common Idioms & Phrases


book of common prayer

  • noun the Anglican service book of the Church of England; has had several revisions since the Reformation and is widely admired for the dignity and beauty of its language
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british house of commons

  • noun the lower house of the British parliament
    British House of Commons.
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common ageratum

  • noun small tender herb grown for its fluffy brushlike blue to lavender blooms
    Ageratum houstonianum.
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common alder

  • noun medium-sized tree with brown-black bark and woody fruiting catkins; leaves are hairy beneath
    Alnus glutinosa; European black alder; Alnus vulgaris.
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common allamanda

  • noun vigorous evergreen climbing plant of South America having glossy leathery foliage and golden yellow flowers
    golden trumpet; Allamanda cathartica.
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common american shad

  • noun shad of Atlantic coast of North America; naturalized to Pacific coast
    Alosa sapidissima.
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common amsinckia

  • noun annual of western United States with coiled spikes of yellow-orange coiled flowers
    Amsinckia intermedia.
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Common appendant

  • a right belonging to the owners or occupiers of arable land to put commonable beasts upon the waste land in the manor where they dwell.
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Common appurtenant

  • a similar right applying to lands in other manors, or extending to other beasts, besides those which are generally commonable, as hogs.
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common apricot

  • noun temperate zone tree bearing downy yellow to rosy fruits
    Prunus armeniaca.
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common arrowhead

  • noun a weed
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common ax

  • noun an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
    common ax; Dayton axe; Dayton ax.
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common axe

  • noun an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
    common ax; Dayton axe; Dayton ax.
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common bamboo

  • noun extremely vigorous bamboo having thin-walled culms striped green and yellow; so widely cultivated that native area is uncertain
    Bambusa vulgaris.
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Common bar

  • (Law) Same as Blank bar, under Blank.
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common barberry

  • noun upright deciduous European shrub widely naturalized in United States having clusters of juicy berries
    European barberry; Berberis vulgaris.
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common barley

  • noun grass yielding grain used for breakfast food and animal feed and in malt beverages
    Hordeum vulgare.
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Common barrator

  • (Law), one who makes a business of instigating litigation.
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common basil

  • noun annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves; one of the most important culinary herbs; used in salads, casseroles, sauces and some liqueurs
    Ocimum basilicum; sweet basil.
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common bean

  • noun the common annual twining or bushy bean plant grown for its edible seeds or pods
    Phaseolus vulgaris; common bean.
  • noun any of numerous beans eaten either fresh or dried
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common bean plant

  • noun the common annual twining or bushy bean plant grown for its edible seeds or pods
    Phaseolus vulgaris; common bean.
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common bearberry

  • noun evergreen mat-forming shrub of North America and northern Eurasia having small white flowers and red berries; leaves turn red in autumn
    sand berry; mountain box; creashak; wild cranberry; mealberry; bear's grape; sandberry; hog cranberry; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi; red bearberry.
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Common because of vicinageneighborhood

  • the right of the inhabitants of each of two townships, lying contiguous to each other, which have usually intercommoned with one another, to let their beasts stray into the other's fields.
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common beech

  • noun large European beech with minutely-toothed leaves; widely planted as an ornamental in North America
    European beech; Fagus sylvatica.
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common beet

  • noun biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop
    beet; Beta vulgaris.
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Common Bench

  • a name sometimes given to the English Court of Common Pleas.
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common bile duct

  • noun a duct formed by the hepatic and cystic ducts; opens into the duodenum
    bile duct.
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common birch

  • noun European birch with silvery white peeling bark and markedly drooping branches
    European white birch; silver birch; Betula pendula.
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common bird cherry

  • noun small European cherry tree closely resembling the American chokecherry
    Prunus padus; European bird cherry; hagberry tree.
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common blackfish

  • noun small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States; the largest male acts as pilot or leader for the school
    black whale; blackfish; Globicephala melaena; pilot whale.
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common bog rosemary

  • noun erect to procumbent evergreen shrub having pendent clusters of white or pink flowers; of sphagnum peat bogs and other wet acidic areas in northern Europe
    Andromeda polifolia; marsh andromeda.
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common booklouse

  • noun a variety of booklouse
    Trogium pulsatorium.
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common box

