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ancient

1. of the far past, esp before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 ad)
2. Law having existed since before the time of legal memory
3. a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew
4. one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity
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Evidence for a conserved role of these genes more generally in arthropod eyes has been derived from a clever comparative analysis of gene expression between anciently diverged compound eyes and ocelli of Drosophila (Friedrich, 2006).
3, 26-7; Thomas Sharp, A Dissertation on the Pageants Or Dramatic Mysteries Anciently Performed at Coventry, by the Trading Companies of that City (London, 1825), 23; Joseph A.
It is a representation which savors an exotic perception of Portuguese in contrast to the anciently ritualistic and guttural depiction of Hungarian.
Scott's preface to his poem declares that it 'is intended to illustrate the customs and manners which anciently prevailed on the Borders of England and Scotland', while there are similar accounts in both works of the feud of the Scotts and Kers and the killing of Sir Walter Scott in the streets of Edinburgh, of Scott of Harden and his sons, of Patten's account of the gathering-shout of the Border clans, and so on.
He also showed us another ode, of two or three four-lined stanzas, called The Bell of Arragon; on a tradition that, anciently, just before a king of Spain died, the great bell of the cathedral of Sarragossa, in Arragon, tolled spontaneously.
But on the other side of Leo--in fact, anciently regarded as the tuft of Leo's tail--is the Coma Star Cluster.
Frazer suggests that "the prytanis was anciently the king or perhaps rather the chief or headman of a petty independent town and that the prytaneum was his house" (147).
His Imagini followed five years later, a work of true mythography rather than an emblem book: instead of merely recording, it interprets classical mythology according to a tradition anciently established by Hesiod and continued (among many others) by Plato, the sixth-century scholar Fulgentius, and the Vatican mythographers--the anonymous authors of twelfth-century manuscripts based on the holdings of the Vatican library.
12) These data support the consensus view that the Khoisan are the most anciently divergent human group, and have been significantly structured by long-term tribal separations since that ancient period.
Ramon del Valle-Inclan, as one of the founding members of the modernist avant-garde group, Spain's Generacion de '98, is the inheritor of a much more anciently evolved mystical discourse from both Christian and Muslim sources.
It must be agreed that many people and Nations have been overgrown with evill Customes and Barbarism, that they have imbased thir very human Nature to a degree not much superiour to Beasts as appeares at this day in many (e) of the Countryes of the West Indies, and (f) anciently in some remote /fol.
The discovery is that we affluent Westerners today enjoy a level of "happiness" no higher than that of the hunter-gatherers from whom we are anciently descended.