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curs in mass; longitudinal fracture shining, 1. In triple salts the acid is commonly divide cross fracture glistening with a pearly lustre. between the bases in two equal proportior. Its fragmenes are indeterminaie, or in the This is the case in the triple tartrats and Gform of very oblique rhombs. li is translu- alats; in the ammoniaco-magnesian sulphat; cent, moderately hard, and easily frangible. in the triple sulphat of zinc and ammona, Specific gravity 3.21. Before the blow-pipe &c. ii becomes yellow, and splits into this plates, 2. That in a triple compound the elements and then melts into a transparent greyish glass. united two and two form possible binary cosIt has bilherto been found only in the mines pounds. For example, the nitrat of ammonia, of Uton, near Dalero in Sweden, in veins with which is composed of oxygen, nitrogen, and quartz and black mica,

hydrugen, when decomposed by fire, yields TRI'PHI HONG. a. (triphthongue, Fr. water, and gasseous oxyd of nitrogen : whik, agus and ¢998yn.) A coalition of three vowels to on the other hand, this salt is the result of two form one sound: as, eau; cye.

binary compounris, nitric acid and ammosia. TRI'PLE. a. triple, Fr. tripler, triplus, 3. That the vegetable and animal substances, Lat.). 1. Threesold; consisting of three cons which are composed of three or four difieren: joined (Waller). 2. Treble; three times re. matters, also give rise to binary compoudás, peated (Burnely.

that are possible, or generally known. To Tri'ple. v. a. (from the adjective.) 1. 4. That we may form av idea of the different To treble; to make thrice as much, or as nature of several substances containing the many (Hooker). 2. To make threefold (Dry- same elements and in the saine proportions ; il den).

we adm:t, that the binary products of the ekTriple, or Triple TIME, in music, a ments combine in differeut ways with each time consisting of three measures in a bar; other, or merely with one of the element. the two first of which are beaten with the 5. That we may imagine so many more hand or foot down, and the third marked by compounds containing the same elements in its elevation. There were formerly in use no the same quantiries, as we can conceive the less than six different triple measures: first, binary combinations, formed by the elements that of three breves in a bar, deno ed by the of these compounds, to be more numerous. figure 3 ; secondly, that of three semibreves in 6. That salts, or other compounds, bring a bar, the sign of which was ; thirdly, that an excess of oxygen, and a base that is still come

neutral, though formed of an acid containing of three minims in a bar, marked by ; fourth- bustible : we inay admit, that the base sale ly, that of three crotchets in a bar, implied hy hence results a point of saturation, well adapi

rates the excess of oxygen of the acid; and that 3 i fifthly, that of three quavers in a bai, sigo ed to determine the capacity of combustibles

for oxygen. For instance, the neatral citrat nified by; and, sixthly, that of three semi. of ammonia, being decomposed by heat, picks quavers in a bar, expressed by, But at pre- as products water, which is neutral, and gasse

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ous oxyd of nitrogen, which must be neutral sent we only employ three different triples; also. that of three minims, that of three crotchets,

7. That nitrous gass and oxygen gass, in conand that of three quavers. See Music. bining to produce nitrous acid gass, experience

TRIPLE PROGRESSION, an expression in an apparent condensation of bulk, which in old music, iioplying a series of perfect tifths. precisely half he intal bulk of the two gasses, A progression of sounds ous explained by whence it follows, that the density of nitrous theorists: let any sound be represented by acid gass is 2.10633, that of aunospheric air unity, or the number 1; and as the third part being 1. of a string has been found to produce the TRIPLET. s. (from triple.) 1. Three of a twellih, or octave of the fifth above the whole kind (Swift). 2. Three verses rhiming togestrinz, a series of fifths nay be represented by ther (Dryden). a triple geometric progression of numbers, con

TRI'PLICATE. a. (from triplex, Latin. tinually multiplied by 3; as 1, 3, 9, 37, 81, Made thrice as much (Harris). 243,729; and these terms may be equally sup- TRIPLICATE RATIO, the ratio which cubes posed to represent twelfths, or fifihs, either bear to one another. ascending or descending: for whether we This ratio is to be distinguished from triple divide by 3, or multiply hy. 3, the terms will ratio, and may be thus conceived. In the geoeither way be in the proportion of a twelfth, or metrical proportions 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, as the octave to the fifth.

ratio of the first term (2) is to the third (8) TRIPLE SALTS, in chemistry, salts compos- duplicate of the first to the second, or of the ed of an acid combined with two distinct bases second to the third, so the ratio of the first to at the same time; thus tartaric acid combines the fourth is said to be triplicate of the ratio of at once with porash and soda, These sub- the first to the second, or of that of the second stances constitute a very larze and important to the third, or of that of the third to the family; and appear to be subject to the follow. fourth, as being compounded of three equal ing laws, as lately pointed out by M. Gay- ratios. See RATIO. Lussac to the Society of Arcueil,

TRIPLICATION. s. (from triplicate.)

