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ament

A term of historic interest for a person who is profoundly retarded.

ament

A person mentally deficient from birth. The term literally means ‘without a mind’.
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In the laboratory, we separated the staminate aments of Carpinus species from the contents of the seed traps and weighed them after oven-drying (at 80 [degrees] C for 3 d).
In 1995, when all the species produced large amounts of flowers, we observed the growth and survival of female flowers from pistillate aments to fruiting branches.
At the same time, we sampled other branches and collected 20 pistillate aments (fruiting branches) for each species, counting the number of ovaries in florets and bracts per pistillate ament.
The number of staminate aments, mature seed production (sum of sound seeds, seeds suffering predation by insects, and broken seeds), and total seed production (sum of sound seeds, seeds suffering predation by insects, broken, empty, and immature seeds) all showed year-to-year variation, with strong synchronization among the four species (Table 1).
On defense, Flanagan at third base, Delaney in the outfield and pitcher Ament made all the plays in the field for Dragon 88.