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armadillo a mammal whose body is protected by hard, bony plates. Armadillos live in Central and South America, and the southern United States. Some kinds of armadillos are only six inches long; other kinds grow up to four feet in length. They eat mostly insects and are related to sloths and anteaters.
armor a suit made of leather, metal, or other strong material, worn to protect the body during battle. [1/4 definitions]
assembly (often capitalized) a legislative body. [1/4 definitions]
asteroid a small, rocky, planet-like body that circles the sun, mostly found between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. The size of an asteroid can range from less than one mile to five hundred miles across.
atrium either of the two upper compartments of the heart; auricle. Blood returning from the body flows into the atria, which pump the blood to the ventricles, the lower compartments of the heart. [1/2 definitions]
attention a way in which a person stands in the military, with the body straight, the legs and feet together, and the eyes looking forward. [1/4 definitions]
attitude position of the body. [1/2 definitions]
autopsy a medical examination of a dead body to find the cause of death.
back the part of the body of a human or animal that is on the opposite side from the chest and between the neck and hips. [1/10 definitions]
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]
balance the state of being steady in body or mind. [1/6 definitions]
banjo a musical instrument with a circular body, a long neck, and four or five strings that are plucked or strummed.
barracuda a fish that lives in warm ocean water and has a long body. Barracuda are fierce hunters.
bassoon a large woodwind instrument. The bassoon has a long wooden body attached to a curved, metal tube with a mouthpiece at its end.
bath the water or other liquid in which one soaks one's body or a part of one's body. [1/3 definitions]
beach the land at the edge of a lake, ocean, or other body of water. A beach slopes gently toward the water and usually has sand or pebbles. [1/2 definitions]
bed the bottom of a body of water. [1/5 definitions]
bee an insect with a hairy body, four wings, and sometimes a stinger. Some kinds of bees live in social groups, and some live alone. Many bees drink nectar from flowers.
bend to lean one's upper body from the waist (often followed by "over", "forward", or "back"). [1/5 definitions]
bird an animal with two wings, two feet, and a body covered with feathers. Most birds can fly. Birds are warm-blooded animals with skeletons inside their bodies. Birds lay eggs with hard shells. Robins, eagles, chickens, and ostriches are a few of the many kinds of birds.
black hole a region or body in space with gravity so strong that neither light nor matter can escape it. Scientists believe that black holes form when very large stars collapse.