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spectacle

a round lens. Snakes lack movable eyelids and their corneas are protected by a transparent spectacle which is shed and renewed at each ecdysis. See also subspectacle.

spectacle retention
a common problem in snakes; caused by lack of abrasive materials for the snake to rub against during the molting period.
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THE Advanced British Passenger Train, or APT to its friends - one of the Great British Non-Starters of all time, the tilting train never made it into passenger service after a spectacularly horrible set of trials.
Substitute Jimmy Quinn almost snatched the full three points for the Greens in the closing minutes when he chested down a Norris cross but his volley was cleared spectacularly off the line by Margate skipper Graham Porter.
Seems Railtrack have careered spectacularly off the rails again.
Sporting reported a small profit on the match, having won spectacularly on one of their two high-volatility markets, multi-bookings (made up at 600), and lost spectacularly on the other, multi-shirts (made up at zero).
When the filmed version of "Streetcar" was released in 1951, Brando's onscreen career was spectacularly launched.
Summary: England dug in for a lunchtime 49 for two after Umar Gul had spectacularly avoided the follow-on for Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
The beach down the street from her home happened to be spectacularly beautiful--and cold, since June is a winter month down under.
Both economic activity and employment are growing, but not spectacularly.
In Up in the Sky #1, 1997, for example, black-clad nuns ominously emerge from an indeterminate desert waste toward a mother and child; there's no clear narrative but a spectacularly artificial, carefully choreographed, hyperdetermined surplus of cues and hot issues.
Actress Ericksen spectacularly emotes this fast-moving mystery.
Erick van Egeraat was commissioned to remodel and extend the stolid late nineteenth-century building and has done so with his customary brio, orchestrating provocative tensions between old and new that recall previous projects such as his intervention at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork (AR August 2000), where a new volume clad in a rippling brick skin was inserted into an existing historic structure, and the ING Bank in Budapest (AR July 1995), where a bulbous interloper spectacularly ruptured the roof of a conventional courtyard block.
Of course he hadn't, but it's all he could say after his attempt to jump on a flaming bandwagon of anger had so spectacularly misfired.