Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of noctuid moths, giving name to the Xylinidæ, and having the male antennæ simple, the proboscis short, the body robust, and the fore wings rounded at the apex. The larvæ usually live on trees, and the pupæ are subterranean. The genus is represented in all parts of the world, and the species number about 50, of which 8 are European and about 20 North American. X. cinerea, of the United States, is called the ash-gray pinion, and its larva bores into green apples and peaches, and feeds upon the foliage of various trees. Three of the British species are fancifully named respectively the conformist, X.furcifera (X. conformis), the nonconformist, X. lambda, and the gray shoulder-knot, X. ornithopus.
“In a moment a woman appeared-such as Xylina had never seen before.”
“Xylina," Ware said urgently, recalling her to her surroundings and the tiny rock-walled room in which the four of them sat, "you must challenge the Queen.”
“Xylina," Lycia said, and there was a note of anger in her voice, "I didn't want to bring you more bad news, and I'm certain that there must have been a horrible mistake, but this-person-insists on seeing you.”
“At a recent summer tournament in Washington, D.C., Xavier McDaniel—still a formidable presence at 6-foot-7, though a few cheeseburgers beyond his 205-pound playing weight—patrolled the sidelines as an assistant coach for Xylina's AAU team, the South Carolina Lady 76ers.”
“Xylina, who has scholarship offers from a host of elite college programs, including North Carolina and Connecticut, said her dad gets instant respect from the other players on her team because of what he accomplished during his 12 years in the NBA, where he was known as a fierce competitor.”
“As for the inevitable comparisons to her father, Xylina said they don't bother her.”
“Like Xylina McDaniel, Lexie said she has no doubt she would have felt more of a burden to live up to expectations had she been a boy.”
“I told her, 'Basketball can get you whatever you want in this world,'" said Xavier McDaniel, a former NBA forward whose 16-year-old daughter, Xylina, has already led Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., to a pair of state championships.”
“Everybody expects my brother to be just like my dad," Xylina said, "because he's a boy.”
“A forward who was South Carolina's player of the year as a sophomore last season, Xylina was the most ferocious player in the gymnasium.”
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