Winston's Cumulative Encyclopedia; A Comprehensive Reference Book Volume 3

Winston's Cumulative Encyclopedia; A Comprehensive Reference Book Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...and the Moluccas. There is also a species in tropical America. The crocodile is formidable from its great size and strength, but on shore its shortness of limb, great length of body, and difficulty of turning enable men and animals readily to escape pursuit. In the water it is active and formidable. It is exclusively carnivorous, and always prefers its food in a state of putrefaction. In Egypt it is no longer found except in the upper or more southern parts, where the heat is greatest and the population least numerous. Crocodiles are still common enough in the river Senegal, the Congo, Niger, etc. They grow sometimes to a length of 30 feet, and apparently live to a vast age. flrnpnisitp (kro'koi-zlt), a mineral, a uruouisne native form Of, ead Cbro_ mate, or red-lead ore. In it chromium was first discovered. GrOCUS Cr6'kus), a genus of plants 0 of the order Iridacea; or Iris, forming one of the most common ornaments of our gardens. Most of the species are natives of the south of Europe and the Levant; and three grow wild in Britain. They may be divided, according to their period of flowering, into vernal and autumnal. Among the vernal crocuses may be mentioned the white and purple C. verntu; C. versicolor, distinguished by the yellow tube of its flower bearded with hairs, and its sweet scent; C. biflortis, the Scotch crocus, with beautiful penciled sepals, and clear or bluish-white petals. Among the autumnal species are C. nudiflorus and C. xiitii-uH, whose long, reddish-orange, drooping stigmas when dried form saffron. See Saffron. CrceSUS (kr6'sus) the last king of Lydia, son of Alyattes, whom he succeeded in 560 B.C., and extended the empire from the northern and western coasts of Asia Minor to the Halys on the east and Mount Taurus on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236524020
  • 9781236524027