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  • p   noun the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet* ; a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms
  • pa   noun an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas* ; a Mid Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies* ; an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk* ; a unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter* ; a short lived radioactive metallic element formed from uranium and disintegrating into actinium and then into lead
  • pacific   adj. promoting peace* ; disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature* ; relating to or bordering the Pacific Ocean* ; noun the largest ocean in the world
  • pain   noun a somatic sensation of acute discomfort* ; emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid* ; a bothersome annoying person* ; a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder* ; something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness* ; verb cause emotional anguish or make miserable* ;cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
  • pain free   adj. not accompanied by pain sensations
  • palm   noun the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers* ; any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves* ; a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand* ; an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event* ; verbtouch, lift, or hold with the hands
  • pamelor   noun a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Pamelor) used along with psychotherapy to treat dysthymic depression; may interact dangerously if taken with other drugs
  • panache   noun a feathered plume on a helmet* ; distinctive and stylish elegance
  • panadol   noun an analgesic for mild pain; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets)
  • pancreas   noun a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin
  • panic button   noun a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergency
  • papaya   noun large oval melon like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh* ; tropical American shrub or small tree having huge deeply palmately cleft leaves and large oblong yellow fruit
  • paper   noun medium for written communication* ; a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses* ; a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses* ; the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher* ; a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements* ; an essay (especially one written as an assignment)* ; a business firm that publishes newspapers* ; verb cover with paper* ; cover with wallpaper
  • paper mulberry   noun shrubby Asiatic tree having bark (tapa) that resembles cloth; grown as a shade tree in Europe and America; male flowers are pendulous catkins and female are urn shaped followed by small orange red aggregate berries
  • paperbark birch   noun small American birch with peeling white bark often worked into e.g. baskets or toy canoes
  • paprika   noun a mild powdered seasoning made from dried pimientos* ; plant bearing large mild thick walled usually bell shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers
  • parathyroid   noun any one of four endocrine glands situated above or within the thyroid gland
  • parathyroid hormone   noun hormone synthesized and released into the blood stream by the parathyroid glands; regulates phosphorus and calcium in the body and functions in neuromuscular excitation and blood clotting
  • paregoric   noun medicine used to treat diarrhea
  • paris quadrifolia   noun European herb with yellow green flowers resembling and closely related to the trilliums; reputed to be poisonous
  • parsley   noun aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food* ; annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves
  • parsnip   noun whitish edible root; eaten cooked* ; a strong scented plant cultivated for its edible root* ; the whitish root of cultivated parsnip
  • passiflora incarnata   noun of southern United States; having an insipid berry the size of a hen egg
  • patch   noun a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole* ; a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program* ; a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body* ; a protective cloth covering for an injured eye* ; sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)* ; a connection intended to be used for a limited time* ; a small contrasting part of something* ; a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation* ; a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition* ; verb mend by putting a patch on* ; to join or unite the pieces of* ; provide with a patch; also used metaphorically* ; repair by adding pieces
  • paxil   noun a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly prescribed as an antidepressant (trade name Paxil)
  • pea   noun seed of a pea plant used for food* ; a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds* ; the fruit or seed of a pea plant
  • peach   noun downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh* ;cultivated in temperate regions* ; a shade of pink tinged with yellow* ; a very attractive or seductive looking woman* ; verb divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful his secretary talks"
  • peanut   adj. of little importance or influence or power; of minor status* ; noun pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms* ; a young child who is small for his age* ; widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground* ;underground pod of the peanut vine
  • pear   noun sweet juicy gritty textured fruit available in many varieties* ; Old World tree having sweet gritty textured juicy fruit; widely cultivated in many varieties
  • pearlescent   adj. having a play of lustrous rainbow like colors
  • pecan   noun smooth brown oval nut of south central United States* ;tree of southern United States and Mexico cultivated for its nuts* ;wood of a pecan tree
  • pediapred   noun a glucocorticoid (trade names Pediapred or Prelone) used to treat inflammatory conditions
  • pediatric   adj. of or relating to the medical care of children
  • penicillamine   noun a drug (trade name Cuprimine) used to treat heavy metal poisoning and Wilson's disease and severe arthritis
  • penicillium   noun genus of fungi commonly growing as green or blue molds on decaying food; used in making cheese and as a source of penicillin
  • pentobarbital sodium   noun a barbiturate (trade name Nembutal) used as a sedative and hypnotic and antispasmodic
  • pentoxifylline   noun a drug (trade name Trental) used to treat claudication; believed to increase the flexibility of red blood cells so they can flow through the blood vessels to the legs and feet
  • pepcid   noun a histamine blocker (trade name Pepcid) used to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis and esophageal reflux
  • peppermint   noun a candy flavored with peppermint oil* ; herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring* ; red gum tree of Tasmania
  • perch   noun any of numerous spiny finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes* ; spiny finned freshwater food and game fishes* ; support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)* ; any of numerous fishes of America and Europe* ; an elevated place serving as a seat* ; a square rod of land* ; a linear measure of 16.5 feet* ; verb sit, as on a branch* ; cause to perch or sit* ; to come to rest, settle