  • noun large slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple stems; extensively used for hedges or borders and topiary figures
    Buxus sempervirens; European box.
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common brant goose

  • noun the best known variety of brant goose
    Branta bernicla.
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Common brawler

  • (Law), one addicted to public brawling and quarreling. See Brawler.
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common broom

  • noun deciduous erect spreading broom native to western Europe; widely cultivated for its rich yellow flowers
    Scotch broom; green broom; Cytisus scoparius.
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common burdock

  • noun a plant that is ubiquitous in all but very acid soil; found in most of Europe and North Africa
    Arctium minus; lesser burdock.
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common buttercup

  • noun perennial Old World buttercup with golden to sulphur yellow flowers in late spring to early summer; naturalized in North America
    Ranunculus bulbosus.
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common calamint

  • noun mint-scented perennial of central and southern Europe
    Calamintha sylvatica; Satureja calamintha officinalis.
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common camas

  • noun plant having a large edible bulb and linear basal leaves and racemes of light to deep violet-blue star-shaped flowers on tall green scapes; western North America
    Camassia quamash.
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common canary

  • noun native to the Canary Islands and Azores; popular usually yellow cage bird noted for its song
    Serinus canaria.
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common caper

  • noun prostrate spiny shrub of the Mediterranean region cultivated for its greenish flower buds which are pickled
    Capparis spinosa.
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common cardinal vein

  • noun the major return channels to the heart; formed by anastomosis of the anterior and posterior cardinal veins
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common carline thistle

  • noun Eurasian thistle growing in sand dunes and dry chalky soils
    Carlina vulgaris.
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common carotid

  • noun runs upward in the neck and divides into the external and internal carotid arteries
    common carotid.
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common carotid artery

  • noun runs upward in the neck and divides into the external and internal carotid arteries
    common carotid.
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Common carrier

  • noun a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
    carrier.
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  • (Law), one who undertakes the office of carrying (goods or persons) for hire. Such a carrier is bound to carry in all cases when he has accommodation, and when his fixed price is tendered, and he is liable for all losses and injuries to the goods, except those which happen in consequence of the act of God, or of the enemies of the country, or of the owner of the property himself.
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common chickweed

  • noun a common low-growing annual garden weed with small white flowers; cosmopolitan; so-called because it is eaten by chickens
    Stellaria media.
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Common chord

  • noun a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones
    triad.
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  • (Mus.), a chord consisting of the fundamental tone, with its third and fifth.
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common cockscomb

  • noun garden annual with featherlike spikes of red or yellow flowers
    Celosia cristata; cockscomb; Celosia argentea cristata.
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common cold

  • noun a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    cold.
    • will they never find a cure for the common cold?
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common comfrey

  • noun European herb having small white, pink or purple flowers; naturalized as a weed in North America
    boneset; Symphytum officinale.
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common coral tree

  • noun small South American spiny tree with dark crimson and scarlet flowers solitary or clustered
    cry-baby tree; Erythrina crista-galli; ceibo; crybaby tree.
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common corn salad

  • noun widely cultivated as a salad crop and pot herb; often a weed
    Valerianella olitoria; Valerianella locusta; lamb's lettuce.
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common cotton grass

  • noun having densely tufted white cottony or downlike glumes
    Eriophorum angustifolium.
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Common council

  • the representative (legislative) body, or the lower branch of the representative body, of a city or other munisipal corporation.
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Common crier

  • the crier of a town or city.
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common daisy

  • noun low-growing Eurasian plant with yellow central disc flowers and pinkish-white outer ray flowers
    English daisy; Bellis perennis.
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common dandelion

  • noun Eurasian plant widely naturalized as a weed in North America; used as salad greens and to make wine
    Taraxacum officinale; Taraxacum ruderalia.
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common denominator

  • noun an integer that is a common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions
  • noun an attribute that is common to all members of a category
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common devil's claw

  • noun annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak
    ram's horn; Proboscidea louisianica; elephant-tusk; devil's claw; common devil's claw; proboscis flower.
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Common divisor

  • noun an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
    common divisor; common factor.
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  • (Math.), a number or quantity that divides two or more numbers or quantities without a remainder; a common measure.
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common dogbane

