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Characterizing term or name.
[G. epithetos, added, fr. epi- + tithēmi, to place]


a. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
b. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase.
3. Biology A word in the scientific name of an organism following the name of the genus and denoting a species, subspecies, variety, or cultivar, as sativa in Lactuca sativa.

ep′i·thet′ic, ep′i·thet′i·cal adj.
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In addition to these names which clearly take a feminine form within the name itself, there are also examples of occupational bynames which are presented in a feminine form by virtue of the article la, which is a French feminine form of "the" sometimes used in early English (le is the male form).
Then came Lady Zhonghou, Wang Guanxiang (byname Zhongai), third daughter of the ancient King Ling of Zhou and younger sister (by a different mother) of Wang Zigiao.
Dictee avoids this multiplying of oppressive structures through its attention to the divergent syntax and semantics of second language practices, by writing for the "byword, byname, ghostword, phantomnation" (140).
Vergelyk hier verwysings na plekke, die landskap, natuur, kenmerkende byname, gesegdes, en verafrikaansing ran Engelse woorde.
COMING soon, cash dispensers which can greet customers byname,using new software which personalises transactions.Ours will no doubt laugh like a drain.
The Hebrew word beliya`al, apparently with the literal meaning "worthlessness," was used in Old Testament epithets for the wicked and impious, such as "sons of Belial." In later traditions it was taken as a proper name, a byname for Satan.
Balanga, Bataan - Since its establishment 16 years ago, the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles has been consistently producing world-class seafarers, earning for the school the byname "Seamen's capital" in Asia.
For instance, we read in the Hanshu: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] Yuan Yan, whose byname was Jiping.
VERY few clubs have training grounds that are instantly recognisable byname.
Die kinderhuisinwoners kompenseer egter hiervoor deur die wye verskeidenheid byname, soms baie gevat (maar meermale ook wreed eerlik), wat aan kinders gegee word, soos Pizzaface (vir 'n akneegesig), Killer, Puck, Bart (na aanleiding van Bart Simpson--p.
Camille made her way in life as a courtesan, and her byname referred to the camellias she carried as a signal of her availability.
We might go on to gloss this, remembering Laozi 25, (5) as: silence is the ming [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], the personal name, while sound is the zi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], the byname. I would say that Jeffers's comment is the last word in fugitive metaphors for the flash of life--or it is rather the first word, the only word, indeed the primary evocation.