  • perfectionism   noun a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
  • perform   verb carry out or perform an action* ; give a performance (of something)* ; perform a function* ; get (something) done
  • pericardium   noun a serous membrane with two layers that surrounds the heart
  • personal care   noun care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
  • pertussis   noun a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
  • pest   noun any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.* ; a persistently annoying person* ; any epidemic disease with a high death rate* ; a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal
  • peter pan   noun the main character in a play by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up* ; a boyish or immature man; after the boy in Barrie's play who never grows up
  • petrolatum   noun a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
  • petroleum jelly   noun a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
  • phenazopyridine   noun analgesic (trade name Pyridium) used to treat urinary tract infections
  • phenergan   noun antihistamine (trade name Phenergan) used to treat allergies; also an antiemetic used to treat motion sickness
  • phenobarbital   noun a long acting barbiturate used as a sedative
  • phenol   noun any of a class of weakly acidic organic compounds; molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups* ; a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally
  • phenylalanine   noun an essential amino acid found in proteins and needed for growth of children and for protein metabolism in children and adults; abundant in milk and eggs; it is normally converted to tyrosine in the human body
  • phenylephrine   noun a powerful vasoconstrictor used to dilate the pupils and relieve nasal congestion
  • phenytoin   noun an anticonvulsant drug (trade name Dilantin) used to treat epilepsy and that is not a sedative
  • phosphorus   noun a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms* ; a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
  • physalis alkekengi   noun Old World perennial cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange red calyx
  • phytolacca   noun type genus of Phytolaccaceae: pokeweed
  • pignut   noun an American hickory tree having bitter nuts
  • pigweed   noun leaves sometimes used as potherbs; seeds used as cereal; southern United States to Central America; India and China* ;leaves collected from the wild* ; common weedy European plant introduced into North America; often used as a potherb
  • pike   noun any of several elongate long snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere* ; medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet* ; a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)* ; highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh* ; a broad highway designed for high speed traffic
  • pimento   noun fully ripened sweet red pepper; usually cooked* ;plant bearing large mild thick walled usually bell shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers
  • pimozide   noun the most commonly used diphenylbutyl piperidine
  • pin oak   noun fast growing medium to large pyramidal deciduous tree of northeastern United States and southeastern Canada having deeply pinnatifid leaves that turn bright red in autumn; thrives in damp soil* ; large nearly semi evergreen oak of southeastern United States; thrives in damp soil
  • pina colada   noun a mixed drink made of pineapple juice and coconut cream and rum
  • pindolol   noun an oral beta blocker (trade name Visken) used in treating hypertension
  • pineapple   noun large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated* ; a tropical American plant bearing a large fleshy edible fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated in the tropics
  • pink   adj. of a light shade of red* ; noun a light shade of red* ; any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers* ; a person with mildly leftist political views* ; verb cut in a zigzag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing* ; sound like a car engine that is firing too early* ; make light, repeated taps on a surface
  • pinto bean   noun mottled or spotted bean of southwestern United States; usually dried
  • pinus sylvestris   noun medium large two needled pine of northern Europe and Asia having flaking red brown bark
  • pinworm   noun small threadlike worm infesting human intestines and rectum especially in children
  • pip   noun a small hard seed found in some fruits* ; a minor nonspecific ailment* ; a disease of poultry* ; a radar echo displayed so as to show the position of a reflecting surface* ; a mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)* ; verb defeat thoroughly* ; hit with a missile from a weapon* ; kill by firing a missile
  • piper nigrum   noun climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam
  • piperacillin   noun a synthetic type of penicillin antibiotic (trade name Pipracil) used for moderate to severe infections
  • piroxicam   noun a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (trade name Feldene) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
  • pistachio   noun nut of Mediterranean trees having an edible green kernel* ; small tree of southern Europe and Asia Minor bearing small hard shelled nuts
  • pistachio nut   noun nut of Mediterranean trees having an edible green kernel
  • pitch pine   noun large three needled pine of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada; closely related to the pond pine* ;large three needled pine of southeastern United States having very long needles and gnarled twisted limbs; bark is red brown deeply ridged; an important timber tree
  • pitocin   noun hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitocin); stimulates contractions of the uterus and ejection of milk
  • placenta   noun the vascular structure in the uterus of most mammals providing oxygen and nutrients for and transferring wastes from the developing fetus* ; that part of the ovary of a flowering plant where the ovules form
  • plain   adj. lacking embellishment or ornamentation* ; free from any effort to soften to disguise* ; lacking patterns especially in color* ; not elaborate or elaborated; simple* ; not mixed with extraneous elements* ; lacking in physical beauty or proportion* ; clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment* ; adv. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')* ; noun extensive tract of level open land* ; a basic knitting stitch* ; verb express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • plantago major   noun common European perennial naturalized worldwide; a troublesome weed
  • plantain   noun starchy banana like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics* ; a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics* ; any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
  • plaquenil   noun anti inflammatory drug (trade name Plaquenil) used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and malaria and lupus erythematosus
