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  • Velvet Revolver (American rock group)

    Guns N' Roses: …singer Scott Weiland to form Velvet Revolver. Velvet Revolver’s debut album, Contraband (2004), topped the Billboard charts and received solid marks from both fans and critics. Rose returned to the studio to continue working on the next Guns N’ Roses full-length album, a process that began in 1994 with a…

  • velvet scoter (bird)

    scoter: The white-winged, or velvet, scoter (M. deglandi, or fusca) is nearly circumpolar in distribution north of the Equator, as is the black, or common, scoter (M., or sometimes Oidemia, nigra). The black scoter is the least abundant in the New World. All three species of scoter…

  • velvet sumac (plant)

    sumac: Somewhat taller is the staghorn, or velvet, sumac (R. typhina), up to 9 metres (29.5 feet), named for the dense or velvety covering on new twigs. Its fall foliage is orange-red to purple. It also has a variety with finely cut leaves.

  • velvet swimming crab (crustacean)

    Velvet crab, any of certain species in the swimming crab (q.v.)

  • Velvet Underground and Nico, The (album)

    the Velvet Underground: …released until the following year, The Velvet Underground and Nico was one of rock’s most important debuts, a pioneering work that applied the disruptive aesthetics of avant-garde music and free jazz (drones, distortion, atonal feedback) to rock guitar. It also presented frank examinations of drug use, sadomasochism, and numbing despair.…

  • Velvet Underground, the (American rock group)

    The Velvet Underground, American band of the 1960s whose primal guitar sound and urban-noir lyrics, influenced by avant-garde art and modern literature, inspired the punk and alternative rock movements of the 1970s and ’80s. The principal members were Lou Reed (original name Lewis Allan Reed; b.

  • velvet water bug (insect)

    Velvet water bug, (family Hebridae), any of approximately 120 species of insects in the true bug order, Heteroptera, that are covered with fine, velvetlike hairs. The bodies of these small, plump insects are usually less than 3 mm (0.1 inch) long. Although relatively rare, they can be found in

  • velvet worm (invertebrate phylum)

    Velvet worm, (phylum Onychophora), any of about 70 wormlike species of ancient, terrestrial invertebrates with short, thick legs and a dry, velveteen body. Onychophorans range in size from 14 to 150 mm (about 0.6 to 6 inches) and are found in rainforests. Unable to control water loss, they cannot

  • velvet-leaf philodendron (plant)

    philodendron: Major species: Another variety, the velvet-leaf philodendron (P. hederaceum, variety hederaceum) has small bronzy green velvety leaves with reddish undersides. Of moderate size is the fiddle-leaf, or horsehead, philodendron (P. bipennifolium), with large fiddle-shaped glossy green leaves up to 15–25 cm (6–10 inches) wide and 45 cm (18 inches) long.…

  • velveteen (fabric)

    Velveteen, in textiles, fabric with a short, dense pile surface and a smooth back, usually made of cotton and resembling velvet. It is made by the filling-pile method, in which the plain or twill weave is used as a base and extra fillings are floated over four or five warps. After weaving, the

  • velvetleaf (plant)

    Velvetleaf, (Abutilon theophrasti), annual hairy plant of the mallow family (Malvaceae) native to southern Asia. The plant is cultivated in northern China for its fibre and is widely naturalized in warmer regions of North America, where it is often a serious agricultural weed. It grows 0.6–2.4

  • velvety shore bug (insect)

    Velvety shore bug, any insect of the family Ochteridae (order Heteroptera), which numbers about 25 species. These insects resemble tiny toads, are about 4 or 5 mm (almost 0.2 inch) long, and live among plants near streams and ponds. As indicated by their common name, the body surface is smooth and

  • Velzna (ancient city, Italy)

    Volsinii, ancient Etruscan town on the site of present-day Bolsena (Viterbo province, Italy). At an unidentified neighbouring site was a temple to Voltumna, which was the headquarters of the 12-city Etruscan League and the site of the annual assemblies of the Etruscans. Excavations at Bolsena have

  • Vema (people)

    India: Bahmanī consolidation of the Deccan: The Vemas of Kondavidu, once hostile, now joined the sultan. Fīrūz’s position was so weakened by the defeat that he was forced to abdicate in favour of his brother A?mad, who had the support of most of the army.

