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Greek poet, one of the greatest and most influential writers of all time. Though almost nothing is known of his life, he was probably an Ionian, and tradition holds that he was blind. The ancient Greeks attributed to him the great epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Modern scholars generally agree that he composed (but probably did not literally write) the Iliad, most likely relying on oral traditions, and at least inspired the composition of the Odyssey. The Iliad, set during the Trojan War, tells the story of the wrath of Achilles; the Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus as he travels home from the war. The two epics provided the basis of Greek education and culture in the classical age and formed the backbone of humanistic education down to the Roman empire and the spread of Christianity.
n. 1 a homing pigeon. 2 Baseball a home run.
Liver Liv"er, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E. live, v.] (Anat.) A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates. Note: Most of the venous blood from the alimentary canal passes through it on its way back to the heart; and it secretes the bile, produces glycogen, and in other ways changes the blood which passes through it. In man it is situated immediately beneath the diaphragm and mainly on the right side. See Bile, Digestive, and Glycogen. The liver of invertebrate animals is usually made up of c[ae]cal tubes, and differs materially, in form and function, from that of vertebrates. Floating liver. See Wandering liver, under Wandering. Liver of antimony, Liver of sulphur. (Old Chem.) See Hepar. Liver brown, Liver color, the color of liver, a dark, reddish brown. Liver shark (Zo["o]l.), a very large shark (Cetorhinus maximus), inhabiting the northern coasts both of Europe and North America. It sometimes becomes forty feet in length, being one of the largest sharks known; but it has small simple teeth, and is not dangerous. It is captured for the sake of its liver, which often yields several barrels of oil. It has gill rakers, resembling whalebone, by means of which it separates small animals from the sea water. Called also basking shark, bone shark, hoemother, homer, and sailfish
Hoemother Hoe"moth`er, n. [A local Orkney name; cf. Icel. h[=a]r.] (Zo["o]l.) The basking or liver shark; -- called also homer. See Liver shark, under Liver.
Homer Hom"er, n. (Zo["o]l.) A carrier pigeon remarkable for its ability to return home from a distance.
Homer Ho"mer, n. (Zo["o]l.) See Hoemother.
Homer Ho"mer, n. [Heb. kh[=o]mer.] A Hebrew measure containing, as a liquid measure, ten baths, equivalent to fifty-five gallons, two quarts, one pint; and, as a dry measure, ten ephahs, equivalent to six bushels, two pecks, four quarts. [Written also chomer, gomer.]
heap, the largest of dry measures, containing about 8 bushels or 1 quarter English = 10 ephahs (Lev. 27:16; Num. 11:32) = a COR. (See OMER.)
ho'-mer (chomer): A dry measure containing about 11 bushels. It was equal to 10 ephas.
carrier, carrier pigeon, goal, grand slam, hit, hole, hole in one, home run, homing pigeon, mail car, mail coach, mail packet, mail train, mail truck, mailer, mailplane, packet boat, pigeon post, post boat, post car, post coach, post-horse, post-office car, poster, railway mail car, score, slam, strike, touchdown