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alabaster a hard, white stone that is often translucent. Alabaster is often carved to make statues and ornaments. [2 definitions]
alarm sudden fear caused by possible danger. [4 definitions]
alarm clock a clock with a bell or buzzer that can be set to sound at a particular time.
alas a word used to express sadness or disappointment.
Alaska a state of the United States on the northwestern coast of North America. Its capital is Juneau. (abbreviated: AK)
Albania a country in southeastern Europe. Albania is also called the People's Republic of Albania. Tirane is the capital of Albania.
albatross a very large sea bird found mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Albatrosses have webbed feet, long narrow wings, and hooked beaks.
Alberta a Canadian province located between Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Its capital is Edmonton.
albino a human or animal that is born without normal coloring. Albinos have very pale skin and hair and pink eyes. Plants can also be albinos.
album a book with blank pages or empty pockets in which a collection can be placed. An album can hold photographs, stamps, or mementos. [2 definitions]
alcohol a clear liquid that burns easily and can be made from certain grains and fruits. Alcohol is present in such drinks as beer, wine, and whiskey. It is also used in making medicines and chemicals. [2 definitions]
alcoholic containing alcohol. [2 definitions]
alcoholism a disease caused by the habit of drinking too much alcohol. Alcoholism is characterized by a strong desire to drink alcohol, difficulties in behaving properly, and troubling effects when alcohol use is stopped.
alcove a partly enclosed area of a room.
alder a tree or shrub of the birch family that grows in mostly cool, damp areas and drops its leaves every year.
ale an alcoholic drink that is like beer but more bitter.
alert watching carefully; quick to notice and act. [3 definitions]
Aleut a member of a native people of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
Alexandria a city in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea at the tip of the Nile delta. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great.
alfalfa a plant with purple flowers that is grown as food for cattle and horses. Alfalfa is a member of the legume family of plants.
alga singular of algae.