  • Vema Fracture Zone (fracture zone, Atlantic Ocean)
  • Vembanad Lake (lake, India)

    Kottayam: Vembanad Lake is a popular recreation locale and is the site of a series of races each August and September between teams rowing long, narrow boats. Pop. (2001) town, 60,728; urban agglom., 172,878; (2011) town, 55,374; urban agglom., 357,302.

  • Vemulavada (historical city, India)

    India: The Deccan: …7th century; the Calukyas of Vemulavada (near Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh); and the renascent later Calukyas of Kalyani (between the Bhima and Godavari rivers), who rose to power in the 10th century. Calukya power reached its zenith during the reign of Pulakeshin II (610–642), a contemporary of Harsha (see above Successor…

  • vena cava (anatomy)

    Vena cava, in air-breathing vertebrates, including humans, either of two major trunks, the anterior and posterior venae cavae, that deliver oxygen-depleted blood to the right side of the heart. The anterior vena cava, also known as the precava, drains the head end of the body, while the posterior

  • vena contracta (physics)

    fluid mechanics: Bernoulli’s law: …cross section known as the vena contracta. They do so because the streamlines are converging on the hole inside the vessel and are obliged to continue converging for a short while outside. It was Torricelli who first suggested that, if the pressure excess inside the vessel is generated by a…

  • vena recta (anatomy)

    renal system: Veins and venules: …pyramids passes into vessels, called venae rectae, which join the arcuate veins. In the renal sinus the lobar veins unite to form veins corresponding to the main divisions of the renal arteries, and they normally fuse to constitute a single renal vein in or near the renal hilus.

  • Venables, Robert (British general)

    Jamaica: Planters, buccaneers, and slaves: …Sir William Penn and General Robert Venables captured Jamaica and began expelling the Spanish, a task that was accomplished within five years. However, many of the Spaniards’ escaped slaves had formed communities in the highlands, and increasing numbers also escaped from British plantations. The former slaves were called Maroons, a…

  • Venables, Stephen (British mountain climber)

    Mount Everest: The end of an era: British climber Stephen Venables was the only member of this expedition to reach the summit, on May 12, 1988. After a harrowing descent, during which Venables was forced to bivouac overnight without a tent, all four members of the team made it back to the Base Camp.

  • Venā? (historical state, India)

    Travancore, former princely state in southwestern India, now part of Kerala state. Travancore was in the kingdom of Kerala, or Chera, in the early centuries ce and traded with distant parts of the world. In the 11th century the region fell under the Chola empire. The Hindu kings of the Vijayanagar

  • Venaissin (former province, France)

    Comtat-Venaissin, former province of France and papal enclave, bounded on the north and northeast by Dauphiné, on the south by the Durance River, on the east by Provence, and on the west by the Rh?ne River. It comprises the present département of Vaucluse. Its capital was Carpentras.

  • venality (government)

    France: The growth of a professional bureaucracy: Venality, or the sale of offices, was not novel in early 16th-century France; traces of the practice can be found in the 13th century. But it was Francis I who opened the floodgates. The number of judges proliferated. In the Parlement of Paris alone, the…

  • Venango (county, Pennsylvania, United States)

    Venango, county, northwestern Pennsylvania, U.S., consisting of a hilly region on the Allegheny Plateau that is located midway between the cities of Erie and Pittsburgh and is bisected by the Allegheny River. Venango county was formed in 1800; its name was derived from an Iroquoian Indian word

  • Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (French poet and bishop)

    Venantius Fortunatus, poet and bishop of Poitiers, whose Latin poems and hymns combine echoes of classical Latin poets with a medieval tone, making him an important transitional figure between the ancient and medieval periods. Probably in fulfillment of a vow to St. Martin of Tours, Fortunatus

  • venation (biology)

    insect: Wings and flight: …their specific modifications (known as venation) are important in classification and in estimations of the degree of relationship between groups. The basic consistency of venation suggests that wings have been evolved only once among the insects; that is, all the Pterygota arose from a single stem in the family tree.…

  • venationes (Roman spectacle)

    Venationes, (Latin: “animal hunts”), in ancient Rome, type of public spectacle that featured animal hunts. Contests between beasts or between men and beasts were staged in an amphitheatre, usually in connection with gladiator shows. The men used in these exhibitions were either captives, condemned