  • noun North American perennial having pinkish flowers in loose cymes; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints
    Apocynum androsaemifolium; spreading dogbane; rheumatism weed.
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common dolphin

  • noun black-and-white dolphin that leaps high out of the water;
    Delphinus delphis.
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common duckweed

  • noun of temperate regions except eastern Asia and Australia
    Lemna minor; lesser duckweed.
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common eel

  • noun eels that live in fresh water as adults but return to sea to spawn; found in Europe and America; marketed both fresh and smoked
    freshwater eel.
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common eland

  • noun dark fawn-colored eland of southern and eastern Africa
    Taurotragus oryx.
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common elder

  • noun a common shrub with black fruit or a small tree of Europe and Asia; fruit used for wines and jellies
    black elder; bourtree; elderberry; European elder; Sambucus nigra.
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common era

  • noun the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth
    Christian era.
  • adverb of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians
    C.E.; CE.
    • in 200 CE
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common european ash

  • noun tall ash of Europe to the Caucasus having leaves shiny dark-green above and pale downy beneath
    Fraxinus excelsior; European ash.
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common european dogwood

  • noun European deciduous shrub turning red in autumn having dull white flowers
    pedwood; blood-twig; red dogwood; Cornus sanguinea.
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common european earwig

  • noun sometimes destructive to cultivated bulbs
    Forficula auricularia.
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common european jay

  • noun fawn-colored jay with black-and-white crest and blue-and-black wings
    Garullus garullus.
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common evening primrose

  • noun a coarse biennial of eastern North America with yellow flowers that open in the evening; naturalized in Europe
    Oenothera biennis; German rampion.
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common facial vein

  • noun vein formed by union of facial vein and the retromandibular vein and emptying into the jugular vein
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common factor

  • noun an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
    common divisor; common factor.
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common fate

  • noun a Gestalt principle of organization holding that aspects of perceptual field that move or function in a similar manner will be perceived as a unit
    common fate.
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common fault

  • noun an inclined fault in which the hanging wall appears to have slipped downward relative to the footwall
    gravity fault; normal fault.
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common fennel

  • noun strongly aromatic with a smell of aniseed; leaves and seeds used for seasoning
    Foeniculum vulgare.
  • noun leaves used for seasoning
    fennel.
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common fig

  • noun Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit
    common fig; fig; Ficus carica.
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common fig tree

  • noun Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit
    common fig; fig; Ficus carica.
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common flat pea

  • noun low spreading evergreen shrub of southern Australia having triangular to somewhat heart-shaped foliage and orange-yellow flowers followed by flat winged pods
    Playlobium obtusangulum; native holly.
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common four-o'clock

  • noun common garden plant of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon
    marvel-of-Peru; Mirabilis uniflora; Mirabilis jalapa.
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common foxglove

  • noun tall leafy European biennial or perennial having spectacular clusters of large tubular pink-purple flowers; leaves yield drug digitalis and are poisonous to livestock
    fairy bell; Digitalis purpurea; fingerroot; fingerflower; finger-flower; finger-root.
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common fraction

  • noun the quotient of two integers
    simple fraction.
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common front

  • noun a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together
    • the unions presented a common front at the bargaining table
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common garden cress

  • noun annual herb used as salad green and garnish
    Lepidium sativum; garden pepper cress; pepperwort; pepper grass.
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common garter snake

  • noun a garter snake that is widespread in North America
    Thamnophis sirtalis.
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Common gender

  • (Gram.), the gender comprising words that may be of either the masculine or the feminine gender.
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common ginger

  • noun tropical Asian plant widely cultivated for its pungent root; source of gingerroot and powdered ginger
    Zingiber officinale; Canton ginger; stem ginger.
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common good

  • noun the good of a community
    commonweal.
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common grape hyacinth

  • noun prolific species having particularly beautiful dark blue flowers
    Muscari neglectum.
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common grape vine

  • noun common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
    vinifera; Vitis vinifera; vinifera grape.
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common ground

  • noun a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
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common gum cistus

  • noun shrub having white flowers and viscid stems and leaves yielding a fragrant oleoresin used in perfumes especially as a fixative
    Cistus ladanifer; Cistus ladanum.
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common heath

