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Common Comet Star Linckia guildingi
2013-08-08 09:48:38

The common comet star (Linckia guildingi), also known as the green Linckia or Guilding's sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Ophidiasteridae family. It can be found in many tropical areas including the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. Recent studies of this species have shown that it may be a living representation of many cryptic...

Tapwave Zodiac
2013-08-05 13:40:04

The Tapwave Zodiac, released in October 2003 by Tapwave, is a mobile entertainment console. The unit was designed to play music, display images and videos, plus allow the user to play games. Less than 200,000 Zodiacs were sold making it the third worst selling handheld system. Only the Gizmondo and R-Zone sold less. It was discontinued on July 26 2005. Features of the Zodiac included an MP3...

Bennetts feather star Oxycomanthus bennetti
2013-08-04 08:28:29

Bennett's feather star is a suspension feeder that grows to be about 1 foot with 31-120 arms extending upward from the body. The star catches the food, usually phytoplankton and zooplankton, with tubed feet located on the outside of the arms. Yellow, Brown, Green and Purple are the most common colors for the Bennett's feather star. The star will remain attached to the seabed by a stalk until it...

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the...

Elmendorf Beast
2013-07-31 07:32:21

The Elmendorf Beast has been blamed for several attacks on livestock in the town of Elmendorf, Texas. A variety of opinions on what the creature was have been disclosed, with one such claim offering that it was a Mexican Hairless Dog mutated by illness. Some local residents associate it with the legend of the Chupacabra, and others claimed it was an escaped lab experiment or an unknown...

Mucuchies
2013-06-22 15:36:30

The Mucuchies, also known as the Venezuelan Sheepdog, is a breed of domestic dog that originated from Venezuela. The breed is thought to have been developed after Spanish mountain dogs were brought into the area in the sixteenth century, serving as guard dogs and herd dogs. These dogs were bred with other dogs that may have included the Pyrenean mastiff, the Spanish mastiff, or various...

Landseer
2013-06-19 14:24:18

The Landseer is a breed of domestic dog that is considered a color variant of the Newfoundland by most kennel clubs. However, many organizations consider it a distinct breed known officially as the Landseer European Continental Type (E.C.T.). The breed received its common name in honor of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, a painter who created a picture called A Distinguished Member of the Humane...

Kanni
2013-06-19 14:20:51

The Kanni, which means unmarried girl or maiden, is a breed of domestic dog that is native to India, specifically the Tamil Nadu region. The breed was developed from the Mudhol hound or the Caravan hound and has been used a pet. A bride’s family gave it as a dowry to a groom, and the dog was never sold, only given as a gift to those who were willing to care for it. Despite this common...

Jmthund
2013-06-19 14:17:09

The Jämthund, also known as the Swedish elkhound, is a breed of domestic dog of the Spitz type. The breed originated in Northern Europe and is associated with Jämtland, where it is said to have been used for sled pulling and moose hunting since the last ice age. It was known locally as the bear dog, because it was and is one of the few breeds that do not run away when encountering a bear....

Tibetan Mastiff
2013-06-19 12:40:48

The Tibetan Mastiff is a breed of domestic guard dog that originated in Asia, where it was used to guard livestock, palaces, tents, villages, and monasteries. The breed was known by many names in different regions, including Bhote Kukur, which translates to “someone from Tibet” and “dog” in Nepali. The term mastiff was once used to denote a number of large breeds, but the Tibetan...

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donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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