By Charles Winick
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Bimana. See QUADRUMANOUS. bimanual. concerning circulate or posture within which the arms are used to swing or hold on branches. biogenesis. The doctrine that merely residing organisms can produce dwelling organisms. Schwann enunciated this in 1837. Theologians have been as soon as strongly against biogenesis, because it looked as if it would deny the potential of a “special production” by way of God. biogenetic legislations. See legislations, BIOGENETIC. biolinguistics. The medical exam of language with specific emphasis at the neurophysiological and genetic components. biology, human. The examine of people from a zoological perspective. biometry. The statistical research of organic reviews, specifically as utilized to such parts as sickness, beginning, development, and dying. biomorph. The illustration of a dwelling organism. bion. The physiological individual, marked through independence and definiteness of functionality. bionomics. The learn of the relation among organism and surroundings. biosphere. The air during which there reside organisms, together with the ambience, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. biota. The plant and animal lifetime of a space. biotope. The minimal quarter which has a different surroundings. bipedal. pertaining to an upright posture and circulation utilizing the hind legs. bipenne. A double ax. bipolar. See strategy, BIPOLAR. chicken, fireplace. A poultry which most likely introduced hearth to earth for man’s use. There are animal stories (q. v. ) which characteristic this to either the raven and the robin. start, virgin. strange, excellent, or supernatural conceptions are common within the writings of historical religions. within the easier cultures, notion occasionally happened via touch with an amulet (q. v. ), fetish (q. v. ), or photograph. a few of the early rulers of the Mediterranean zone got status by way of tales of divine parentage. Legends of those strange happenings are widespread within the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Buddhist religions. The Christian chronicle of the virgin delivery of Jesus because it appears to be like within the gospel in line with St. Luke heavily parallels the development of supernatural notion as set forth in previous writings within the outdated testomony. The later account within the gospel in keeping with St. Matthew areas extra emphasis at the virginity of Mary. through the center of the second one century, the doctrine of the virgin start throughout the impregnation of Mary via the Holy Ghost had attained common attractiveness because it was once purely via insistence upon it that the divine and human essences will be held to have united in Jesus to make him a sacrifice appropriate to God. birthright. the appropriate to inherit estate or to have a specific social prestige because of one’s beginning. The child’s legitimacy, delivery order in the kin, intercourse, and rank are suitable. biru. A Babylonian linear degree which supplies the gap among districts. biscuit. Pottery that is unglazed. bisque. Clay after the 1st firing. extra regularly, bisque denotes the hardened nation of clay items sooner than the glaze is utilized. bissixt. The intercalation (q. v. ) day within the Julian calendar, extra in February each fourth yr.