  • noun small erect shrub of Australia and Tasmania with fragrant ivory flowers
    blunt-leaf heath; Epacris obtusifolia.
  • noun spindly upright shrub of southern Australia and Tasmania having white to rose or purple-red flowers
    Epacris impressa.
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common hop

  • noun European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America
    bine; common hop; European hop; Humulus lupulus.
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common hops

  • noun European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America
    bine; common hop; European hop; Humulus lupulus.
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common horehound

  • noun European aromatic herb with hairy leaves and numerous white flowers in axillary cymes; leaves yield a bitter extract use medicinally and as flavoring
    Marrubium vulgare; white horehound.
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common horsetail

  • noun of Eurasia and Greenland and North America
    Equisetum arvense; field horsetail.
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common hyacinth

  • noun widely grown for its fragrance and its white, pink, blue, or purplish flowers
    Hyacinthus orientalis.
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common iguana

  • noun large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America
    Iguana iguana; iguana.
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common iliac artery

  • noun terminal branches of the abdominal aorta
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common iliac vein

  • noun formed by the internal and external iliac veins; unites with its fellow from the opposite side of the body to form the inferior vena cava
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Common in grossat large

  • a common annexed to a man's person, being granted to him and his heirs by deed; or it may be claimed by prescriptive right, as by a parson of a church or other corporation sole. Blackstone.
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common ivy

  • noun Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits
    Hedera helix; English ivy; ivy.
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common jasmine

  • noun a climbing deciduous shrub with fragrant white or yellow or red flowers used in perfume and to flavor tea
    jessamine; Jasminum officinale; true jasmine.
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common juniper

  • noun densely branching shrub or small tree having pungent blue berries used to flavor gin; widespread in northern hemisphere; only conifer on coasts of Iceland and Greenland
    Juniperus communis.
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common kingsnake

  • noun widespread in United States except northern regions; black or brown with yellow bands
    Lampropeltis getulus.
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common knowledge

  • noun anything generally known to everyone
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common laburnum

  • noun an ornamental shrub or tree of the genus Laburnum; often cultivated for Easter decorations
    Laburnum anagyroides; golden chain; golden rain.
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common lady's-slipper

  • noun pale pink wild orchid of northeastern America having an inflated pouchlike lip
    Cypripedium reginae; showy lady slipper; Cypripedium album; showy lady's-slipper.
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common land

  • noun a pasture subject to common use
    commons.
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Common law

  • noun (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
    case law; precedent.
  • noun a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
    case law; precedent.
    • common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States
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  • a system of jurisprudence developing under the guidance of the courts so as to apply a consistent and reasonable rule to each litigated case. It may be superseded by statute, but unless superseded it controls. Wharton. It is by others defined as the unwritten law (especially of England), the law that receives its binding force from immemorial usage and universal reception, as ascertained and expressed in the judgments of the courts. This term is often used in contradistinction from statute law. Many use it to designate a law common to the whole country. It is also used to designate the whole body of English (or other) law, as distinguished from its subdivisions, local, civil, admiralty, equity, etc. See Law.
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Common lawyer

  • one versed in common law.
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common lettuce

  • noun annual or perennial garden plant having succulent leaves used in salads; widely grown
    garden lettuce; Lactuca sativa.
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Common lewdness

  • (Law), the habitual performance of lewd acts in public.
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common lilac

  • noun large European lilac naturalized in North America having heart-shaped ovate leaves and large panicles of highly fragrant lilac or white flowers
    Syringa vulgaris.
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common limpet

  • noun marine limpet
    Patella vulgata.
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common logarithm

  • noun a logarithm to the base 10
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common louse

  • noun head or body louse
    Pediculus humanus.
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common lynx

  • noun of northern Eurasia
    Lynx lynx.
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common mackerel

  • noun important food fish of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean; its body is greenish-blue with dark bars and small if any scales
    Scomber scombrus; shiner.
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common madia

  • noun California annual having red-brown spots near the base of its yellow flower rays
    Madia elegans; common madia.
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common maidenhair

  • noun delicate maidenhair fern with slender shining black leaf stalks; cosmopolitan
    Venushair; Venus'-hair fern; Adiantum capillus-veneris; Venus maidenhair; southern maidenhair.
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common mallow

