By Charles Winick
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It's preserved in approximately eighty brief inscriptions and glosses recorded via classical authors. Carib. A language family members of South the USA. See ARAWAK. cartoon. An artwork shape concerning the planned distortion of a person’s beneficial properties for the aim of mockery. it's stated to were brought through the brothers Carracci in Italy on the finish of the sixteenth century. caries. enamel decay. The measure of degradation of tooth of fossil males is frequently an incredible clue to the type of meals they ate, their common healthiness, and similar elements, and therefore is helping date them and their tradition. Caries is a affliction characterised by way of inorganic breakdown by way of natural disintegration of the the teeth. In sleek civilized cultures, the excessive prevalence of caries is taken into account to be in direct share to the excessive measure of sophisticated carbohydrates within the nutrition, even if a little analysis means that the caries are associated with the swap from challenging to smooth meals, in order that this may be an instance of the consequences of disuse on organs with mechanical capabilities. Australian aborigines and Maoris who had very good tooth generations in the past now in general have an identical excessive decay fee because the English, underlining the significance of swap in nutrition in inflicting caries. caritive. concerning a syntactical type used to designate verb varieties in yes languages that experience an analogous denotation because the English preposition with out. Carmel, Mount. The fossils present in the Mount Carmel caves date from the 3rd interglacial interval, most likely sooner than the early top Paleolithic period. The tradition was once most likely Levallois-Mousterian. The skeleton is heavy, the neck brief, the forearm bones directly and lengthy. the pinnacle is extra like that of an early Homo sapiens than Mousterian. it really is attainable that Homo sapiens and Neanderthal guy crossbred to provide hybrids just like the Mount Carmel humans. carnelian. A crimson chalcedony (q. v. ), generic for seals. it really is alleged to therapy disorder, embolden in conflict, and safeguard opposed to harm. Mohammed had a carnelian ring. carnival. A group get together which has been saw from the center a while to the current, in Europe and the recent international. Parades, floats, and noise making are usually came upon. Carnivals used to start initially of spring and should be a relic of early ceremonies for celebrating the disappearance of iciness and its damage to the vegetation. carnivore. A meat eater. carol. A music in English, often tied in with Christmas celebrations, The carol can have initially been an accompaniment to a dance. cartilage. A translucent elastic tissue that composes a great deal of the skeleton and embryo of vertebrates. it really is switched over to bone within the larger vertebrates. Cartilage in mammals strains the surfaces of joints and offers a resilient floor among relocating bones. Cartilage can also be known as gristle. cartomancy. Divination (q. v. ) by utilizing playing cards or cards. Gypsies commonly use this method. cartonnage case. See CASE, CARTONNAGE. cartouche. A scroll layout; an decoration formed like a scroll; a pill with its edges rolled up.