Words whose third letter is Y

Adynamia(n.) Considerable debility of the vital powers, as in typhoid fever.

Asylum(n.) An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum.

Bayard(a.) Properly, a bay horse, but often any horse. Commonly in the phrase blind bayard, an old blind horse.

Beyond(prep.) Past, out of the reach or sphere of; further than; greater than; as, the patient was beyond medical aid; beyond one's strength.

Bryophyta(n. pl.) See Cryptogamia.

Cry(v. i.) Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor.

Cry(v. i.) A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories.

Cryophorus(n.) An instrument used to illustrate the freezing of water by its own evaporation. The ordinary form consists of two glass bulbs, connected by a tube of the same material, and containing only a quantity of water and its vapor, devoid of air. The water is in one of the bulbs, and freezes when the other is cooled below 32? Fahr.

Cryptobranchiata(n. pl.) A division of the Amphibia; the Derotremata.

Cryptogram(n.) A cipher writing. Same as Cryptograph.

Cryptograph(n.) Cipher; something written in cipher.

Cryptographal(a.) Pertaining to cryptography; cryptographical.

Cryptographer(n.) One who writes in cipher, or secret characters.

Cryptographic(a.) Alt. of Cryptographical

Cryptographical(a.) Relating to cryptography; written in secret characters or in cipher, or with sympathetic ink.

Cryptographist(n.) Same as Cryptographer.

Cryptography(n.) The act or art of writing in secret characters; also, secret characters, or cipher.

Crystallographer(n.) One who describes crystals, or the manner of their formation; one versed in crystallography.

Crystallographic(a.) Alt. of Crystallographical

Crystallographical(a.) Pertaining to crystallography.

Crystallographically(adv.) In the manner of crystallography.

Crystallography(n.) The doctrine or science of crystallization, teaching the system of forms among crystals, their structure, and their methods of formation.

Crystallography(n.) A discourse or treatise on crystallization.

Dayflower(n.) A genus consisting mostly of tropical perennial herbs (Commelina), having ephemeral flowers.

Dayfly(n.) A neuropterous insect of the genus Ephemera and related genera, of many species, and inhabiting fresh water in the larval state; the ephemeral fly; -- so called because it commonly lives but one day in the winged or adult state. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

Dryad(n.) A wood nymph; a nymph whose life was bound up with that of her tree.

Dryobalanops(n.) The genus to which belongs the single species D. Camphora, a lofty resinous tree of Borneo and Sumatra, yielding Borneo camphor and camphor oil.

Duykerbok(n.) A small South African antelope (Cephalous mergens); -- called also impoon, and deloo.

Egyptology(n.) The science or study of Egyptian antiquities, esp. the hieroglyphics.

Eryngium(n.) A genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles in appearance. Eryngium maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.

Erythrite(n.) A colorless crystal.

Erythrogen(n.) Carbon disulphide; -- so called from certain red compounds which it produces in combination with other substances.

Erythrophleine(n.) A white crystal.

Erythrophyll(n.) Alt. of Erythrophyllin

Erythrophyllin(n.) The red coloring matter of leaves, fruits, flowers, etc., in distinction from chlorophyll.

Etymology(n.) That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of form and meaning.

Glycogen(n.) A white, amorphous, tasteless substance resembling starch, soluble in water to an opalescent fluid. It is found abundantly in the liver of most animals, and in small quantity in other organs and tissues, particularly in the embryo. It is quickly changed into sugar when boiled with dilute sulphuric or hydrochloric acid, and also by the action of amylolytic ferments.

Glycolide(n.) A white amorphous powder, C4H4O, obtained by heating and dehydrating glycolic acid.

Glycyrrhizin(n.) A glucoside found in licorice root (Glycyrrhiza), in monesia bark (Chrysophyllum), in the root of the walnut, etc., and extracted as a yellow, amorphous powder, of a bittersweet taste.

Glyoxal(n.) A white, amorphous, deliquescent powder, (CO.H)2, obtained by the partial oxidation of glycol. It is a double aldehyde, between glycol and oxalic acid.

Glyph(n.) A sunken channel or groove, usually vertical. See Triglyph.

Glyphic(a.) Of or pertaining to sculpture or carving of any sort, esp. to glyphs.

Glyphograph(n.) A plate made by glyphography, or an impression taken from such a plate.

Glyphographic(a.) Of or pertaining to glyphography.

