Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The tenth letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tenth letter of the Greek alphabet.
  • n. A tortoise-like creature in the Japanese mythology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Greek letter K: represented in English by k, and sometimes by c.
  • n. The Greek letter κ: represented in English by k, and sometimes by c.

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

  • n. the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet

Etymologies

Greek, of Phoenician origin; see kpp1 in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κάππα (kappa). (Wiktionary)
From Japanese 河童 (kappa, "water imp"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It tells the story of Asuka, a humble fishery employee who falls in love with a mythical aquatic creature called a kappa—who is actually the reincarnation of a long-dead boyfriend.

    Star-Crossed Sushi

  • They made bed coverings called kappa moe by sewing together several layers of kapa with large running stitches and decorating the top with traditional patterns made from natural dyes.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • The genders differ when it comes to treatment, too, at least in the case of a class of painkillers called kappa opioids, which appear to be more effective in women than in men.

    Taking A New Look At Pain

  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, the lads get referred to as kappa when they travel back in time to feudal Japan.

    Posthuman Blues

  • Salvia belongs to a class of drugs that activate something called the kappa opioid receptor.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Salvinorin A activates something called the kappa opioid receptors, which can modulate mania.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Salvinorin A activates something called the kappa opioid receptors.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The fourth molecule in the caseinogen enzyme, called kappa casein is not precipitated by calcium.

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  • The female and male brains are thought to be wired differently when it comes to sensing pain, one reason some pain drugs, called kappa opiates, actually work better in women.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • In the research report, scientists show that foods high in fat and sugar stimulate a known opioid receptor, called the kappa opioid receptor, which plays a role in fat metabolism.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

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