  • plaster   noun adhesive tape used in dressing wounds* ; a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)* ; a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings* ; a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.* ; any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs* ; verb coat with plaster* ; apply a heavy coat to* ; apply a plaster cast to* ; affix conspicuously* ; cover conspicuously or thickly, as by pasting something on* ; dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
  • platanus   noun genus of large monoecious mostly deciduous trees: London plane; sycamore
  • plavix   noun a blood thinner (trade name Plavix) approved for the treatment of mild heart attacks; works by preventing blood platelets from sticking together to form clots that would restrict blood flow
  • plus   adj. involving advantage or good* ; on the positive side or higher end of a scale* ; noun the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers* ; a useful or valuable quality
  • pms   noun a syndrome that occurs in many women from 2 to 14 days before the onset of menstruation
  • podophyllum peltatum   noun North American herb with poisonous root stock and edible though insipid fruit
  • poison ivy   noun climbing plant common in eastern and central United States with ternate leaves and greenish flowers followed by white berries; yields an irritating oil that causes a rash on contact* ;dermatitis resulting from contact with the poison ivy plant
  • poison oak   noun dermatitis resulting from contact with a poison oak plant* ; climbing plant common in eastern and central United States with ternate leaves and greenish flowers followed by white berries; yields an irritating oil that causes a rash on contact
  • polygonum   noun diverse genus of herbs or woody subshrubs of north temperate regions
  • ponderosa pine   noun common and widely distributed tall timber pine of western North America having dark green needles in bunches of 2 to 5 and thick bark with dark brown plates when mature
  • ponstel   noun a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory and analgesic drug (trade name Ponstel) used to treat mild pain (especially menstrual cramps)
  • poplar   noun any of numerous trees of north temperate regions having light soft wood and flowers borne in catkins* ; soft light colored nondurable wood of the poplar
  • poppy seed   noun small grey seed of a poppy flower; used whole or ground in baked items
  • porcine   adj. relating to or suggesting swine* ; resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy* ; repellently fat
  • pork   noun meat from a domestic hog or pig* ; a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
  • post   noun the delivery and collection of letters and packages* ; an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position* ; a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)* ; the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand* ; United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854 1914)* ; United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872 1960)* ; United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899 1935)* ; a job in an organization* ; military installation at which a body of troops is stationed* ; the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office* ; any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered* ; verb publicize with, or as if with, a poster* ; display, as of records in sports games* ; mark or expose as infamous* ; put up* ; affix in a public place or for public notice* ; ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait* ; transfer (entries) from one account book to another* ; assign to a post; put into a post* ; enter on a public list* ; cause to be directed or transmitted to another place* ; assign to a station* ; mark with a stake
  • post oak   noun small deciduous tree of eastern and central United States having dark green lyrate pinnatifid leaves and tough moisture resistant wood used especially for fence posts
  • pot   noun metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid* ; street names for marijuana* ; a container in which plants are cultivated* ; slang for a paunch* ; the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)* ; the quantity contained in a pot* ; a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets* ; a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination* ; (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent* ; verb plant in a pot
  • potassium bicarbonate   noun a crystalline salt (KHCO3) that is used in baking powder and as an antacid
  • potassium chloride   noun salt of potassium (KCl) (trade names K Dur 20, Kaochlor and K lor and Klorvess and K lyte); taken in tablet form to treat potassium deficiency
  • potassium iodide   noun a crystalline salt in organic synthesis and in making photographic emulsions and in iodized table salt
  • potato   noun an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland* ; annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
  • power   noun possession of controlling influence* ; one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority* ; (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)* ; physical strength* ;possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done* ; a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself* ; a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world* ; a very wealthy or powerful businessman* ; (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power* ; verbsupply the force or power for the functioning of
  • power play   noun (ice hockey) a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties* ; a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play* ; an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
  • powerhouse   noun a team considered to be the best of its class* ; a highly energetic and indefatigable person* ; an electrical generating station
  • pr   noun a promotion intended to create goodwill for a person or institution* ; a self governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico* ; a soft yellowish white trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; can be recovered from bastnasite or monazite by an ion exchange process
  • prairie sage   noun perennial cottony white herb of southwestern United States
  • pravachol   noun an oral drug (trade name Pravachol) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after nonfatal heart attacks
  • pravastatin   noun an oral drug (trade name Pravachol) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after nonfatal heart attacks
  • prazosin   noun antihypertensive drug (trade name Minipress)
  • predator   noun any animal that lives by preying on other animals* ;someone who attacks in search of booty
  • prednisolone   noun a glucocorticoid (trade names Pediapred or Prelone) used to treat inflammatory conditions
  • prednisone   noun a dehydrogenated analogue of cortisol (trade names Orasone or Deltasone or Liquid Pred or Meticorten); used as an anti inflammatory drug in the treatment of arthritis and as an immunosuppressant
  • prejudiced   adj. being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand* ; emanating from a person's emotions and prejudices
  • prenatal   adj. occurring or existing before birth
  • prep   noun preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
  • prestige   noun a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc.
