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Ra

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In Egyptian mythology, the sun god, the supreme Egyptian deity, worshipped as the creator of all life and typically portrayed with a falcon's head bearing the solar disc. He appears ...

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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2004

... rheology . See Rayleigh number...

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A Dictionary of Astronomy (3 ed.)

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2018

... Abbr. for right ascension ....

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... abbr. (in the UK) Royal...

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A Dictionary of Creation Myths

... Ra, also Re or Amen Ra, is one version of the Egyptian high god and creator ( see also Atum ; Egyptian Creation ; Khepri...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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Archaeology, History
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68 words

... ( Re ) [Di] The supreme god of ancient Egypt who takes the form of the sun and is closely connected with the king. Head of the Ennead of Heliopolis. His dead form is represented as a ram‐headed man in a shrine. Ra was often syncretized with other gods to give them a solar aspect and to enhance their importance, as with Amun‐Ra, Sobek‐Ra, or Ra‐Harakhte...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
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Social sciences
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... 1. Restaurant Association, in the UK. 2. Resolution advisory ( aviation term relating to traffic alert and collision avoidance...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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2010
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... [Egypt. Myth.] The sun god and supreme deity, worshipped as the creator of all life and often portrayed with a falcon's head bearing the solar disc. Ra appears travelling in a ship with the other gods, crossing the sky by day and passing through the underworld, the land of the dead, by night. > A way of referring to the...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... or Re (Egyptian, ‘sun’) The sun god of ancient Egypt, and from the time of Chephren (6th Dynasty) the supposed ancestor of all the pharaohs . His chief centre was at heliopolis where he was also known as Atum. His great enemy was the serpent Apep, with whom he fought continually, but always eventually defeated. According to one legend, Ra was born as a child every morning and died at night as an old man. His name and cult were assimilated with that of Amen ( amen-ra ) and many others, and he was commonly represented with the head of a falcon surmounted by...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Encyclopedias
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... ( Re ) In Egyptian mythology , Sun god of Heliopolis and lord of the dead. He sailed his sun boat across the sky by day, and through the underworld by night. He is most often depicted as falcon-headed, with a solar disc on his...

Dēianei'ra

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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...ra In Greek myth, the wife of Heracles...

Pandō'ra

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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...ra In Greek myth, the first woman; see Prometheus...

Sun Ra

Sun Ra (1914–1993)   Reference library

Ryan T. Perry

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...with the hidden nature of the universe, Sun Ra conveyed his beliefs with a wry, enigmatic sense of humor that was nevertheless utterly sincere. Sun Ra drew on multiple strands of jazz in his compositions and arrangements: ragtime, big band swing, bebop, free jazz, and avant-garde experimentalism. As an early adopter of electronic Moog synthesizers, unconventional Latin American and African instrumentation, and polyrhythmic drumming, Sun Ra pioneered the use of new sounds and textures in the jazz idiom. On stage, Sun Ra's “Archestra” included a large ensemble of...

caesū'ra

caesū'ra (‘cut’)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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Literature, Classical studies
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...ra (‘cut’) The place in a metrical line where a break between words regularly occurs, dividing the line into two unequal parts; see metre [Greek 2]...

Ra-Shalom

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A Dictionary of Astronomy (3 ed.)

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2018

...-Shalom Asteroid 2100 , the second-largest of the Aten group , diameter 2.3 km. It was discovered in 1978 by the American astronomer Eleanor Kay Helin, née Francis ( 1932–2009 ). Its name comes from the Egyptian Sun-god Ra, and Shalom, the Hebrew greeting meaning ‘peace’. It is of C type. Ra-Shalom’s orbit has a semimajor axis of 0.83 au, period 0.76 years, perihelion 0.47 au, aphelion 1.20 au, and inclination...

Cythē'ra

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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Literature, Classical studies
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...ra Island off the south coast of Laconia in the Peloponnese. Some Greek myths relate that Aphrodite landed there after being born from the sea-foam, hence she is sometimes called ‘Cytherean’ (but see also Cyprus...

Sun Ra

Sun Ra (b. 22 May 1914)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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Current Version:
2009
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History, Regional and National History
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...Ra ( b. 22 May 1914 ; d. 30 May 1993 ), musician . Herman Poole Blount , later known as Sun Ra, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and was raised by his mother, Ida Blount , a restaurant worker, as well as by his maternal grandmother and his great aunt. His father, Cary Blount, a railroad worker, left his mother when he was young. Herman Blount taught himself to read music, and he was composing songs by the age of twelve. He worked as a musician throughout the 1930s and was exempted from service in World War II as a conscientious objector. During the 1940s...

Amen-Ra

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Ra or Amon-Ra The sun-god and principal of the gods during the ancient Egyptian Empire, a development from Amon (‘the hidden one’), patron of Thebes. He was usually represented as human-headed, with two long ostrich plumes rising above his head, but sometimes appears with a ram’s head. The ram was sacred to him and his oracle was at the oasis of jupiter ammon . The Greeks identified him with zeus...

Neai'ra

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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65 words

...ra Included among Demosthenes' speeches is one (59) delivered by Apollodorus (1), son of Pasion the Athenian banker, against Neaira, the woman who lived as the wife of an Athenian citizen, Stephanos. She is accused of having usurped Athenian citizenship ( see Pericles ) and of pretending that her daughters were citizens. The speech includes a graphic account of Neaira's early career as a hetaira...

Palmȳ'ra

Palmȳ'ra (Arabic: Tadmor)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
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50 words

...ra (Arabic: Tadmor) Ancient oasis-city in eastern Syria, in Roman times exploiting trade between Roman (western) Syria and Parthia. In imperial times it was a semi-independent city between the Roman and Parthian empires, and in the early third century ad supported Rome. For its rise to prominence thereafter see Zenobia...

Phily'ra

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
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63 words

...ra In Greek myth, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, loved by Cronus . When Rhea (his wife) found them both together, Cronus changed himself and Philyra into horses. Philyra's child was the Centaur Chiron ; she was so horrified to see the baby's shape that she prayed to the gods to change her shape also, and she was turned into a lime tree (Gk. philyra...

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