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1. Chem the extent to which an element or ion occurs in the earth's crust or some other specified environment: often expressed in parts per million or as a percentage
2. Physics the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope in a mixture of isotopes of an element to the total number of atoms present: often expressed as a percentage
3. a call in solo whist undertaking to make nine tricks
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abundanceThe relative proportion of each element, or of each isotope of an element, found in a celestial object or structure. See cosmic abundance.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
The relative amount of a given element among other elements.
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See also Fertility.Amalthea’s
horn horn of Zeus’s nurse-goat which became a cornucopia. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 19]
conical receptacle which symbolizes abundance. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 65]
goddess of abundance. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 65]
head sports abundant supply of hats. [Children’s Lit.: The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins]
(Dāgan) fish-corn god symbolizing fertility and abundance. [Babyl. Myth.: Parrinder, 72; Jobes, 410]
god has inexhaustible sack of useful articles. [Jap. Myth.: LLEI, I: 325]
Vedic goddess of abundance. [Hinduism: Jobes, 439]
epithet of Aphrodite, meaning “bountiful.” [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 25]
land of milk and honey
Egyptian fertile land; salvation for Jacob’s family. [O.T.: Genesis 46:28]
land of fertility and abundance. [O.T.: Exodus 3:8, 33:3; Jeremiah 11:5]
wheat ears, garland of
American holiday celebrating abundant harvest; originally observed by Pilgrims (1621). [Am. Culture: NCE, 2726]
symbol of agricultural abundance and peace. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 374]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.