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accordion a musical instrument with a keyboard that is small enough to carry. An accordion is played by pressing the keys and squeezing the bellows to force air through metal reeds.
adder2 a small, poisonous snake found in Europe and Asia.
additive a substance added to another substance in small amounts to change or improve it.
a drop in the bucket a small amount compared to what is needed.
a few a small number of things or people.
aftershock a small earthquake that follows a larger one. Aftershocks start at or near the same place where the first earthquake started. There are often several aftershocks after the first earthquake.
alimentary canal the tube in the body through which food travels as it is digested. The alimentary canal goes from the mouth to the anus, and includes the esophagus, the stomach, and the small and large intestines.
a little a small amount of something. [2/3 definitions]
alligator a large reptile with short legs, a long body and tail, and a long, wide snout. Alligators are protected by thick skin with many hard bumps. They live in rivers, lakes, swamps, and other bodies of water in the southeast United States and in China. They usually eat insects, fish, turtles, snakes, birds, and other water animals, but have been known to attack small land mammals. They are closely related to crocodiles. Chinese alligators are endangered because their habitat is being changed by people.
almond a small tree related to the cherry tree that grows in warm areas and produces seeds that can be eaten. [1/3 definitions]
amphibian a small animal that spends part of its life cycle in water and part of its life cycle on land. Amphibians hatch in water and breathe with gills. Then they develop lungs so the adults can breathe air. Amphibians are cold-blooded animals with skeletons inside their bodies. Frogs, toads, and salamanders are amphibians. [1/2 definitions]
anchovy a small fish that is related to the herring and is used for food. Anchovies are found mostly in warm ocean waters.
Andorra a small country in the mountainous region between France and Spain. The capital of Andorra is also called Andorra.
any even a very small amount of (used after "not"). [1/5 definitions]
aphid a small insect that eats by sucking the juices of plants. Aphids have soft bodies and move slowly.
appetizer a small amount of food or drink served before a meal.
aqua the color that comes from mixing blue, green, and a small amount of white paint.
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."
asteroid a small, rocky, planet-like body that circles the sun and is mostly found between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. The size of an asteroid can vary from very tiny to six hundred miles across.
atom anything extremely small; tiny bit. [1/2 definitions]
awl a tool used to make holes in leather or wood. Awls are small and have a sharp point.