Glyphography(n.) A process similar to etching, in which, by means of voltaic electricity, a raised copy of a drawing is made, so that it can be used to print from.

Glyptographic(a.) Relating to glyptography, or the art of engraving on precious stones.

Glyptography(n.) The art or process of engraving on precious stones.

Gryphaea(n.) A genus of cretaceous fossil shells allied to the oyster.

Gryphite(n.) A shell of the genus Gryphea.

Gryphon(n.) The griffin vulture.

Heyday(n.) The time of triumph and exultation; hence, joy, high spirits, frolicsomeness; wildness.

Key(n.) That part of an instrument or machine which serves as the means of operating it; as, a telegraph key; the keys of a pianoforte, or of a typewriter.

Leyden jar() Alt. of Leyden phial

Leyden phial() A glass jar or bottle used to accumulate electricity. It is coated with tin foil, within and without, nearly to its top, and is surmounted by a brass knob which communicates with the inner coating, for the purpose of charging it with electricity. It is so named from having been invented in Leyden, Holland.

Loyal(a.) Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the prince or sovereign to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance.

Mayoral(n.) The conductir of a mule team; also, a head shepherd.

Nay(adv.) Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.

Acyclic(a.) Having an open-chain structure; aliphatic.

Amygdala(n.) One of the tonsils of the pharynx.

Amygdala(n.) One of the rounded prominences of the lower surface of the lateral hemispheres of the cerebellum, each side of the vallecula.

Boy scout() Orig., a member of the "Boy Scouts," an organization of boys founded in 1908, by Sir R. S. S. Baden-Powell, to promote good citizenship by creating in them a spirit of civic duty and of usefulness to others, by stimulating their interest in wholesome mental, moral, industrial, and physical activities, etc. Hence, a member of any of the other similar organizations, which are now worldwide. In "The Boy Scouts of America" the local councils are generally under a scout commissioner

Doyen(n.) Lit., a dean; the senior member of a body or group; as, the doyen of French physicians.

Glyph(n.) A carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted.

Key(n.) A simplified version or analysis which accompanies something as a clue to its explanation, a book or table containing the solutions to problems, ciphers, allegories, or the like, or a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group.

Mayan(a.) Designating, or pertaining to, an American Indian linguistic stock occupying the Mexican States of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Yucatan, together with a part of Guatemala and a part of Salvador. The Mayan peoples are dark, short, and brachycephallic, and at the time of the discovery had attained a higher grade of culture than any other American people. They cultivated a variety of crops, were expert in the manufacture and dyeing of cotton fabrics, used cacao as a medium.

Payne's process() A process for preserving timber and rendering it incombustible by impregnating it successively with solutions of sulphate of iron and calcium chloride in vacuo.

Phycomycetes(n. pl.) A large, important class of parasitic or saprophytic fungi, the algal or algalike fungi. The plant body ranges from an undifferentiated mass of protoplasm to a well-developed and much-branched mycelium. Reproduction is mainly sexual, by the formation of conidia or sporangia; but the group shows every form of transition from this method through simple conjugation to perfect sexual reproduction by egg and sperm in the higher forms.

Physiography(n.) The descriptive part of a natural science as distinguished from the explanatory or theoretic part; as, mineral physiography.

Stylus(n.) In a photograph, a pointed piece which is moved by the vibrations given to the diaphragm by a sound, and produces the indented record; also, a pointed piece which follows the indented record, vibrates the diaphragm, and reproduces the sound.

Onychophora(n. pl.) Malacopoda.

Oryctography(n.) Description of fossils.

Oxyacid(n.) An acid containing oxygen, as chloric acid or sulphuric acid; -- contrasted with the hydracids, which contain no oxygen, as hydrochloric acid. See Acid, and Hydroxy-.

Oxygen(n.) A colorless, tasteless, odorless, gaseous element occurring in the free state in the atmosphere, of which it forms about 23 per cent by weight and about 21 per cent by volume, being slightly heavier than nitrogen. Symbol O. Atomic weight 15.96.

Oxyphenic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, the phenol formerly called oxyphenic acid, and now oxyphenol and pyrocatechin. See Pyrocatechin.

Oxyphenol(n.) A phenol, /////, produced by the distillation of catechin; called also oxyphenic acid, and now pyrocatechin.

Oxyphony(n.) Acuteness or shrillness of voice.

Oxyquino Oxysalt(n.) A salt of an oxyacid, as a sulphate.

