American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A native or resident of Moscow or Muscovy.
- adj. Of or relating to Moscow, Muscovy, or the Muscovites.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native or an inhabitant of Muscovy or the principality of Moscow, or, by extension, of Russia.
- n. [lowercase] In mineralogy, common or potash mica (see mica), a silicate of aluminium and potassium, with the latter element in part replaced by hydrogen; the light-colored mica, varying from nearly white to pale smoky brown, which is characteristic of granite, gneiss, and other related crystalline rocks: formerly calledMuscovy glass. In granitic veins it sometimes occurs in plates of great size, and is often mined, as for example in western North Carolina; in thin plates it is used in stoves, windows, etc. When ground up it is used as a lubricator, for giving a silvery sheen to wall-paper, etc. Phengite is a variety of muscovite containing more silica than the common kinds. The name hydromica or hydromuscovite is sometimes given to the varieties which yield considerable water on ignition. These usually have a pearly or silky luster and a talc-like feel, and are less elastic than the less hydrous kinds: damourite, margarodite, and sericite are here included. Fuchsite is a green-colored variety of muscovite containing chromium. In 1887 the production of mica (muscovite) in the United States was about 70,000 pounds, valued at nearly $150,000; 2,000 tons of mica-waste, valued at $15,000, were ground for use.
(Min. Resources of the U. S., 1887.)
- n. [lowercase] The desman or Muscovitic rat.
- Of or pertaining to Muscovy, or Moscow, a former principality in central Russia, and the nucleus of the Russian empire; by extension, of or pertaining to Russia.
- n. An inhabitant or native of Muscovy or Moscow.
- n. archaic A Russian.
- adj. Of or relating to Muscovy or Moscow, or the people of these places.
- adj. Russian.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian.
- n. An inhabitant of Moscow.
- n. (Min.) Common potash mica, essentially KAl3Si3O10(OH)2. It is used as an electrical insulator. See Mica.
- n. a colorless or pale brown mica with potassium
- adj. of or relating to the residents of Moscow
- n. a resident of Moscow
- 1535. From Latin Moscovita ("resident of Moscow or Muscovy, Russian"), also Muscovita, Moschovita < Moscovia or Muscovia ("Muscovy") + -ita. (Wiktionary)
“China to the 'White Czar,' as they call the Muscovite emperor.”
“On Easter eve, or Easter night, when every Muscovite is supposed to be engaged in libations of thanksgiving for release from his rigorous fast, they landed in a creek of the small island, and immediately made their onslaught on the”
“The Partisans were bitter rivals of the so-called Muscovite faction that backed Gomulka, those who had fought the Germans by fleeing to Russia and joining up with the Soviets.”
“But the Muscovite was a grim, mysterious figure they feared and hated.”
“The free-lances bore their execrations and reprisals more or less resignedly, though that did not prevent them occasionally exchanging compliments with oar butts or sealing clubs, but the Muscovite was a grim, mysterious figure they feared and hated.”
“The Muscovite was a darling of the Soviet film industry, directing much-loved classics such as "Three Poplars at Plyushchikha Street" and "The Carnival," which centered around life in the Russian capital.”
“The right-wing London Poles (Sosnkowski) and their underground Home Army, the moderate London Poles around Mikolajczyk, the "Muscovite" Communists, and the underground Communists.”
“BTW it seems the Muscovite Polis have been instructed to deal with things somewhat differently.”
“International arrivals: every Muscovite with a bit of an international profile has been to that area.”
“He has a reputation, too, of being a “modernizer”, which in the Muscovite context means only not an obscurantist or neo-Slavophile.”
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