from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The bones of the cranium; more especially, the bones of the domelike upper portion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The calvarium (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the dome of the skull
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The knoll was the old Aramaic Golgotha-in Latin, Calvaria; anglicized, Calvary; translated, The Skull.
Only in Luke 23: 33, the Latin name Calvaria, which was used as a translation of the Greek word Kranion, by which the Hebrew word
In 1973, a scientist suggested that the Mauritian tree, the Calvaria or Tambalacoque, was dying out because it had entrusted its reproductive future with the dodo.
The Calvaria, a hardwood species, were able to survive for 300 years without the bird but nearly went the same way as the dodo.
Soon after her death, the Wojtyla's father took him on a journey to Calvaria, a series of shrines outside his hometown.
The other case—concerning a tree species, Calvaria, major, on Mauritius—is probably fallacious.
In the case of Calvaria major as presented by Temple, this tree species had mysteriously lost its ability to reproduce and was therefore approaching extinction.
The inclusion of the Calvaria case suggests that even an eminent theorist like Diamond is susceptible to being misled by faulty reports from the field.
THE STORY of the Calvaria tree and the dodo is equally neat, though far more dubious.
The current absence (or apparent absence) of young plants and the current failure (or apparent failure) of germination led him toward a risky deductive leap across an epistemological chasm: that there had been “no germination of Calvaria seeds for hundreds of years.”
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