Oxysulphide(n.) A ternary compound of oxygen and sulphur.

Oxysulphuret(n.) An oxysulphide.

Peyer's glands() Patches of lymphoid nodules, in the walls of the small intestiness; agminated glands; -- called also Peyer's patches. In typhoid fever they become the seat of ulcers which are regarded as the characteristic organic lesion of that disease.

Phycography(n.) A description of seaweeds.

Phycophaeine(n.) A brown coloring matter found in certain algae.

Phylacter(n.) A phylactery.

Phylactered(a.) Wearing a phylactery.

Phylacterical(a.) Of or pertaining to phylacteries.

Phylactolaemata(n. pl.) An order of fresh-water Bryozoa in which the tentacles are arranged on a horseshoe-shaped lophophore, and the mouth is covered by an epistome. Called also Lophopoda, and hippocrepians.

Phylarch(n.) The chief of a phyle, or tribe.

Phylarchy(n.) The office of a phylarch; government of a class or tribe.

Phyllo-() A combining form from Gr. / a leaf; as, phyllopod, phyllotaxy.

Phyllocyanin(n.) A blue coloring matter extracted from chlorophyll.

Phyllocyst(n.) The cavity of a hydrophyllium.

Phyllodineous(a.) Having phyllodia; relating to phyllodia.

Phyllody(n.) A retrograde metamorphosis of the floral organs to the condition of leaves.

Phyllome(n.) A foliar part of a plant; any organ homologous with a leaf, or produced by metamorphosis of a leaf.

Phyllomorphosis(n.) The succession and variation of leaves during different seasons.

Phyllophagan(n.) One of a group of marsupials including the phalangists.

Phyllophagan(n.) One of a tribe of beetles which feed upon the leaves of plants, as the chafers.

Phyllophagous(a.) Substituting on leaves; leaf-eating.

Phyllophorous(a.) Leaf-bearing; producing leaves.

Phylloltomid(n.) A phyllostome.

Phyllotactic(a.) Of or pertaining to phyllotaxy.

Phyllous(a.) Homologous with a leaf; as, the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils are phyllous organs.

Phylloxanthin(n.) A yellow coloring matter extracted from chlorophyll.

Phylloxera(n.) A small hemipterous insect (Phylloxera vastatrix) allied to the aphids. It attacks the roots and leaves of the grapevine, doing great damage, especially in Europe.

Phylogeny(n.) The history of genealogical development; the race history of an animal or vegetable type; the historic exolution of the phylon or tribe, in distinction from ontogeny, or the development of the individual organism, and from biogenesis, or life development generally.

Phylogenetic(a.) Relating to phylogenesis, or the race history of a type of organism.

Physalia(n.) A genus of large oceanic Siphonophora which includes the Portuguese man-of-war.

Physaliae(n. pl.) An order of Siphonophora which includes Physalia.

Physianthropy(n.) The philosophy of human life, or the doctrine of the constitution and diseases of man, and their remedies.

Physic(n.) A physician.

Physic(v. t.) To treat with physic or medicine; to administer medicine to, esp. a cathartic; to operate on as a cathartic; to purge.

Physical(a.) Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man.

Physical(a.) Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena; as, physical science; physical laws.

Physical(a.) Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral.

Physical(a.) Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative.

Physically(adv.) In a physical manner; according to the laws of nature or physics; by physical force; not morally.

Physician(n.) A person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to prescribe remedies for, and treat, diseases; a doctor of medicine.

Physician(n.) Hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases; as, a physician of the soul.

Physicianed(a.) Licensed as a physician.

Physicism(n.) The tendency of the mind toward, or its preoccupation with, physical phenomena; materialism in philosophy and religion.

Physicist(n.) One versed in physics.

Physicist(n.) A believer in the theory that the fundamental phenomena of life are to be explained upon purely chemical and physical principles; -- opposed to vitalist.

Physico-() A combining form, denoting relation to, or dependence upon, natural causes, or the science of physics.

Physicochemical(a.) Involving the principles of both physics and chemistry; dependent on, or produced by, the joint action of physical and chemical agencies.

Physicologic(n.) Logic illustrated by physics.

Physicological(a.) Of or pertaining to physicologic.

Physico-philosophy(n.) The philosophy of nature.

Physico-theology(n.) Theology or divinity illustrated or enforced by physics or natural philosophy.

