Histriophoca fasciata
Ribbon Rib"bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges, and other decorative purposes. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon; sails torn to ribbons. [1913 Webster]

3. (Shipbuilding) Same as {Rib-band}. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Driving reins. [Cant] --London Athen[ae]um. [1913 Webster]

5. (Her.) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide. [1913 Webster]

6. (Spinning) A silver. [1913 Webster]

Note: The blue ribbon, and The red ribbon, are phrases often used to designate the British orders of the Garter and of the Bath, respectively, the badges of which are suspended by ribbons of these colors. See {Blue ribbon}, under {Blue}. [1913 Webster]

{Ribbon fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any elongated, compressed, ribbon-shaped marine fish of the family {Trachypterid[ae]}, especially the species of the genus {Trachypterus}, and the oarfish ({Regelecus Banksii}) of the North Atlantic, which is sometimes over twenty feet long. (b) The hairtail, or bladefish. (c) A small compressed marine fish of the genus {Cepola}, having a long, slender, tapering tail. The European species ({Cepola rubescens}) is light red throughout. Called also {band fish}.

{Ribbon grass} (Bot.), a variety of reed canary grass having the leaves stripped with green and white; -- called also {Lady's garters}. See {Reed grass}, under {Reed}.

{Ribbon seal} (Zo["o]l.), a North Pacific seal ({Histriophoca fasciata}). The adult male is dark brown, conspicuously banded and striped with yellowish white.

{Ribbon snake} (Zo["o]l.), a common North American snake ({Eutainia saurita}). It is conspicuously striped with bright yellow and dark brown.

{Ribbon Society}, a society in Ireland, founded in the early part of the 19th century in antagonism to the Orangemen. It afterwards became an organization of tennant farmers banded together to prevent eviction by landlords. It took its name from the green ribbon worn by members as a badge.

{Ribborn worm}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A tapeworm. (b) A nemertean. [1913 Webster]


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