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Azure Tit
2006-08-14 11:05:35

The Azure Tit (Parus cyanus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout Russia and central Asia. It is found in temperate and subarctic deciduous or mixed woodlands, scrub and marshes. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate. This 5 inch long bird is unmistakable. The head, tail corners, wing bars and underparts are white....

Swan Goose
2006-03-07 14:51:54

The Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) is a large goose found naturally in Mongolia and eastern Russia. Winters are mainly spent in south and east China where it is familiarly known as the Chinese Goose, where it has been domesticated for centuries. There are also introduced and feral populations of this species elsewhere. Males and females are mostly similar with the exception of size; males are...

Sturgeon
2005-06-02 08:40:46

Sturgeon (Acipenser) is a genus of 20 different fishes, of which some twenty different species are known, from European, Asiatic and North American rivers. They pass a great part of the year in the sea, but periodically swim into large rivers, some in spring to deposit their spawn, others later in the season for some purpose unknown; only a few of the species are exclusively confined to fresh...

Muscovite
2005-05-26 08:35:42

Muscovite, also known as potash mica, is a phyllosilicate mineral of aluminium and potassium. It has a highly perfect basal cleavage yielding remarkably thin laminae (sheets), which are often highly elastic. Muscovite has a hardness of 2 - 2.25 and a specific gravity of 2.76 - 3. It can be colorless or tinted through grays, browns, greens, yellows, or rarely violet or red, and can be...

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.