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African American an American who has ancestors of African descent.
Afro-American See African-American.
American Indian a member of any of the native peoples of North America, Central America, South America, or the West Indies, except for Eskimos. American Indians are also called Native Americans.
American Revolution the war of 1775-83 in which the American colonies won their independence from Great Britain.
anteater a mammal that uses its long, sticky tongue to eat ants and termites. True anteaters have no teeth, are furry, and live in Central or South America. They are related to armadillos and sloths. Other kinds of mammals that eat ants are also sometimes called anteaters, but they are not related to American anteaters.
antelope the American pronghorn, an animal that looks like some of the true antelopes but is not closely related. [1/2 definitions]
Apache a member of a North American Indian people living mostly in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
Asian American of or having to do with American people of Asian origin, or their history or culture. [2 definitions]
ASPCA a national organization whose purpose is to take care of lost or stray dogs, cats, and other small animals. This organization tries to find people to adopt these animals as pets. ASPCA is an abbreviation for "American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals."
avocado a tropical American fruit shaped like a pear. It has a green or black skin and a yellowish green pulp.
badger a furry mammal with short legs and a long body. The American badger has a white stripe on its forehead that runs down its back, and it has long dark marks on its face also. Badgers eat worms, rodents, rabbits, and plants. Different kinds of badgers live in Europe, Asia, and North America. They are related to skunks, otters, and other kinds of weasels. [1/2 definitions]
Belize a Central American country on the Caribbean Sea, bordered by Guatemala and Mexico. The capital of Belize is Belmopan. [1/2 definitions]
bison a very large mammal with a large head, humped shoulders, and short curved horns. Bison used to roam the plains of North America in large herds, but they were hunted until they were almost extinct. North American bison are also called buffalo, but they are not related to the true buffalo of Africa and Asia. Bison have hooves and are closely related to cattle. Bison eat only plants and chew their cud. [1/2 definitions]
black (sometimes capitalized) a person who has ancestors who came from Africa and who typically has dark skin, eyes, and hair; African American. [2/7 definitions]
bluebird a small, blue North American songbird. Males usually have a reddish breast.
bluefish a fish that lives in mild Atlantic waters of the North and South American coast. Bluefish are blue and are caught for sport or food.
blues (used with a singular or plural verb) a style of sad-sounding music with roots in African American folk music. Jazz and rock music developed from the blues. [1/2 definitions]
bobolink a black, yellow, and white North American songbird that is named for its cry. Bobolinks move from one region to another during certain times of the year.
bobwhite a brown and white North American bird that is named for its call. Bobwhites are a kind of quail.
Boy Scouts of America an American organization for boys, which teaches them outdoor skills, good citizenship, and physical fitness.
brave a Native American warrior. [1/3 definitions]