  • noun annual Old World plant with clusters of pink or white flowers; naturalized in United States
    Malva neglecta.
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common man

  • noun a person who holds no title
    common man; commoner.
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common marigold

  • noun the common European annual marigold
    pot marigold; Calendula officinalis; ruddles; Scotch marigold.
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common market

  • noun an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members
    Europe; European Community; EC; European Economic Community; EU; European Union; EEC.
    • he tried to take Britain into the Europen Union
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common matrimony vine

  • noun deciduous erect or spreading shrub with spiny branches and violet-purple flowers followed by orange-red berries; southeastern Europe to China
    Duke of Argyll's tea tree; Lycium barbarum; Lycium halimifolium.
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common measure

  • noun a time signature indicating four beats to the bar
    quadruple time; common measure; four-four time.
  • noun an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
    common divisor; common factor.
  • noun the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
    common measure.
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common meter

  • noun the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
    common measure.
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common milkwort

  • noun small European perennial with numerous branches having racemes of blue, pink or white flowers; formerly reputed to promote human lactation
    Polygala vulgaris; gand flower.
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common mood

  • noun a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
    declarative mood; declarative; indicative; indicative mood; fact mood.
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common moonseed

  • noun a woody vine of eastern North America having large oval leaves and small white flowers and purple to blue-black fruits
    Canada moonseed; yellow parilla; Menispermum canadense.
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common moonwort

  • noun of America and Eurasia and Australia
    Botrychium lunaria; moonwort.
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common morel

  • noun an edible and choice morel with a globular to elongate head with an irregular pattern of pits and ridges
    sponge morel; sponge mushroom; Morchella esculenta.
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common morning glory

  • noun annual or perennial climbing herb of Central America having sky-blue flowers; most commonly cultivated morning glory
    Ipomoea tricolor.
  • noun pantropical annual climbing herb with funnel-shaped blue, purple, pink or white flowers
    Ipomoea purpurea.
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common mosquito

  • noun common house mosquito
    Culex pipiens.
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common mugwort

  • noun European tufted aromatic perennial herb having hairy red or purple stems and dark green leaves downy white below and red-brown florets
    Artemisia vulgaris.
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common mullein

  • noun tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
    woolly mullein; Aaron's rod; great mullein; torch; flannel mullein; Verbascum thapsus.
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Common multiple

  • noun an integer that is a multiple of two or more other integers
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  • (Arith.) See under Multiple.
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common murre

  • noun the most frequent variety of murre
    Uria aalge.
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common myrtle

  • noun European shrub with white or rosy flowers followed by black berries
    Myrtus communis.
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common nardoo

  • noun Australian clover fern
    nardoo; Marsilea drummondii; nardo.
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common newt

  • noun small semiaquatic salamander
    Triturus vulgaris.
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common nightshade

  • noun Eurasian herb naturalized in America having white flowers and poisonous hairy foliage and bearing black berries that are sometimes poisonous but sometimes edible
    black nightshade; poisonberry; Solanum nigrum; poison-berry.
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Common noun

  • noun a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
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  • (Gram.), the name of any one of a class of objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of a particular person or thing).
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Common nuisance

  • noun a nuisance that unreasonably interferes with a right that is common to the general public
    public nuisance.
    • a public nuisance offends the public at large
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  • (Law), that which is deleterious to the health or comfort or sense of decency of the community at large.
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common nutcracker

  • noun Old World nutcracker
    Nucifraga caryocatactes.
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common oak

  • noun medium to large deciduous European oak having smooth leaves with rounded lobes; yields hard strong light-colored wood
    English oak; Quercus robur; pedunculate oak.
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Common of estovers

  • the right of taking wood from another's estate.
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Common of pasture

  • the right of feeding beasts on the land of another. Burill.
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Common of piscary

  • the right of fishing in waters belonging to another.
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Common of turbary

  • the right of digging turf upon the ground of another.
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common opossum

  • noun omnivorous opossum of the eastern United States; noted for feigning death when in danger; esteemed as food in some areas; considered same species as the crab-eating opossum of South America
    Didelphis virginiana; Didelphis marsupialis.
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common or garden

  • adjective satellite the usual or familiar type
    • it is a common or garden sparrow
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common osier

