Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of fossil bivalve mollusks of the Cretaceous period, by some regarded as a member of the Rudistæ, or family Hippuritidæ, and by others as the type of a family Caprinidæ.

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Examples

  • On the pleateau, dominant and diagnostic grass species include Merxmuellera disticha, M. drakensbergensis, Festuca caprina, Eragrostis caesia, Poa binata, and Pentaschistis galpinii.

    Drakensberg alti-montane grasslands and woodlands

  • Independentemente da importância dos assuntos discutidos - e infelizmente os que mais tempo consumiram foram de lana caprina, às voltas com pormenores ultra-burocráticos, não haverá aqui um certo desiquilíbrio?

    Inducação

  • Passamos horas e horas em discussões de lana caprina, e quando terminamos estamos tão cansados que já não temos energia para discutir e resolver os problemas prementes.

    Artes

  • Longas horas com as habituais discussões de lana caprina.

    Reuniões

  • Faunus pelle caprina ex humeris pendente vestitus; pedem super suggestum ignotæ figuræ figit et infantem genu sustinet. no.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

  • As to the capacity of sitting in Parliament, after all the capacities for voting, for the army, for the navy, for the professions, for civil offices, it is a dispute _de lana caprina_, in my poor opinion, -- at least on the part of those who oppose it.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12)

  • But this whole dispute, whether Christ left the jurisdiction to the Pope only, or to other bishops also, if considered out of those places where the Pope has the civil sovereignty, is a contention de lana caprina: for none of them, where they are not sovereigns, has any jurisdiction at all.

    Leviathan, or, The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill

  • LAmiatipma ifi centina, max yitulma. poJihatKtaitr'maMia caprina, & - 0IÌÌH4.

    Pedanii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De medica materia libri sex

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