from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of California plants of the family Liliaceæ. B. Ida-Maia, the only species, is a slender, grassy, half-hardy plant with beautiful and lasting scarlet and green flowers often called floral fire-crackers.
  • noun A North American genus of herrings, family Clupeidæ, characterized by the elongated intestine and carinated scales.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a genus of fishes consisting of the menhaden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun menhaden


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