1. type genus of the Vespidae: various hornets and yellow jackets

    Synonyms : genus vespa
    Type Of : arthropod genus


  1. the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

    Synonyms : advantage
    Type Of : plus, asset
    Examples :
    • the experience gave him the advantage over me
  2. place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)

    Type Of : position, place


  1. type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells

    Synonyms : genus venus
    Type Of : mollusk genus
  2. goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite

    Synonyms : urania
  3. the second nearest planet to the sun; it is peculiar in that its rotation is slow and retrograde (in the opposite sense of the Earth and all other planets except Uranus); it is visible from Earth as an early `morning star' or an `evening star'


  1. a ceremonial or emblematic staff

    Synonyms : scepter, sceptre, wand
    Type Of : staff
  2. a region marking a boundary

    Synonyms : brink, threshold
    Type Of : bound, boundary, edge
  3. the limit beyond which something happens or changes

    Synonyms : brink
    Type Of : bound, boundary, limit
    Examples :
    • on the verge of tears
  4. a grass border along a road

    Type Of : border
  5. border on; come close to

    Type Of : bound, border
    Examples :
    • His behavior verges on the criminal


  1. an irritating or obnoxious person

    Synonyms : varmint
    Type Of : bad person
  2. any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats

    Type Of : pest
    Examples :
    • cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin
    • he examined the child's head for vermin
    • boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin

vocal cord

  1. either of two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the larynx

    Synonyms : plica vocalis, vocal band, vocal fold
    Type Of : fold, plica


  1. having a wide variety of skills

    Type Of : skillfulness


  1. a card sent or given (as to a sweetheart) on Saint Valentine's Day

    Type Of : greeting card
  2. a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day

    Type Of : steady, sweetheart, sweetie, truelove
    Examples :
    • will you be my valentine?


  1. producing living young (not eggs)

    Synonyms : live-bearing
    Antonyms : oviparous, ovoviviparous


  1. the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)

    Type Of : operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process