  • Venator Group, Inc. (American company)

    Woolworth Co., former American chain of general-merchandise retail stores based on the concept of the five-and-ten (i.e., a store that sells all items in stock for 10 cents or less). Woolworth evolved into a multinational corporation with a large collection of specialty retail stores on four

  • Vencel (king of Bohemia and Hungary)

    Wenceslas III, last king of the P?emyslid dynasty of Bohemia, king of Hungary from 1301 to 1304, and claimant to the Polish throne; his brief reign in Bohemia was cut short by his assassination, which also prevented him from asserting his right to Poland. Wenceslas renounced his hereditary rights

  • Venceremos (song)

    Víctor Jara: Jara’s song “Venceremos” (“We Will Overcome”) was the theme song of Allende’s political party (the leftist Popular Unity) during his successful presidential campaign and became a leftist anthem throughout Chile. Jara’s fame soon transcended Chile, and his work was promoted by renowned American folk singers such as…

  • Venda (former republic, Africa)

    Venda, former republic (though never internationally recognized as such) and Bantustan in Southern Africa. It consisted of an enclave within the Transvaal, Republic of South Africa, just south of Zimbabwe. Its capital, formerly at Sibasa, was moved to Thohoyandou when Venda was declared independent

  • Venda (people)

    Venda, a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting the region of the Republic of South Africa known from 1979 to 1994 as the Republic of Venda. The area is now part of Limpopo province, and is situated in the extreme northeastern corner of South Africa, bordering on southern Zimbabwe. The Venda have been

  • Vendée (department, France)

    Pays de la Loire: Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique. Pays de la Loire is bounded by the régions of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the northwest, Normandy to the north, Centre to the east, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the south. The Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The capital is…

  • Vendée, Wars of the (French history)

    Wars of the Vendée, (1793–96), counterrevolutionary insurrections in the west of France during the French Revolution. The first and most important occurred in 1793 in the area known as the Vendée, which included large sections of the départements of Loire-Inférieure (Loire-Atlantique),

  • Vendémiaire (French Republican calendar)

    Vendémiaire, First month in the French republican calendar. It also was the name given to the event of 13 Vendémiaire of the year IV (Oct. 5, 1795), when Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte led the French Revolutionary troops that stopped an insurrection of Parisians as they marched against the

  • vendetta (private war)

    Feud, a continuing state of conflict between two groups within a society (typically kinship groups) characterized by violence, usually killings and counterkillings. It exists in many nonliterate communities in which there is an absence of law or a breakdown of legal procedures and in which attempts

  • Vendetta (American film [1950])

    Preston Sturges: Films of the mid-1940s to mid-1950s: They had also clashed over Vendetta (1950), which Sturges had scripted with Hughes’s then love interest, actress Faith Domergue, in mind as the lead. French director Max Ophüls began directing the project before Hughes demanded his firing. Sturges took over but quit, and the film was eventually completed by several…

  • Vendian Period (geochronology)

    Ediacaran Period, uppermost division of the Proterozoic Eon of Precambrian time and latest of the three periods of the Neoproterozoic Era, extending from approximately 635 million to 541 million years ago. The Ediacaran followed the Cryogenian Period (approximately 720 million to approximately 635

  • Vendidad (Zoroastrian text)

    magus: …sections of the Vidēvdāt (Vendidad), probably derive from them. From the 1st century ad onward the word in its Syriac form (magusai) was applied to magicians and soothsayers, chiefly from Babylonia, with a reputation for the most varied forms of wisdom. As long as the Persian empire lasted there…

  • Vendimia Riojana (Spanish festival)

    La Rioja: The Vendimia Riojana is held during the third week of September in the city of Logro?o to celebrate the grape harvest; festivities include a parade of carts and bullfights.

