A Manual of the Elements of Natural History

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W. Simpkin & R. Marshall, 1825 - 415 pages
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Page 80 - Because of the receptacles of air already mentioned, but particularly by the disposition of the larynx, which in birds is not, as in mammifera and amphibia, placed wholly at the upper end of the wind-pipe ; but, as it were, separated into two parts, one placed at each extremity. Parrots, ravens, starlings, bullfinches, &c., have been taught to imitate the human voice, and to speak some words : singing birds, also, in captivity, readily adopt the song of others, learn tunes, and can even be made to...
Page 136 - There is no truth in the assertion that its urine is poisonous. On the other hand, it is indisputable that living toads have been found in sawing through blocks of stone, trees, &c. Tree Frog (Rano arbor ea).
Page xiv - PARRY'S CAMBRIAN PLUTARCH, comprising Memoirs of some of the most eminent Welshmen, from the earliest times to the present, 8vo (pub. at 10.
Page 176 - ... incalculable. Some destroy numerous kinds of weeds in the bud, or extirpate them when full grown. Another extremely useful object is effected by many insects which feed on carrion, live in dung, &c., and by that means destroy, disperse and change noxious animal substances ; on the one hand, obviating the infection of the air, and on the other, promoting the fertilization of the earth. It is in this way, for instance, that flies are so serviceable in warm climates. So again, there are innumerable...
Page 226 - A. fusca, subtus iitra, pedibus subtus atro fasciatis. (Ablnld. Nat. Hist. Gegenst. Tab. 38.) In Apulia. The fable of its supposed inevitable consequences, and of the cure by music, may be explained, by supposing that travellers of easy faith have been deceived partly by the representations of hypochondriacal and hysterical patients, but more commonly by the artifices of beggars. This much is certain, that this Spider, which lives in little holes and fields, may inconvenience the reapers by its bite...
Page 265 - Natural History of many curious and uncommon Zoophytes ; systematically arranged and described by Solander, 4to.
Page 175 - Larva, whilst in the state in which they escape from the egg. They are mostly very small on their first appearance, so that a full grown Caterpillar of the Willow- Moth for instance, is 72,00O times heavier than when it issues from the egg.
Page 112 - Why are turtle-doves emblematic of faithfulness in love ? Because of their adoption by the poets ; — " as to its highly prized fidelity and chastity, setting aside idle fables, it presents nothing superior to other birds which lead the same mode of life.
Page 108 - It has its name from the art with which it makes its nest, sewing some dry leaves to a green one at the extremity of a twig, and thus forming a hollow cone, which it afterwards lines with feathers.
Page 33 - Edition. differences in the form and colour of the human body are not more remarkable nor more inconceivable than those by which varieties of so many other organized bodies, and particularly of domestic animals, arise, as it were, under our eyes. All these differences too, run so insensibly...

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