Definitions

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

  • n. The often thick or hard outer coat of a seed.

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  • n. seed coat
  • n. The external calciferous shell, or endoskeleton, of an echinoderm; the test.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, a test.
  • n. In botany, the outer integument or coat of a seed: it is usually hard and brittle, whence the name, which answers to seed-shell. See seed, 1. Also test, spermoderm, and episperm.
  • n. [capitalized] A name of the star Vega.

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

  • n. protective outer layer of seeds of flowering plants

Etymologies

Latin, shell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • For instance, the Latin word testa once meant a pot, and became slang for "head," something like the word "noggin" in English.

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  • Her testa is very big and she has a horrible xipála … (ugly face in portuguese) chris brown its very ugly too …

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  • Early Latin had the word testa ` a jug 'which became a Roman slang word for ` the head' and eventually the standard word for the organ in several Romance tongues.

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  • *Eric G. Vinny Testaverde: In Italian testa means head; verde means green.

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  • MyLabel: labelstack ( "testa"); push A labelstack ( "testb"); push B gosub, \% labelstack (); pop B gosub, \% labelstack (); pop A exitapp testa: msgbox A return testb: msgbox B return

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  • What I will eschew is mispoona and rapa senza testa and bianca riccia da taglio and whatever else they can think up for me in the catalogues this winter.

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  • Ma il papa Alessandro si fece portare non in sedia, ma inginocchiato con la testa scoperta tenendo in mano il SS.

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  • La settimana scorsa ho saputo di essere stata accettata a una delle conferenze a cui avevo mandato un abstract, il che e' molto bello, e verso la fine della settimana all'improvviso le cose sul lavoro hanno cominciato ad avere piu senso - al momento sto vedendo come trasformare frasi in features, quali strumenti usare, come programmare il tutto...cose belle, concrete - certo richiedera' un po di sbattimento-di-testa-nel-muro, ma alla fine dara' molta soddsifazione.

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  • The simplest nouns — house and casa; bread and pane; head and capo or testa; vision or vista – have different feelings and associations.

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  • Quando dicono che non bisogna suonare con la testa, non è per dire che bisogna farlo col cuore.

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  • "n. |capitalized| A name of the star Vega."

    --Cent. Dict.

    October 17, 2012