) An order of lamellibranchiate mollusks having an anterior and posterior adductor muscle, as the common clam. See Bivalve.

Dinosauria (n. pl.) An order of extinct mesozoic reptiles, mostly of large size (whence the name). Notwithstanding their size, they present birdlike characters in the skeleton, esp. in the pelvis and hind limbs. Some walked on their three-toed hind feet, thus producing the large "bird tracks," so-called, of mesozoic sandstones; others were five-toed and quadrupedal. See Illust. of Compsognathus, also Illustration of Dinosaur in Appendix.

Dioecia (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants having the stamens and pistils on different plants.

Dioecia (n. pl.) A subclass of gastropod mollusks in which the sexes are separate. It includes most of the large marine species, like the conchs, cones, and cowries.

Diplopoda (n. pl.) An order of myriapods having two pairs of legs on each segment; the Chilognatha.

Dipneumona (n. pl.) A group of spiders having only two lunglike organs.

Dipnoi (n. pl.) A group of ganoid fishes, including the living genera Ceratodus and Lepidosiren, which present the closest approximation to the Amphibia. The air bladder acts as a lung, and the nostrils open inside the mouth. See Ceratodus, and Illustration in Appendix.

Diptera (n. pl.) An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs (mandibles and maxillae) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their larvae (called maggots) being usually without feet.

Discodactylia (n. pl.) A division of amphibians having suctorial disks on the toes, as the tree frogs.

Discophora (n. pl.) A division of acalephs or jellyfishes, including most of the large disklike species.

Disparates (n. pl.) Things so unequal or unlike that they can not be compared with each other.

Diurna (n. pl.) A division of Lepidoptera, including the butterflies; -- so called because they fly only in the daytime.

Docetae (n. pl.) Ancient heretics who held that Christ's body was merely a phantom or appearance.

Docoglossa (n. pl.) An order of gastropods, including the true limpets, and having the teeth on the odontophore or lingual ribbon.

Dodecagynia (n. pl.) A Linnaean order of plants having twelve styles.

Dodecandria (n. pl.) A Linnaean class of plants including all that have any number of stamens between twelve and nineteen.

Dohtren (n. pl.) Daughters.

Doldrums (n. pl.) A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; -- so called by sailors.

dorsibranchiata (n. pl.) A division of chaetopod annelids in which the branchiae are along the back, on each side, or on the parapodia. [See Illusts. under Annelida and Chaetopoda.]

Doublets (n. pl.) See Doublet, 6 and 7.

Doughtren (n. pl.) Daughters.

Dragees (n. pl.) Sugar-coated medicines.

Draughts (n. pl.) A mild vesicatory. See Draught, n., 3 (c).

Draughts (n. pl.) A game, now more commonly called checkers. See Checkers.

Dravida (n. pl.) A race of Hindostan, believed to be the original people who occupied the land before the Hindoo or Aryan invasion.

Drawgloves (n. pl.) An old game, played by holding up the fingers.

Duds (n. pl.) Old or inferior clothes; tattered garments.

Duds (n. pl.) Effects, in general.

Dyaks (n. pl.) The aboriginal and most numerous inhabitants of Borneo. They are partially civilized, but retain many barbarous practices.

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