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amylum

Definition: (noun) A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice.
Synonyms:starch
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Reflexive Pronouns

Although not technically considered personal pronouns, reflexive pronouns are very similar in form and use. When are reflexive pronouns used? More... Discuss

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The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is located in the Palace of the Vatican, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It was built between 1473 and 1481 and is known for its artwork—especially the ceiling paintings by Michelangelo. Attracted to ambitious sculptural projects—which he did not always complete—Michelangelo agreed to the project reluctantly. His confidence grew in time, and he devoted his last 30 years to The Last Judgment fresco in the chapel. For whom is the Sistine Chapel named? More... Discuss

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Afghanistan Gains Independence from United Kingdom (1919)

After becoming the major power on the Indian subcontinent in the late 18th century, the British Empire sought to secure northern approaches to India against expanding Russian influence in the region. In doing so, Britain essentially transformed Afghanistan into a buffer state, subjecting it to several wars before finally relinquishing control of its foreign affairs. Subsequent tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan can be traced to what border drawn by the British during this period? More... Discuss

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John Dryden (1631)

Dryden was an English poet, dramatist, and critic who so dominated the literary scene in Restoration England that the era is called the "Age of Dryden." His Heroic Stanzas, commemorating the death of Oliver Cromwell, brought him fame in 1659, and his poetry celebrating the Restoration earned him the title of poet laureate in 1668. His later work includes poems Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe. What controversial grammar rule—still debated today—is credited to Dryden? More... Discuss

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She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).

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What kind of verb is in the following sentence?
“I played my grandmother a song.”




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a. Highly pleasing; affording great pleasure and satisfaction
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Jeshn

Jeshn is a celebration of Afghanistan's independence from British control that has been observed throughout the country but with special ceremonies in Kabul. The Treaty of Rawalpindi, signed on August 8, 1919, gave Afghanistan the right to conduct its own foreign affairs. It was the formal conclusion of the Third Anglo-Afghan War, which actually ended in May 1919, but August is a slack agricultural period and therefore a time when more people can celebrate a holiday. The holiday has been observed with parades, dancing, games, music, and speeches by government figures. More... Discuss

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