  • vending machine

    Vending machine, coin-actuated machine through which various goods may be retailed. Vending machines should not be confused with coin-operated amusement games or music machines. The first known commercial use of vending machines came early in the 18th century in England, where coin-actuated

  • Vend?me (France)

    Vend?me, historical town and capital of Loir-et-Cher département, Centre région, north-central France. It lies southwest of Paris and 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Blois. Vend?me stands on the Loir River, which divides and intersects the town. To the south stands a hill on which are ruins of the

  • Vend?me, César, duc de (French leader)

    César, duke de Vend?me, leader in several aristocratic revolts during the reign of King Louis XIII of France (ruled 1610–43). The elder son of King Henry IV by his mistress, Gabrielle d’Estrées, Vend?me was legitimized in 1595 and created Duke de Vend?me in 1598. In 1609 he married Fran?oise,

  • Vend?me, Louis Joseph, Duke of (French general)

    Louis Joseph, duke of Vend?me, one of King Louis XIV’s leading generals during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14). Vend?me was the son of Louis de Vend?me, duc de Mercoeur, by his marriage to Jules Cardinal Mazarin’s niece, Laure Mancini. Vend?me entered the French Army in 1672 and had

  • Vend?me, Mathieu de (French abbot and regent)

    Philip III: Mathieu de Vend?me, abbot of Saint-Denis, whom Louis IX had left as regent in France, remained in control of the government. The death in 1271 of Alphonse of Poitiers and his wife, heiress of Toulouse, enabled Philip early in his reign to annex their vast…

  • Vend?me, Place (square, Paris, France)

    Paris: The Rue de Rivoli and Right Bank environs: …rue de Rivoli to the Place Vend?me, an elegant octagonal place, little changed from the 1698 designs of Jules Hardouin-Mansart. In the centre, the Vend?me Column bears a statue of Napoleon I. It was pulled down during the Commune of 1871 and put back up under the Third Republic (1871–1940).…

  • Vendramin Family, The (painting by Titian)

    Titian: Portraits: …Farnese group and upon another, The Vendramin Family. Here the situation is quite different, for the two heads of the clan kneel in adoration of a reliquary of the Holy Cross, accompanied by seven sons ranging in age from about 8 to 20. This portrait group is a tour de…

  • Vendredi; ou, les limbes du Pacifique (novel by Tournier)

    Michel Tournier: …les limbes du Pacifique (1967; Friday; or, the Other Island), is a revisionist Robinson Crusoe, with Crusoe as a colonialist who fails to coerce Friday into accepting his version of the world. The obsessive organizer who feels compelled to order life into a predictable pattern is a common motif in…

  • Vendsyssel-Thy (island, Denmark)

    Vendsyssel-Thy, island at the north end of Jutland, Denmark, known as Vendsyssel in the east and Thy in the west. The Limfjorden separates it from the mainland, to which it was attached until 1825, when water erosion cut a channel through the narrow isthmus at Thybor?n. Several bridges, ferries,

  • veneer (furniture industry)

    Veneer, extremely thin sheet of rich-coloured wood (such as mahogany, ebony, or rosewood) or precious materials (such as ivory or tortoiseshell) cut in decorative patterns and applied to the surface area of a piece of furniture. It is to be distinguished from two allied processes: inlay, in which

  • Venel, Jean André (Swiss physician)

    orthopedics: …in the ensuing decades by Jean André Venel, who established an institute in Switzerland for the treatment of crippled children’s skeletal deformities. A vastly increased knowledge of muscular functions and of the growth and development of bone was gained in the 19th century. Significant advances at this time were the…

  • Venera (Soviet space probes)

    Venera, any of a series of unmanned Soviet planetary probes that were sent to Venus. Radio contact was lost with the first probe, Venera 1 (launched Feb. 12, 1961), before it flew by Venus. Venera 2 (launched Nov. 12, 1965) ceased operation before it flew to within 24,000 km (15,000 miles) of Venus

  • venerabilis (title)

    Venerable, title or respectful form of address, used from very early times in Europe, especially for certain clergy or for laymen of marked spiritual merit. St. Augustine in some epistles cited the term in reference to bishops, and Philip I of France was styled venerabilis and venerandus (

  • Venerabilis Inceptor (English philosopher)

    William of Ockham, Franciscan philosopher, theologian, and political writer, a late scholastic thinker regarded as the founder of a form of nominalism—the school of thought that denies that universal concepts such as “father” have any reality apart from the individual things signified by the

  • venerable (title)

    Venerable, title or respectful form of address, used from very early times in Europe, especially for certain clergy or for laymen of marked spiritual merit. St. Augustine in some epistles cited the term in reference to bishops, and Philip I of France was styled venerabilis and venerandus (

  • Venerable Bede, the (Anglo-Saxon historian)

    St. Bede the Venerable, ; canonized 1899; feast day May 25), Anglo-Saxon theologian, historian, and chronologist. St. Bede is best known for his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (“Ecclesiastical History of the English People”), a source vital to the history of the conversion to Christianity

  • veneration (religion)

    worship: Variations or distinctions within the act of worship: …be shown lesser forms of veneration because of their special relationship to the divine.