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The act of trebling, or adding three together TRIPOLI, a country of Barbary, bounded (Glanville).

on the N. by the Mediterranean, E. by Burca, TRIPLICITY. s. (triplicité, French; from S. by Fezzan, and W. by Biledulgerid and tripler, Latin.) Trebleness; state of being Tunis. It is not very feruile, and the E. part threefold (Watts).

is quite a desert. It is 925 miles along the TRIPLINERVE. In which they meet coast, but the breadth is various. Ji bad the above (supra) or short of the base.

title of a kingdom, but is now a republic, go“I musiconfess," says professor Martyn," that verned by a dey, under the protection of the I do not see how these terins are expressive of Turks. such distinctions; which are given in Term. TRIPOLI, a city and seaport of Barbary, Bol.-I should have conceived that by the last capital of a country of the same name, with a of them we were to understand a leat having castle and a fort. The inhabitants are noted three-fold nerves, or running three and three pirates. It was taken by emperor Charles V. together: and thus Dr. Berkenhout has ex- who settled the knights of Rhodes here; but plained it."

they were expelled by the Turks in 1551. It TRIPLY-TERNATE. Triternate. was formerly very fourishing, and has now

TRIPOD, in antiquity, a fained sacred seat some trade in ashes, ostriches feathers, and or staol, supported by three feet, whereon the skins; but they gain more hy the christians priests and sybils were placed to render oracles. taken at sea ; for they either set high ransoms It was on the tripod that the gods were said to on them, or sell them for slaves. Tripoli is inspire the Pythias with that divine fury and seated on the Mediterranean, surrounded by a enthusiasm wherewith they were seized at the wall, 275 miles S.E. of Tunis, and 570 E.S.E. delivery of their predictions.

of Algiers. Lon. 13. 5 E. Lat. 32. 54 N. Before the oracle of Apollo came to be fixed Tripoli, a town of Syria, on the Mediterat Delphus, the place was nothing more than a rancan, defended by a citadel. There is one comaion, and the goats which were grazing handsome mosque,' and all the house, have about there coming to a den, large before, fountains belonging to them. Before it is a with a little mouth at top, and looking in, sand-bank, so rapidly increasing that the has. fell to skipping and making an odd noise, bour will probably soon be choked up. It is The goat-herd, named Coretas, as Plutarch in- the residence of a bashaw, who also governs forms us, ran to the place to see what was the the territory about it, where there is a great matter with his flock, and fell into the same number of mulberry-trees, and other fruits, frolic, and likewise inio a fit of prophesying: which enable them io carry on a silk inantificand so it fared with many others, who went ture in the town. It is 90 miles N.lll. of afterwards to visit the place. Many were Damascus, and 120 S. of Scanderoon. Lon.36. trangled, says "Tully, with terree anhelitu, 20 E. Lai. 34. 50 N. funies of the earth. Vid. Diodor. lib. 16. Tripoli, in mineralogy, a species of argil, Upon this hole was the tripod placed, anıl a for which see ARGILLA. maid set upon it was consecrated for a priestess, TRI'PPER. s. (fiou trip.) One who trips. who received her inspiration from below. TRIPPING. a. (from irip.) Quick; nimThese belly prophets, who delivered themselves hle (Milton). in a tone like a speaking trumpet, are referred Tri’PPING. s. (from trip.) Light dance to by Isaiah, ch. viii. ver. 19. and ch. xxix. (Milton). ver. 4.

TRI'PPINGLY. ad. (from tripping.) With TRIPODIAN. (From the Greek.) A agility; with swift motion (Shakspeare). stringert instrument said to have been invented TRIPSACUM, in botany, a genus of the by Pythagoras the Zacynthian, which, on ac-. class monoecia, order triandria.

