Silver age

Silver age
Silver Sil"ver, a. 1. Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup. [1913 Webster]

2. Resembling silver. Specifically: (a) Bright; resplendent; white. ``Silver hair.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) Precious; costly. (c) Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear. ``Silver voices.'' --Spenser. (d) Sweet; gentle; peaceful. ``Silver slumber.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{American silver fir} (Bot.), the balsam fir. See under {Balsam}.

{Silver age} (Roman Lit.), the latter part (a. d. 14-180) of the classical period of Latinity, -- the time of writers of inferior purity of language, as compared with those of the previous golden age, so-called.

{Silver-bell tree} (Bot.), an American shrub or small tree ({Halesia tetraptera}) with white bell-shaped flowers in clusters or racemes; the snowdrop tree.

{Silver bush} (Bot.), a shrubby leguminous plant ({Anthyllis Barba-Jovis}) of Southern Europe, having silvery foliage.

{Silver chub} (Zo["o]l.), the fallfish.

{Silver eel}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The cutlass fish. (b) A pale variety of the common eel.

{Silver fir} (Bot.), a coniferous tree ({Abies pectinata}) found in mountainous districts in the middle and south of Europe, where it often grows to the height of 100 or 150 feet. It yields Burgundy pitch and Strasburg turpentine.

{Silver foil}, foil made of silver.

{Silver fox} (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the common fox ({Vulpes vulpes}, variety {argenteus}) found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. Its fur is nearly black, with silvery tips, and is highly valued. Called also {black fox}, and {silver-gray fox}.

{Silver gar}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Billfish} (a) .

{Silver grain} (Bot.), the lines or narrow plates of cellular tissue which pass from the pith to the bark of an exogenous stem; the medullary rays. In the wood of the oak they are much larger than in that of the beech, maple, pine, cherry, etc.

{Silver grebe} (Zo["o]l.), the red-throated diver. See Illust. under {Diver}.

{Silver hake} (Zo["o]l.), the American whiting.

{Silver leaf}, leaves or sheets made of silver beaten very thin.

{Silver lunge} (Zo["o]l.), the namaycush.

{Silver moonfish}.(Zo["o]l.) See {Moonfish} (b) .

{Silver moth} (Zo["o]l.), a lepisma.

{Silver owl} (Zo["o]l.), the barn owl.

{Silver perch} (Zo["o]l.), the mademoiselle, 2.

{Silver pheasant} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of beautiful crested and long-tailed Asiatic pheasants, of the genus {Euplocamus}. They have the tail and more or less of the upper parts silvery white. The most common species ({E. nychtemerus}) is native of China.

{Silver plate}, domestic utensils made of silver.

{Silver steel}, an alloy of steel with a very small proportion of silver.

{Silver stick}, a title given to the title field officer of the Life Guards when on duty at the palace. [Eng.] --Thackeray.

{Silver tree} (Bot.), a South African tree ({Leucadendron argenteum}) with long, silvery, silky leaves.

{Silver trout}, (Zo["o]l.) See {Trout}.

{Silver wedding}. See under {Wedding}.

{Silver whiting} (Zo["o]l.), a marine sci[ae]noid food fish ({Menticirrus littoralis}) native of the Southern United States; -- called also {surf whiting}.

{Silver witch} (Zo["o]l.), A lepisma. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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