Physics(n.) The science of nature, or of natural objects; that branch of science which treats of the laws and properties of matter, and the forces acting upon it; especially, that department of natural science which treats of the causes (as gravitation, heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc.) that modify the general properties of bodies; natural philosophy.

Physiogeny(n.) The germ history of the functions, or the history of the development of vital activities, in the individual, being one of the branches of ontogeny. See Morphogeny.

Physiognomical(a.) Of or pertaining to physiognomy; according with the principles of physiognomy.

Physiognomist(n.) One skilled in physiognomy.

Physiognomist(n.) One who tells fortunes by physiognomy.

Physiognomize(v. t.) To observe and study the physiognomy of.

Physiognomy(n.) The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.

Physiographic(a.) Alt. of Physiographical

Physiographical(a.) Of or pertaining to physiography.

Physiography(n.) The science which treats of the earth's exterior physical features, climate, life, etc., and of the physical movements or changes on the earth's surface, as the currents of the atmosphere and ocean, the secular variations in heat, moisture, magnetism, etc.; physical geography.

Physiologer(n.) A physiologist.

Physiological(a.) Of or pertaining to physiology; relating to the science of the functions of living organism; as, physiological botany or chemistry.

Physiologically(adv.) In a physiological manner.

Physiologist(n.) One who is versed in the science of physiology; a student of the properties and functions of animal and vegetable organs and tissues.

Physiologize(v. i.) To speculate in physiology; to make physiological investigations.

Physiology(n.) The science which treats of the phenomena of living organisms; the study of the processes incidental to, and characteristic of, life.

Physiology(n.) A treatise on physiology.

Physiophyly(n.) The tribal history of the functions, or the history of the paleontological development of vital activities, -- being a branch of phylogeny. See Morphophyly.

Physique(n.) The natural constitution, or physical structure, of a person.

Physograde(n.) Any siphonophore which has an air sac for a float, as the Physalia.

Physophorae(n. pl.) An order of Siphonophora, furnished with an air sac, or float, and a series of nectocalyces. See Illust. under Nectocalyx.

Physostigmine(n.) An alkaloid found in the Calabar bean (the seed of Physostigma venenosum), and extracted as a white, tasteless, substance, amorphous or crystal.

Phytelephas(n.) A genus of South American palm trees, the seeds of which furnish the substance called vegetable ivory.

Phytivorous(a.) Feeding on plants or herbage; phytophagous; as, phytivorous animals.

Phyto-() A combining form from Gr. fyto`n a plant; as, phytochemistry, phytography.

Phytochemical(a.) Relating to phytochemistry.

Phytogeographical(a.) Of or pertaining to phytogeography.

Phytogeography(n.) The geographical distribution of plants.

Phytoglyphic(a.) Relating to phytoglyphy.

Phytoglyphy(n.) See Nature printing, under Nature.

Phytographical(a.) Of or pertaining to phytography.

Phytography(n.) The science of describing plants in a systematic manner; also, a description of plants.

Phytolithologist(n.) One versed in phytolithology; a paleobotanist.

Phytolithology(n.) The branch of science which treats of fossil plants; -- usually called paleobotany, sometimes paleophytology.

Phytological(a.) Of or pertaining to phytology; botanical.

Phytologist(n.) One skilled in phytology; a writer on plants; a botanist.

Phytomeron(n.) An organic element of a flowering plant; a phyton.

Phyton(n.) One of the parts which by their repetition make up a flowering plant, each being a single joint of a stem with its leaf or leaves; a phytomer.

Phytophaga(n. pl.) A division of Hymenoptera; the sawflies.

Phytophagic(a.) Phytophagous.

Phytophagous(a.) Feeding on plants; herbivorous; as, a phytophagous animal.

Phytophagy(n.) The eating of plants.

Phytophysiology(n.) Vegetable physiology.

Phytotomist(n.) One versed in phytotomy.

Phytozoon(n.) A plantlike animal. The term is sometimes applied to zoophytes.

Psychical(a.) Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and diseases; mental; -- contrasted with physical.

Psychography(n.) A description of the phenomena of mind.

Psychography(n.) Spirit writing.

Psychometry(n.) The art of measuring the duration of mental processes, or of determining the time relations of mental phenomena.

Psychophysical(a.) Of or pertaining to psychophysics; involving the action or mutual relations of the psychical and physical in man.