Male: cacount of ihe difficulty of its performance, con- lyx a four-powered glumie; corol a membranatinued in ise but for a shori time. It resein- ceous glume. Fem.: calyx a glune with pero bled in form the Delphic tripod, whence it forated sinuses; corol a two-valved glume; had its name. The legs were equidistant, and styles two; seed one. Two species; West fixed upon a moveable base that was turned by Indian grasses. the foot of the player; the strings were placed TRIPTILION, in botany, a genus of the between the legs of the stool ; ihe vase at the class syngenesia, order polygamia æqualis. top, seried for the purpose of a sound-board, Receptacle villous ; down awned, the awns and the strings of the three sides of the instru- feathery at top; calyx imbricate. One species ment were tuned to three different modes, the only; a South American plant, with panicled Doric, Lydian, and Phrygian. The performer stem and white Bowers. sat on a chair made ou purpose. Striking the TRIPTOLEMUS, according to the more strings with the fingers of the left hand, and received opinion, was son of Celeus, king of using the plectram with the right, at the same Attica, by Neæra. He was born at Eleusis in time turning the instrument with his foot to Artica, and was cured in his youth of a severe whichever of the three modes he pleased; so illness by Ceres, who had been invited into that by great practice he was enabled to change the house of Celeue, as she travelled in quest the modes with such readiness and velocity, of her daughter. To repay the kindnesses of that those who did not see him would imagine Celeus, the goddess took particular notice of they heard three different perforiners playing in her son. She fed him with her own milk, and three difierent modes.

wished to make him immortal, but was pre

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vented through the meddling curiosity of his sad; because it dispels sadness.) The common mother. She, however, in compensation, germander, sometimes so called. See CHAMÆtaught him agriculture, and rendered him serviceable to inankind, by instructing him how

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The water ger. to sow corn, and make bread. She also gave mander, occasionally so called. See Scorhim her chariot, drawn by two dragons, in DIUM. which he travelled all over the earth, and dis- TRISU'LC. s. (trisulcus, Latin.) A thing tributed corn to all the inhabitants of the world, of three points (Brown). At his return to Elensis, Triptolemus restored TRISYLLABICAL. a. (from trisyllable.) Ceres her chariot, and established festivals and Consisting of three syllables. mysteries in honour of the deity. He reigned

TRISY'LLABLE. s. (trisyllaba, Latin.) for some time, and after death received divine A word consisting of three syllables. honours.

TRITE. a. (tritus, Lat.) Worn out; stale; TRI'PTOTE, s. (triptoton, Latin.) A noun common; not new (Rogers). used but in three cases (Clarke).

Trire, a Greek term, signifying three or TRIPU'DIARY. a. (tripudium, Lat.) Per- third. Three chords of the ancient system formed by dancing (Brown).

were called by this naine, from their actual TRIPÚDIATION. s. (tripudium, Latin.) situation in the tetrachords of which they seAct of dancing.

spectively formed a part. See TRITE-DIETRIQUETRA OSSICULA, in anatomy. ZEUGMENON, TRITE-HYPERBOLÆOx, and (triquetrus, from tres, three). Ossicular Wor- TRITE-SYNEMMENON. miana. The triangular-shaped bones, which TRITE-DIEZEUGMENON. (From the Greek) are found mostly in the course of the lambdoidal The third string of the diezeugmenon, or touri suture.

tetrachord of the ancients, reckoning from the TRI'REME. s. (triremis, Latin.) A galley top. The sound of this string corresponded with three benches of oars on one side. with our C above the bass-cliff. TRISECTION, the dividing a thing into

TRITE-HYPERBOLÆON. (Greek.) The three equal parts. The term is chiefly used in third string of the ancient hyperbolæon, or fifth geometry, for the division of an angle into tetrachord ; and which answered to our G on ihree equal parts. The trisection of an angle the second line in the ireble. geometrically is one of those great problems Trite-SYNEMMENON. (From the Greek.) wliose solution has been so much sought for by The third string, reckoning from the top of the mathematicians for 2000 years past; being, in third, or synemmenon, tetrachord; and which this respect, on a footing with the famous qua- corresponded with our B Hat above the fifth drature of the circle, and the duplicature of the line in the bass. cube.

