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

  • Díaz del Castillo, Bernal 1492?-1581. Spanish soldier and historian whose eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico (1519-1521) remains a classic depiction of the 16th-century conquistadors.


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  • As she carved out her role, she became the siren of what she refers to as “the four-headed dragon,” and, throughout 2003–2004, she started to unveil, bit by bit, the marketable sex appeal that also brought the “wow” factor to the Peas.

    Fallin’ Up

  • That four-headed gaggle in position coach Jim Hermann's meeting room?

    Only Rookies Are Left to Roam the Middle

  • A painting on fabric, known as a thangka , depicts delicately rendered Naxi gods: Dongba Shila, the religion's founder; the four-headed Kozhe, who shoots down the demons of suicide; sly-eyed Natosa, god of wealth; the great god Soyiwade on his lotus throne, surrounded by rainbows and mystic jewels.

    Mystical Art From a 'Lost' World

  • They said it was just another one of my made-up stories, like when I told Goldie there was a four-headed snake living under her bed.

    Secret of the Super-small Superstar

  • Like any old-time Giants fan, I love defense, and the swarming four-headed sack monster the G-men are fielding with Osi, Kiwi, Strahan, and Tuck is splendid to watch.

    Highs and Lows

  • A small tool kit containing duct tape, a hammer, a four-headed screwdriver, scissors, and pliers.

    Married to the Military

  • The spiny anteater's four-headed phallus had been puzzling scientists.

    Boing Boing

  • "When we tried to collect semen by [electrically-stimulated ejaculation] before, not only did we not get a single drop, but the whole penis swelled up to a four-headed monster that wouldn't fit the female reproductive tract, which has only two branches," says Johnston.

    Boing Boing

  • Oh I don't know, I wasn't terribly impressed with Stove's Scientific Irrationalism, particularly the way smeared Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend together into some sort of four-headed monster.

    Resolving the Sibling Paradox, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Every day, hundreds pay respects with a wai (traditional Thai greeting, with palms together) as they pass Brahma (the god of creation), a four-headed statue at its entrance.



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