  • noun willow with long flexible twigs used in basketry
    hemp willow; velvet osier; Salix viminalis.
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common pea

  • noun plant producing peas usually eaten fresh rather than dried
    Pisum sativum; garden pea; garden pea plant.
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common people

  • noun people in general (often used in the plural)
    folks; folk.
    • they're just country folk
    • folks around here drink moonshine
    • the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next
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common pepper

  • noun climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam
    pepper; Piper nigrum; black pepper; Madagascar pepper; white pepper.
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common person

  • noun a person who holds no title
    common man; commoner.
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common pitcher plant

  • noun perennial bog herb having dark red flowers and decumbent broadly winged pitchers forming a rosette; of northeastern North America and naturalized in Europe especially Ireland
    huntsman's cup; huntsman's cups; Sarracenia purpurea.
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common plantain

  • noun common European perennial naturalized worldwide; a troublesome weed
    whiteman's foot; Plantago major; cart-track plant; white-man's foot; broad-leaved plantain.
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Common pleas

  • one of the three superior courts of common law at Westminster, presided over by a chief justice and four puisne judges. Its jurisdiction is confined to civil matters. Courts bearing this title exist in several of the United States, having, however, in some cases, botth civil and criminal jurisdiction extending over the whole State. In other States the jurisdiction of the common pleas is limited to a county, and it is sometimes called a county court. Its powers are generally defined by statute.
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common plum

  • noun any of various widely distributed plums grown in the cooler temperate areas
    Prunus domestica.
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common polypody

  • noun mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia
    golden maidenhair; sweet fern; wall fern; golden polypody; adder's fern; Polypodium vulgare.
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common pond-skater

  • noun a variety of water strider
    Gerris lacustris.
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Common prayer

  • the liturgy of the Church of England, or of the Protestant Episcopal church of the United States, which all its clergy are enjoined use. It is contained in the Book of Common Prayer.
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common privet

  • noun deciduous semi-evergreen shrub used for hedges
    Ligustrum vulgare.
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common purslane

  • noun weedy trailing mat-forming herb with bright yellow flowers cultivated for its edible mildly acid leaves eaten raw or cooked especially in Indian and Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine; cosmopolitan
    pussly; pussley; Portulaca oleracea; verdolagas.
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common raccoon

  • noun North American raccoon
    Procyon lotor; ringtail; coon; common raccoon.
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common racoon

  • noun North American raccoon
    Procyon lotor; ringtail; coon; common raccoon.
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common ragweed

  • noun annual weed with finely divided foliage and spikes of green flowers; common in North America; introduced elsewhere accidentally
    Ambrosia artemisiifolia.
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common reed

  • noun tall North American reed having relative wide leaves and large plumelike panicles; widely distributed in moist areas; used for mats, screens and arrow shafts
    carrizo; Phragmites communis; ditch reed.
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common room

  • noun a sitting room (usually at school or university)
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common rorqual

  • noun large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
    fin whale; finback; finback whale; Balaenoptera physalus.
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common rose mallow

  • noun showy shrub of salt marshes of the eastern United States having large rose-colored flowers
    swamp rose mallow; rose mallow; Hibiscus moscheutos; swamp mallow.
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common roundworm

  • noun intestinal parasite of humans and pigs
    Ascaris lumbricoides.
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common rush

  • noun tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America
    bulrush; soft rush; Juncus effusus; bullrush.
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common sage

  • noun shrubby plant with aromatic greyish-green leaves used as a cooking herb
    Salvia officinalis; ramona.
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common salt

  • noun a white crystalline solid consisting mainly of sodium chloride (NaCl)
    sodium chloride.
  • noun white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
    salt; table salt.
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Common school

  • a school maintained at the public expense, and open to all.
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Common scold

  • noun someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    nagger; scold; nag; scolder.
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  • (Law), a woman addicted to scolding indiscriminately, in public.
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common scoter

  • noun a variety of scoter
    Melanitta nigra.
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common scurvy grass

  • noun a widely distributed Arctic cress reputed to have value in treatment or prevention of scurvy; a concentrated source of vitamin C
    Cochlearia officinalis; scurvy grass.
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Common seal

  • noun small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern hemisphere
    Phoca vitulina; harbor seal.
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  • a seal adopted and used by a corporation .
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Common sense

