from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the common blackcap warbler of Europe, Sylvia atricapilla.


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  • "What seems surprising is that after many official Spanish explorations and the French Academy's geodesic expedition of the 1730s, little was still known about the interior of the South American continent. Setting sail from La Coruña, Spain, in the summer of 1799. Humboldt and Bonpland would correct this situation. During the next five years they carried the latest scientific equipment through tropics, rain forests, river basins, and up and up and down Andean peaks, covering almost 10,000 miles. Their brief stop in the Canary Islands on the way there had already disclosed Humboldt's penchant for seeing nature in its manifold relationships from the 'heart soothing song' of the capirote to the 'affinities' that might unite volcanoes like the one at Tenerife with Vesuvius and those in the Cordilleras of Peru and Mexico."

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    December 28, 2016