  • veneration of ancestors

    African religions: Ritual and religious specialists: Ancestors also serve as mediators by providing access to spiritual guidance and power. Death is not a sufficient condition for becoming an ancestor. Only those who lived a full measure of life, cultivated moral values, and achieved social distinction attain this status. Ancestors are thought…

  • veneration of the saints (religion)

    church year: Saints’ days and other holy days: …to Christ, since they are commemorated for the virtues in life and death that derive from his grace and holiness. Originally each local church had its own calendar. Standardization came with the fixation of the rites of the great patriarchal sees, which began in the 4th century and was completed…

  • venereal disease (pathology)

    Sexually transmitted disease (STD), any disease (such as syphilis, gonorrhea, AIDS, or a genital form of herpes simplex) that is usually or often transmitted from person to person by direct sexual contact. It may also be transmitted from a mother to her child before or at birth or, less frequently,

  • Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test (medicine)

    syphilis test: …reagin (RPR) test and the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test, both of which are based on the detection in the blood of syphilis reagin (a type of serum antibody). Treponemal tests include the Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay (TPHA; or T. pallidum particle agglutination assay, TPPA); the enzyme immunoassay (EIA);…

  • venereal wart (pathology)

    wart: Genital warts, or condylomata acuminata, are wartlike growths in the pubic area that are accompanied by itching and discharge.

  • Venericardia (fossil mollusk genus)

    Venericardia, genus of pelecypods (clams) abundant during the Eocene Epoch (the Eocene Epoch began 57.8 million years ago and ended 36.6 million years ago). The shell, composed of two halves (valves), is distinctive in form and generally large. Transverse ribs radiate from the apex of the valves

  • Veneridae (bivalve)

    clam: …belong to the family of venus clams (Veneridae). M. mercenaria is about 7.5 to 12.5 cm (3 to 5 inches) long. The dingy white shell, which is thick and rounded and has prominent concentric lines, is found in the intertidal zone from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Gulf…

  • Veneroida (bivalve order)

    bivalve: Annotated classification: Order Veneroida Shell typically equivalve and of outer crossed-lamellar and inner complex crossed-lamellar layers; hinge comprises radiating cardinal and lateral teeth, often weakly developed; adductor muscles of varying proportions according to habit; ctenidia eulamellibranch, mantle margins extensively fused, often developed into long siphons; most are active…

  • venesection (medical procedure)

    leeching: …incorporated into the practice of bloodletting. Enormous quantities of leeches were used for bleeding—as many as 5 to 6 million being used annually to draw more than 300,000 litres of blood in Parisian hospitals alone. In some cases patients lost as much as 80 percent of their blood in a…

  • Veneta, Laguna (lagoon, Italy)

    Venice: Site: …an archipelago in the crescent-shaped Laguna Veneta (Venice Lagoon), which stretches some 32 miles (51 km) from the reclaimed marshes of Jesolo in the north to the drained lands beyond Chioggia at the southern end. The shallow waters of the lagoon are protected by a line of sandbanks, or lidi,…

  • Venetan (language)

    Venetan, group of dialects of Italian spoken in northeastern Italy. It includes the dialects spoken in Venice (Venetian), Verona (Veronese), Treviso (Trevisan), and Padua

  • Veneti (Italian people)

    Veneti, ancient people of northeastern Italy, who arrived about 1000 bc and occupied country stretching south to the Po and west to the neighbourhood of Verona. They left more than 400 inscriptions from the last four centuries bc, some in the Latin alphabet, others in a native script (see Venetic

  • Veneti (Celtic people)

    Veneti, ancient Celtic people who lived in what is now the Morbihan district of modern Brittany. By the time of Julius Caesar they controlled all Atlantic trade to Britain. They submitted to Caesar in 57 bc; but the next winter, disturbed by his interest in Britain, they seized some Roman