  • noun sound practical judgment
    gumption; mother wit; horse sense; good sense; sense.
    • Common sense is not so common
    • he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples
    • fortunately she had the good sense to run away
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  • . (a) A supposed sense which was held to be the common bond of all the others. Obs. Trench. (b) Sound judgment. See under Sense.
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common shares

  • noun stock other than preferred stock; entitles the owner to a share of the corporation's profits and a share of the voting power in shareholder elections
    ordinary shares; common shares.
    • over 40 million Americans invest in common stocks
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common shiner

  • noun the common North American shiner
    Notropis cornutus; silversides.
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common shrew

  • noun common American shrew
    Sorex araneus.
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common sickle pine

  • noun small tropical rain forest tree of Indonesia and Malaysia
    Falcatifolium falciforme.
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common snapping turtle

  • noun large-headed turtle with powerful hooked jaws found in or near water; prone to bite
    Chelydra serpentina; snapper.
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common snowberry

  • noun deciduous shrub of western North America having spikes of pink flowers followed by round white berries
    Symphoricarpos alba; waxberry; snowberry.
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common soldier

  • noun an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines
    buck private; private.
    • our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value
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common sorrel

  • noun large sour-tasting arrowhead-shaped leaves used in salads and sauces
    sorrel.
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common speedwell

  • noun common hairy European perennial with pale blue or lilac flowers in axillary racemes
    Veronica officinalis; gypsyweed.
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common spindle tree

  • noun small erect deciduous shrub having tough white wood and cathartic bark and fruit
    Euonymus europaeus.
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common spoonbill

  • noun pure white crested spoonbill of southern Eurasia and northeastern Africa
    Platalea leucorodia.
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common spotted orchid

  • noun European orchid having lanceolate leaves spotted purple and pink to white or mauve flowers spotted or lined deep red or purple
    Dactylorhiza fuchsii; Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii.
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common st john's wort

  • noun deciduous bushy Eurasian shrub with golden yellow flowers and reddish-purple fruits from which a soothing salve is made in Spain
    tutsan; Hypericum androsaemum.
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common staghorn fern

  • noun commonly cultivated fern of Australia and southeastern Asia and Polynesia
    Platycerium alcicorne; elkhorn fern; Platycerium bifurcatum.
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common starling

  • noun gregarious bird having plumage with dark metallic gloss; builds nests around dwellings and other structures; naturalized worldwide
    Sturnus vulgaris.
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common stinkhorn

  • noun a common fungus formerly used in preparing a salve for rheumatism
    Phallus impudicus.
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common stock

  • noun stock other than preferred stock; entitles the owner to a share of the corporation's profits and a share of the voting power in shareholder elections
    ordinary shares; common shares.
    • over 40 million Americans invest in common stocks
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common stock equivalent

  • noun preferred stock or convertible bonds or warrants that can be converted into common stock
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common sunflower

  • noun annual sunflower grown for silage and for its seeds which are a source of oil; common throughout United States and much of North America
    Helianthus annuus; mirasol.
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common tarweed

  • noun California annual having red-brown spots near the base of its yellow flower rays
    Madia elegans; common madia.
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common teasel

  • noun teasel with lilac flowers native to Old World but naturalized in North America; dried flower heads used to raise a nap on woolen cloth
    Dipsacus fullonum.
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common thorn apple

  • noun intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
    jimsonweed; Jamestown weed; apple of Peru; jimson weed; Datura stramonium.
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common thyme

  • noun common aromatic garden perennial native to the western Mediterranean; used in seasonings and formerly as medicine
    Thymus vulgaris.
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Common time

  • noun a time signature indicating four beats to the bar
    quadruple time; common measure; four-four time.
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  • (Mus.), that variety of time in which the measure consists of two or of four equal portions.
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common tobacco

  • noun tall erect South American herb with large ovate leaves and terminal clusters of tubular white or pink flowers; cultivated for its leaves
    Nicotiana tabacum.
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common topaz

  • noun a yellow quartz
    topaz; false topaz.
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common touch

  • noun the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
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common unicorn plant

  • noun annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak
    ram's horn; Proboscidea louisianica; elephant-tusk; devil's claw; common devil's claw; proboscis flower.
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common valerian