  • presto   adj. (of tempo) very fast* ; adv. suddenly* ; at a very fast tempo (faster than allegro)
  • prevacid   noun antacid (trade name Prevacid) that suppresses acid secretion in the stomach
  • prevail   verb use persuasion successfully* ; prove superior* ; continue to exist* ; be valid, applicable, or true* ; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  • prevent   verb prevent from doing something or being in a certain state* ; keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  • prilosec   noun antacid (trade name Prilosec) that suppresses acid secretion in the stomach
  • primaxin   noun trade name for a parenteral antibiotic
  • primer   noun an introductory textbook* ; the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface* ; any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
  • primidone   noun an anticonvulsant (trade name Mysoline) used to treat grand mal seizures and essential tremor
  • privine   noun vasoconstrictor (trade names Privine and Sudafed) used in nasal sprays to treat symptoms of nasal congestion and in eyedrops to treat eye irritation
  • procardia   noun calcium blocker (trade name Procardia); appears to increase the risk of recurrent heart attacks
  • prochlorperazine   noun antipsychotic and antiemetic drug used to treat schizophrenia and to combat nausea and vomiting
  • procrastination   noun the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time* ; slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
  • procure   verb get by special effort* ; arrange for sexual partners for others
  • progesterone   noun a steroid hormone (trade name Lipo Lutin) produced in the ovary; prepares and maintains the uterus for pregnancy
  • prolong   verb lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer* ; lengthen or extend in duration or space
  • promethazine   noun antihistamine (trade name Phenergan) used to treat allergies; also an antiemetic used to treat motion sickness
  • propylthiouracil   noun a crystalline compound used as an antithyroid drug in the treatment of goiter
  • prosopis juliflora   noun mesquite of Gulf Coast and Caribbean islands from Mexico to Venezuela
  • prostate   adj. relating to the prostate gland* ; noun a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen
  • protection   noun payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence* ; the activity of protecting someone or something* ; the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition* ; the condition of being protected* ; kindly endorsement and guidance* ; a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury* ; defense against financial failure; financial independence
  • protector   noun a person who cares for persons or property
  • proteus   noun type genus of the Proteidae* ; (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will
  • provera   noun a progestin compound (trade name Provera) used to treat menstrual disorders
  • prozac   noun a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly prescribed as an antidepressant (trade name Prozac)
  • prunus   noun a genus of shrubs and trees of the family Rosaceae that is widely distributed in temperate regions
  • prunus virginiana   noun a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birds
  • psoriasis   noun a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences
  • ptsd   noun an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
  • pulsatilla   noun includes a group of plants that in some classifications are included in the genus Anemone: pasqueflowers
  • pumpkin   noun usually large pulpy deep yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn* ; a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes
  • purple   adj. of a color intermediate between red and blue* ;belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler* ; excessively elaborate or showily expressed* ; noun a purple color or pigment* ; of imperial status* ; verb color purple* ; become purple
  • purpose   noun an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions* ; the quality of being determined to do or achieve something* ; what something is used for* ; verb reach a decision* ; propose or intend
  • pussy willow   noun small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves* ; much branched Old World willow having large catkins and relatively large broad leaves
  • pyrethrum   noun used in former classifications for plants later placed in genus Chrysanthemum and now often included in genus Tanacetum* ; white flowered pyrethrum of Balkan area whose pinnate leaves are white and silky hairy below; source of an insecticide; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum* ; made of dried flower heads of pyrethrum plants* ; spring flowering garden perennial of Asiatic origin having finely divided aromatic leaves and white to pink purple flowers; source of an insecticide; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
  • pyridium   noun analgesic (trade name Pyridium) used to treat urinary tract infections

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