  • Venetia (historical region, Europe)

    Venetia, territory of northeastern Italy and western Slovenia between the Alps and the Po River and opening on the Adriatic Sea. Italians often use the name Veneto for the region around Venice proper (Venezia) and the name Venezia Giulia for the country to the east. Historically Venetia was the m

  • Venetia Tridentina (region, Italy)

    Trentino–Alto Adige/Südtirol, autonomous regione (region), northern Italy, comprising the province (provinces) of Bolzano-Bozen (north) and Trento (south). Historically, the region includes the area of the medieval ecclesiastical principalities of Trento (Trent) and Bressanone (Brixen), which were

  • Venetiaan, Ronald (president of Suriname)

    Suriname: Suriname since independence: …the National Assembly and elected Ronald Venetiaan president. The new government quickly passed an act that officially deprived the military of all political power and in 1992 signed an agreement with the JC and the Tucayana regarding the repatriation of Maroons from French Guiana. Venetiaan sought to rein in both…

  • Venetian Epigrams (work by Goethe)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Return to Weimar and the French Revolution (1788–94): …as the Venetianische Epigramme (Venetian Epigrams).

  • Venetian fashion (glass)

    Fa?on de Venise, (French: “Venetian fashion”), style of glass made in the 16th and 17th centuries at places other than Venice itself but using the techniques that had been perfected there. It may be outwardly so similar as to be difficult to distinguish from Venetian glass (q.v.) proper. The

  • Venetian Games (work by Lutos?awski)

    Witold Lutos?awski: …in combination with conventional effects: Venetian Games, written for the Venice Festival of 1961. In this work Lutos?awski used unconventional visual notation to guide the performer in the various improvisatory operations.

  • Venetian glass (decorative arts)

    Venetian glass, variety of glasswares made in Venice from the 13th century, at the latest, to the present. Although a glassblowers’ guild existed in Venice from 1224, the earliest extant specimens that can be dated with certainty are from the mid-15th century. The early history of Venetian glass

  • Venetian needle lace (lace)

    Venetian needle lace, Venetian lace made with a needle from the 16th to the 19th century. Early examples were deep, acute-angled points, each worked separately and linked together by a narrow band, or “footing,” stitched with buttonholing. These points were used in ruffs and collars in the 16th

  • Venetian Republic (Italian history)

    Alonso de la Cueva, marqués de Bedmar: …Spain as ambassador to the Venetian Republic (1607), he was made marqués de Bedmar in 1614. He used his diplomatic privileges to promote the plans of the Spanish viceroys of Naples and Milan and to increase Spanish power in Italy. Resolutely opposed to Bedmar’s activities, Venice fabricated an alleged conspiracy…

  • Venetian school (art)

    Venetian school, Renaissance art and artists, especially painters, of the city of Venice. Like rivals Florence and Rome, Venice enjoyed periods of importance and influence in the continuum of western European art, but in each period the outstanding Venetian characteristic has remained constant, a

  • Venetian sumac (dye)

    fustic: The dye termed young fustic (zante fustic, or Venetian sumac) is derived from the wood of the smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria, or Rhus cotinus), a southern European and Asian shrub of the cashew family, Anacardiaceae. Both old and new fustic have been displaced from commercial importance by synthetic…

  • Venetian window (architecture)

    Palladian window, in architecture, three-part window composed of a large, arched central section flanked by two narrower, shorter sections having square tops. This type of window, popular in 17th- and 18th-century English versions of Italian designs, was inspired by the so-called Palladian motif,

  • Venetian-Turkish wars (15th century)

    Italy: Venice: …the course of the first Turkish war (1463–79), Turkish cavalry raided Dalmatia and Friuli; Venice lost the strategically important island of Negroponte (Euboea, or évvoia) and agreed to pay tribute to the sultan. Meanwhile, Venice’s expansion on the mainland troubled the republic’s fellow Italian states, which feared that it might,…

  • Venetianische Epigramme (work by Goethe)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Return to Weimar and the French Revolution (1788–94): …as the Venetianische Epigramme (Venetian Epigrams).