  • noun tall rhizomatous plant having very fragrant flowers and rhizomes used medicinally
    Valeriana officinalis; garden heliotrope.
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common vetchling

  • noun scrambling perennial Eurasian wild pea having yellowish flowers and compressed seed pods; cultivated for forage
    yellow vetchling; meadow pea; Lathyrus pratensis.
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common viper

  • noun small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia
    adder; Vipera berus.
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common wallaby

  • noun a small wallaby having a height of 30 inches
    Macropus agiles.
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common wart

  • noun a benign growth (often with a rough surface)
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common wasp

  • noun a variety of vespid wasp
    Vespula vulgaris.
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common water snake

  • noun in some classifications placed in the genus Nerodia; western United States snake that seldom ventures far from water
    Nerodia sipedon; banded water snake; Natrix sipedon.
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common watercress

  • noun perennial Eurasian cress growing chiefly in springs or running water having fleshy pungent leaves used in salads or as a potherb or garnish; introduced in North America and elsewhere
    Nasturtium officinale; Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum.
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common wheat

  • noun widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties for its commercially important grain
    Triticum aestivum.
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common white dogwood

  • noun deciduous tree; celebrated for its large white or pink bracts and stunning autumn color that is followed by red berries
    eastern flowering dogwood; Cornus florida.
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common winterberry holly

  • noun a holly shrub
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common wolffia

  • noun smallest flowering plants known; of the Americas
    Wolffia columbiana.
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common wood sorrel

  • noun Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white purple-veined flowers
    shamrock; Oxalis acetosella; cuckoo bread.
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common wormwood

  • noun aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
    old man; Artemisia absinthium; lad's love; absinthe.
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common year

  • noun a year that is not a leap year
    365 days.
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common yellowthroat

  • noun an American warbler
    Geothlypis trichas; Maryland yellowthroat.
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common yellowwood

  • noun medium-sized tree of South Africa
    Afrocarpus falcata; bastard yellowwood.
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common zebra

  • noun of the plains of central and eastern Africa
    Burchell's zebra; Equus Burchelli.
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common-law

  • adjective satellite based on common law
    • a common-law right
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common-law marriage

  • noun a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
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fellow-commoner

Fel"low-com"mon*er noun

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  1. A student at Cambridge University, England, who commons, or dines, at the Fellow's table.
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Gentleman commoner

  • one of the highest class of commoners at the University of Oxford.
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great commoner

  • noun United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
    Bryan; Boy Orator of the Platte; William Jennings Bryan.
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greatest common divisor

  • noun the largest integer that divides without remainder into a set of integers
    greatest common factor; greatest common divisor.
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greatest common factor

  • noun the largest integer that divides without remainder into a set of integers
    greatest common factor; greatest common divisor.
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highest common factor

  • noun the largest integer that divides without remainder into a set of integers
    greatest common factor; greatest common divisor.
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house of commons

  • noun the lower house of the British parliament
    British House of Commons.
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In common

  • adverb sharing equally with another or others
    • we have several things in common
    • in common with other companies they advertise widely
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  • equally with another, or with others; owned, shared, or used, in community with others; affecting or affected equally.
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law of common fate

  • noun a Gestalt principle of organization holding that aspects of perceptual field that move or function in a similar manner will be perceived as a unit
    common fate.
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least common multiple

  • noun the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers
    lcm; least common multiple.
    • the least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 36
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lowest common multiple

  • noun the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers
    lcm; least common multiple.
    • the least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 36
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Out of the common

  • uncommon; extraordinary.
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Tenant in common

  • one holding real or personal property in common with others, having distinct but undivided interests. See Joint tenant, under Joint.
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The run, ∨ The common run, etc.

  • ordinary persons; the generality or average of people or things; also, that which ordinarily occurs; ordinary current, course, or kind.
    I saw nothing else that is superior to the common run of parks. Walpole.
    Burns never dreamed of looking down on others as beneath him, merely because he was conscious of his own vast superiority to the common run of men. Prof. Wilson.
    His whole appearance was something out of the common run. W. Irving.
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To be on short commons

  • to have small allowance of food. Colloq.
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To make common cause with

  • to join with in purposes and aims.
  • to join or ally one's self with.
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