from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [lowercase] A celebrated Egyptian fish, Mormyrus oxyrhynchus; the mizdeh, formerly reverenced throughout Egypt, and sacred to the goddess Hathor. It is represented both in sculptures and on coins, and was anciently embalmed. See Mormyrus.
  • n. In ornithology, a genus of American tyrant-flycatchers, having a long straight conic-acute bill, and green plumage with orange crown. O. frater is a Central American species.
  • n. A genus of reptiles.
  • n. In entomology: A genus of coleopterous insects of the family Curculionidæ, containing a few East Indian species.
  • n. A genus of dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyidæ, characterized by the cylindric produced and attenuate neck.


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  • The Oxford documents form part of the great papyrus hoard salvaged from an ancient rubbish dump in the Graeco-Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus more than a century ago.

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  • POxy: the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, which is documenting the wealth of papyri found in the rubbish dump of an ancient Egyptian town, currently in the news after many papyri were made readable by multispectral infrared imaging.

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