TRITENESS. s. (from trite.) Staleness ; The ancients trisected an angle by ineans of commonness. the conic sections, and the book of inclina. TRITHEISM. s. (ifes and 90s.) The tions; and Pappus enumerates several ways of opinion which holds three distinct gods. doing it, in the fourth book of his Mathemati- TRITICOM. Wheat. In botany, a genus cal Collections, prop. 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, &c. of the class triandria, order digynia. Calyx He farther observes, that the problem of tri- two-valved, solitary, alternate, on a flexuous secting an angle is a solid problem, or a pro- common receptacle, and containing three or blem of the 31 degree, being expressed by the more obtuse but pointed foreis. Nineteen resolution of a cubic equation, in which way it species: chiefly natives of Europe; one or two has been resolved by Vieta, and others of ine of Egypt and Barbary: some are annual, about moderus.

an equal number perennial. TRISMUS. (pagpuas, from sw, to gnash). 1. T. æstivum. Summer or spring wheat. Locked jaw. See TETANUS.

2. T. hybernum. Winter lammas, or comTRISPAST, in mechanics, a inachine with

mon wheat, three pulleys, or an assemblage of three pulleys 3. T. compositum. Cone wheat. for raising of great weights.

4. turgidum. Cone wheat. TRIST, a sinall uninhabited island of New 5. T. Polonicum. Polish wheat. Spain, on the coast of Tabasco, in the bay of 6. T. spelta. Spelt wheat. Campeachy, separated by a narrow channel on 7. T. monococion. One-grained wheat. the E. from the isle of Port Royal. Lon. of 8. T. Hispanicum. Spanish wheat. the E. point 92. 45 W. Lat. 18.0 N. 9. T. prostratum. Trailing wheat-grass.

TRISTAN D'ACUNHA, an island in the 10. T. pumilum. Dwarf wheat-grass. S. Atlantic ocean, 15 miles in circumference. All these are annuals. What follow conThe land is extremely high, and rises gradually stitute the perennial tribe, toward the centre of the island (where there is 11. T. junceum. Rush-wheat-grass. a lofty conical mountain) in ridges covered with 12. T. 'caninum. Dog-wheat-grass. trees of a nioderate size and height. The coast 13. T. distichum. Double-wheat-grass. is frequented by sca-lions, seals, penguins. and 14. T. repens. Couch-grass. albatrosses. Lon. 11. 43 W. Lit. 37. 8 S. 15. T. maritimum. Sea-wheat-grass.

TRISPERMOUS, in botany. Three- 16. T. tenellum. Tender wheat-grass. seeded.

17. T. unioloides. Linear spiked wbtat, TRISSAGO. (quasi trislago, from fristis, grass.

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18. T. loliaceum. Loliaceous wheat-grass. wards in the Species Plantarum, and thence. 19. T. unilaterale. Unilateral wheat-grass. forward in all his other works. Antece.

The relative value of such of these as are dently to this, what we now call the diagnosis, most esteemed in cultivation, together with the or specific character, seems to hare been conbest means of cultivating them, are given un- sidered as the specific name, which see. der the article HUSBANDRY, to which this TRI'VIALLY. ad. (from trivial.) 1. Comgenus so essentially refers.

monly; vulgarly (Bacon). 2. Lightly; incon.. TRITOMA, in zoology, a genus of the class siderably. insecta, order coleoptera. Antennas clavate, TRIVIALNESS. s. (from trivial.) 1. the club perfoliate; lip emarginate ; anterior Commonness ; vulgarity. 2. Lightness ; unfeclers hatchet-shaped ; siells as long as the importance. body. Ten species, chiefly European ; a few TRIUMFETTA, in botany, a genus of the American; one or two Indian. The only class dodecandria, order monogynia. Calyx species indigenous to England is triloma bi- five-leaved ; petals five; capsule bristly, burstpustulata; black; the shells with a lateral ing into four. Eleven species; natives of the scarlet spot at their base. It is found on tree. East or West Indies ; chiefly shrubs, a few fungos.

annuals. Two are cultivated in our own garTRITON, a sea deity, son of Neptune, by dens. Amphitrite, or, according to some, by Celeno, 1. T. lapula. Prickly-seeded triumfetia. or Salacia. He was very powerful ainong ihe A shrub rising six or seven seer high, bearing sea deities, and could calm the sea and abate small flowers, yellow, with narrow petals. A storms at pleasure. He is generally represented native of Jamaica. as blowing a sheli; bis body above the waist is

9. T. annua. Annual triumfetta. Rising like that of a man, and below, a dolphin. two feet and a half high, with small yellow Many of the sea deities are called iritous. flowers in loose spikes at the top of the plant.