Psychophysics(n.) The science of the connection between nerve action and consciousness; the science which treats of the relations of the psychical and physical in their conjoint operation in man; the doctrine of the relation of function or dependence between body and soul.

Psychrometer(n.) An instrument for measuring the tension of the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere, being essentially a wet and dry bulb hygrometer.

Ray(n.) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.

Rhynchocephala(n. pl.) An order of reptiles having biconcave vertebrae, immovable quadrate bones, and many other peculiar osteological characters. Hatteria is the only living genus, but numerous fossil genera are known, some of which are among the earliest of reptiles. See Hatteria. Called also Rhynchocephalia.

Rhyncholite(n.) A fossil cephalopod beak.

Rhynchophora(n. pl.) A group of Coleoptera having a snoutlike head; the snout beetles, curculios, or weevils.

Rhynchophore(n.) One of the Rhynchophora.

Rhyparography(n.) In ancient art, the painting of genre or still-life pictures.

Royalty(n.) Domain; province; sphere.

Saying(n.) That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb.

Scyphae(pl. ) of Scypha

Scypha(n.) See Scyphus, 2 (b).

Scyphiform(a.) Cup-shaped.

Scyphistomata(pl. ) of Scyphistoma

Scyphistomae(pl. ) of Scyphistoma

Scyphistoma(n.) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian.

Scyphobranchii(n. pl.) An order of fishes including the blennioid and gobioid fishes, and other related families.

Scyphomeduse(n. pl.) Same as Acraspeda, or Discophora.

Scyphophori(n. pl.) An order of fresh-water fishes inhabiting tropical Africa. They have rudimentary electrical organs on each side of the tail.

Scyphi(pl. ) of Scyphus

Scyphus(n.) A kind of large drinking cup, -- used by Greeks and Romans, esp. by poor folk.

Scyphus(n.) The cup of a narcissus, or a similar appendage to the corolla in other flowers.

Scyphus(n.) A cup-shaped stem or podetium in lichens. Also called scypha. See Illust. of Cladonia pyxidata, under Lichen.

Stycerin(n.) A triacid alcohol, related to glycerin, and obtained from certain styryl derivatives as a yellow, gummy, amorphous substance; -- called also phenyl glycerin.

Style(v. t.) Mode or phrase by which anything is formally designated; the title; the official designation of any important body; mode of address; as, the style of Majesty.

Stylograph(n.) A stylographic pen.

Stylographic(a.) Of or pertaining to stylography; used in stylography; as, stylographic tablets.

Stylographic(a.) Pertaining to, or used in, stylographic pen; as, stylographic ink.

Stylographical(a.) Same as Stylographic, 1.

Stylography(n.) A mode of writing or tracing

Stylommata(n. pl.) Same as Stylommatophora.

Stylommatophora(n. pl.) A division of Pulmonata in which the eyes are situated at the tips of the tentacles. It includes the common land snails and slugs. See Illust. under Snail.

Stylommatophorous(a.) Of or pertaining to Stylommatophora.

Stylus(n.) That needle-shaped part at the tip of the playing arm of phonograph which sits in the groove of a phonograph record while it is turning, to detect the undulations in the phonograph groove and convert them into vibrations which are transmitted to a system (since 1920 electronic) which converts the signal into sound; also called needle. The stylus is frequently composed of metal or diamond.

Stylus(n.) The needle-like device used to cut the grooves which record the sound on the original disc during recording of a phonograph record.

Stylus(n.) A pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet.

Styphnate(n.) A salt of styphnic acid.

Styphnic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a yellow crystal.

Styrolene(n.) An unsaturated hydrocarbon, C8H8, obtained by the distillation of storax, by the decomposition of cinnamic acid, and by the condensation of acetylene, as a fragrant, aromatic, mobile liquid; -- called also phenyl ethylene, vinyl benzene, styrol, styrene, and cinnamene.

Thymol(n.) A phenol derivative of cymene, C10H13.OH, isomeric with carvacrol, found in oil of thyme, and extracted as a white crystal.

Thyself(pron.) An emphasized form of the personal pronoun of the second person; -- used as a subject commonly with thou; as, thou thyself shalt go; that is, thou shalt go, and no other. It is sometimes used, especially in the predicate, without thou, and in the nominative as well as in the objective case.

Way(n.) Sphere or scope of observation.

Waybung(n.) An Australian insessorial bird (Corcorax melanorhamphus) noted for the curious actions of the male during the breeding season. It is black with a white patch on each wing.

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