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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of decompose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Separated or broken up; -- said of the crest of birds when the feathers are divergent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a state of decomposition.
- In ornithology, separated: specifically said of a feather the web of which is decompounded by disconnection of the barbs, or of a bundle of feathers, as those of the crest, which stand or fall apart from one another: used like decompound in botany.
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So the terms decomposed, human body odor, I don ` t think any scientist can qualify to say -- just smell the odor, say that ` s a human body.
For an elementary body is one that has never been decomposed, that is to say, separated into other substances; and fire, air, earth, and water, are all of them susceptible of decomposition.
If you present to a body composed of two principles, a third, which has a greater affinity for one of them than the two first have for each other, it will be decomposed, that is, its two principles will be separated by means of the third body.
Cook County Forest Preserve police are calling decomposed human remains found in a Niles forest preserve.
He said the body was "decomposed," and detectives are treating the case as a death investigation.
They couldn't find any earthworms in the ground, and there was little humus (organic soil matter such as decomposed leaves and other plant material).
It has been found not to work well on materials such as decomposed granite which remain coarse upon weathering.
In many cases the margins bounding these were composed of a kind of decomposed lime, very light and loose, which yielded to the slightest pressure; in this our horses and drays sank deep, throwing out as they went, clouds of fine white dust on every side around them.
But this kind of decomposed bait is forbidden by the fishery laws.
Johnson said the human bones would have decomposed, meaning that the physical evidence might not remain.