Triton, in zoology, a genus of the class A native of India. vermes, order mollusca. Body oblong; mouth Both require the warmth of the stove. with an involute, spiral proboscis; tentacles TRI'UMPH. s. (triumphus, Latin.) 1. or arms twelve, six on each side, divided nearly Pomp with which a victory is publicly celeto the base, the bind-ones cheliferous. One brated (Bacon). 2. State of being victorious species only, triton littoreus, inhabiting Italy, (Dryden). 3. Victory; conquest (Pope). in cavities of submarine rocks, and may be 4. Joy for success (Milion). 5. A conquering seen in various species of lepas, especially card, now called trump. the anatifera, or duck-baruacle.

o TRIUMPH. . . (xin xpo, Latin.) 1. TRITONE, a dissonant interval, otherwise To celebrate a victory with pomp; to rejoice called a superfitious fourth: a kind of redun. for victory (Drudlen). 2. To obtain victory dant third, consisting of ihree tones, two ma- (Knolles). 3. To insult upon an advantage jor and one minor, or more properly, of two guined (Skakspeare). iones and two semitones, one greater and one TRIUMPHAL. a. (triumphalis, Latin.) less, as from C to F sharp. The ratio of the Used in celebrating victory (Swift). tritone in numbers is as 45 : 32.

TRIU'MPHAL. š. (triumphalia, Latin.) A TRITONIS, a lake and river of Africa, near token of victory: not in use (Milton). which Minerva had a temple, whence she is TRIU'MPHANT. a. (triumphuns, Latin.) sirnamed Tritonis or Tritonia.

1. Celebrating a vic:ory (South). 2. RejoicTRITURABLE. a. (triturable, French; ing, as for victory (Milton). 3. Victorious ; from frilurale.) Possible to be pounded or graced with conquests (Pope). comminuted (Brown).

TRIUMPHANTLY. ad. (from triumphTRITCRATION. s. (Irituration, French.) ant.) 1. In a triumphant manner, in token Reduction of any substances to powder upon á of victory; joyfully, as for victory (Granville). stone with a muller; levigation (Brown). 2. Victoriously; with success (Shakspeare).

TRIVENTO, a lowri of Naples, in Mo- 3. With insolent exultation (South). lise, with a bishop's see, seated on a hill, near TRIUMPHER. s. (from triumph.) Onc the river Trigno, or Trino, 15 miles N. of Bowho triumphis (Peacham). gino, and 62 E. of Naples. Lon. 15. 37 E. TRIUMVIRI, reipublicce constituendæ, Lat. 40. 50 N.

were three magistrales appointed equally 10 TRI'VET. s. (See Trever.) Any thing govern the Roman siate with absolute power. supported by three feet (Chapman).

These officers gave a fatal blow to the expiring TRIVIAL. a. (triralis, Latin.) 1. Vile; independence of the Roman people, and beworthless; vulgar ; such as may be picked up came celebrated for their different pursuits, in the highway (Roscommon). 2. Light; their ambition, and their various fortunes. trifling; unimportant; inconsiderable (Dryd. The first triumvirate, B. C. 60, was in the Rogers).

hands of Julius Cæsar, Pompey, and Crassus, T'RIVIAL NAMES. Trivialia nomina. In who, at the expiration of their ofiice, kindled bolany, the common or vulyar naines for the a civil war. The second and last iriumvirate, species of plants, which added to the name B. C. 43, was under Augustus, Marc Antony, of the genus, form a complete denomination and Lepidus, and through them the Romans of the species. These were invented by Lin. totally lost their liberty. Augustus disagreed neus, and first used in the Pan Succus; ofiere with his colleagues, and after he had defcaled them, he made himself absolute in Rome. bees, while on the wing, Auttering about the The triumvirate was in full force at Rome for place, and making a humming noise : the kes the space of about twelve years. There were and bill are very weak; the tail feathers ax also other inferior officers, called triumviri, ten. among the Romans, who discharged different Of all animated beings the, hamming-bin functions in the aduninistration of the state. is perhaps the most elegant in form, and bril. They were severally distinguished by the titles liant in its colours. Activity, rapidity, and of capitales, nociumi, agrarii, inonetales, richness of drapery, sometimes sparingly be triumviri, valetudinis, senatus legendi, and stowed by nature on the other tenants of the mensarii. They took cognizance of murders air, she has heaped upon the humming-birl and robberies, and every thing in which slaves without measure. The emerald, ruby, and were concerned.