  • Venetic language

    Venetic language, a language spoken in northeastern Italy before the Christian era. Known to modern scholars from some 200 short inscriptions dating from the 5th through the 1st century bc, it is written either in Latin characters or in a native alphabet derived from Etruscan, the Etruscans having

  • Veneto (region, Italy)

    Veneto, regione, northern and northeastern Italy, comprising the provincie of Venezia, Padova, Rovigo, Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, and Belluno. It is bounded by Trentino–Alto Adige (north), Emilia-Romagna (south), Lombardia (Lombardy; west), Austria (northeast), and Friuli–Venezia Giulia and the

  • Venette, Jean de (French chronicler)

    Jean de Venette, French chronicler who left a valuable eyewitness report of events of the central France of his time. Of peasant origin, Jean joined the Carmelite order and was elected prior of the Carmelite convent at Paris in 1339. In 1342 he was appointed provincial of France for the Carmelite

  • Venezia (historical region, Europe)

    Venetia, territory of northeastern Italy and western Slovenia between the Alps and the Po River and opening on the Adriatic Sea. Italians often use the name Veneto for the region around Venice proper (Venezia) and the name Venezia Giulia for the country to the east. Historically Venetia was the m

  • Venezia (Italy)

    Venice, city, major seaport, and capital of both the provincia (province) of Venezia and the regione (region) of Veneto, northern Italy. An island city, it was once the centre of a maritime republic. It was the greatest seaport in late medieval Europe and the continent’s commercial and cultural

  • Venezia Euganea (region, Italy)

    Veneto, regione, northern and northeastern Italy, comprising the provincie of Venezia, Padova, Rovigo, Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, and Belluno. It is bounded by Trentino–Alto Adige (north), Emilia-Romagna (south), Lombardia (Lombardy; west), Austria (northeast), and Friuli–Venezia Giulia and the

  • Venezia Giulia (region, Italy)

    Friuli–Venezia Giulia, regione (region) of northeastern Italy, bordering Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, the Adriatic Sea to the south, and the Veneto region to the west. It has an area of 3,030 square miles (7,847 square km), comprising the province (provinces) of Udine, Pordenone,

  • Venezia, Golfo di (gulf, Europe)

    Gulf of Venice, northern section of the Adriatic Sea (an arm of the Mediterranean Sea), extending eastward for 60 miles (95 km) from the Po River delta, Italy, to the coast of Istria, in Slovenia and Croatia. It receives the Po, Adige, Piave, and Tagliamento rivers. Marshes, lagoons, and sandspits

  • Venezia, Museo di Palazzo (museum, Rome, Italy)

    Museum of the Venice Palace, in Rome, museum occupying part of the papal apartment of the first great Renaissance palace of Rome. Dating from the middle of the 15th century, the Palazzo Venezia was built for Cardinal Pietro Barbo, later Pope Paul II. Displayed are fine medieval and Renaissance

  • Venezia, Palazzo (palace, Rome, Italy)

    Rome: Churches and palaces: …a new papal residence, the Palazzo Venezia (“Venetian Palace”), near the church. Thereafter, the basilica’s priest was always a Venetian cardinal, sharing the palace with the Venetian embassy. Mussolini had his headquarters in the Palazzo Venezia and harangued the crowds from the balcony from which Paul II had cheered the…

  • Veneziano, Domenico (Italian painter)

    Domenico Veneziano, early Italian Renaissance painter, one of the protagonists of the 15th-century Florentine school of painting. Little is known about Domenico Veneziano’s early life and training. He was in Perugia (central Italy) in 1438, and from there he wrote a letter to Piero de’ Medici

  • Veneziano, Gabriele (Italian scientist)

    string theory: Relativity and quantum mechanics: Gabriele Veneziano, a young theorist working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), contributed a key breakthrough in 1968 with his realization that a 200-year-old formula, the Euler beta function, was capable of explaining much of the data on the strong force then being…

  • Veneziano, Paolo (Italian artist)

    Paolo Veneziano, a principal Venetian painter of the Byzantine style in 14th-century Venice. Paolo and his son Giovanni signed The Coronation of the Virgin in 1358; it is the last known work by him. Another The Coronation of the Virgin, which is dated 1324, is also attributed to Paolo. Other known

  • venezolano (Venezuelan currency)

    bolívar fuerte: …escudo, the peso, and the venezolano.

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