from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of vesuvianite or idocrase, of a blue tint, which is supposed to be due to the presence of copper.
  • In ichthyology, cyprinoid; carp-like; pertaining to fishes of the genus Cyprinus or family Cyprinidæ.
  • Of or belonging to the cypress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Cyprinoid.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the cypress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective botany Of or pertaining to the cypress.


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  • 1921-1964 OsW Marine beasties supply ten animalines: cyprine carp 1828 O octopine octopus 1914 delphine dolphin 1828 OsW OW ostracine oyster 1890 delphinine dolphin O OW homarine lobster 1880 phocaenine porpoise OW 1890 OW manatine manatee OW phocine seal 1846 OW megapterine hump - back whale W Finally, beasts of the mind occupy the last three places in my extended corpus: basilicine basilisk 1855 sphinxine sphinx 1845

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