topaz sparkle on its apparel, which is nexts TRIUNE. a. (tres and unus, Latin.) At soiled by the dust, for in its aerial life it once three and one (Burnet).

scarcely ever descends so low as to touch the TRIXIS, in botany, a genus of the class grass. It lies from Aower to fower, extractsyngenesia, order polygamia necessaria. Re- ing their quintessence alone; and never quits ceptacle chaffy, downless; seeds villous at the a climate where perpetual spring renews withtop: florets of the ray three-cleft; calyx imbri- out ceasing the delicious luxuries on which it cate

. Three species, herbs of the West Indies. banquets. It is seldom that the hunning T. TROA'T. v. a. (with hunters.) To cry, bird retires from the intratropical regions; apas a buck does at rutting-time.

pearing successively to advance and recede with TROCAR. (corrupted from trois quart, ihe sun on either side of the line, in porsuit of French, from its prismatic form.). The name an uninterrupted summer. of an instrument used in tapping for the The Indians, struck with the lustre and fire dropsy.

of its brilliant plumage, call it the sun-beam; TROCH, in medicine, a tablet or lozenge. and the Spaniards tomíno, from its minute See TROCHISCUS.

weight. The tongue resembles a section of a TROCHAIC VERSE, in the Latin poetry, silken thread, and the bill has the appearance a kind of verse, so called, because the trochees of a fine needle. The little eyes appear like chiefly prevail, as the ianibus does in the iam- sparks of a diamond, and the feathers of the bic 'li generally consists of seven feet and a wings are so delicate, as to look transparent. syllable; the odd feet, for the most part, con

The feet of this creature are so small, that síst of trochees, though a trybraches is some- they are scarcely perceptible. He uses them, times admitted, except in the seventh foot: indeed, but little; for' he is continually em. these two feet are likewise used in the other ployed in a humming and rapid Auter, in places, as is al-o the spondæus, dactylus, and which the agitation of his wings are so quick, anapæstus. The following is an example: that they are altogether invisible. Like an in

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nevertheless surprising. They pursue, with TROCHANTERS. (Tfoxavinp, from apexw, a furious andacity, birds twenty times their to run; because the muscles inserted into them size ; fasten themselves upon their body, and perform the office of running.? Two pro- allow themselves to be carried away by their cesses of the thigh-bone, which are distin- flight; while they are, in the mean while, guished into the greater and lesser. See Fg. pecking them with redoubled strokes of their MUR.

bill, will their little wrath is appeased. They TROCHEE. See TrockAIC.

are solitary till the pairing season, when they TROCHI’LICS. s. (Froxanov.) The science engage busily, by pairs, in constructing with of rotatory motion (Brown).

moss, lined with the down of the great mullein, TROCHILUS. Haming-bird. Honey- a small, round, elegant nest, corresponding sucker. In zoology, a genus of the class aves, with the delicacy of their body. It is the le order picæ. Bill subulate, filiforın, tubular male that completes this little cradle for her at the top, longer than the head; upper man- progeny, while the male charges himself with dible sheathing the lower , tongue filiform, ihe task of bringing the materials, which are the : wo threads coalescing, tubular; feet formed ingeniously knit into the consistency of a thick for walking. Sixty-five species: all American and soft piece of cloth. The whole fabric is or West Indian birds, except one, irochilus attached to two leaves, or a single swig, of the Capensis, which inhabits the Cape of God citron or orange-tree. It is soon plenished Hope. About half the species have a curved, with two small white eggs, of the size of a and the other half a straight bill.

pea, which the male and female hatch by In forining this minute animal, nature ap- turns, for twelve days. After this period, the pears to have been besitating whether she young make their appearance; but it is imwould fabricate a bird or an insect. They are possible to say with what nourishment their the least of the feathered tribe; they feed, like mother supplies them, unless it be wiih the insecis, on the nectar of Powers, particularly moisture which they suck from her tongue, those with long tubes, which they extract, like while yet humid with the juice of flowers.

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