Ad"am (#), n.


The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race.

2. As a symbol

"Original sin;" human frailty.

And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak.

Adam's ale, water. [Coll.] -- Adam's apple.

1. Bot. (a) A species of banana (Musa paradisiaca). It attains a height of twenty feet or more. Paxton]. (b) A species of lime (Citris limetta).

2. The projection formed by the thyroid cartilage in the neck. It is particularly prominent in males, and is so called from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit (an apple) sticking in the throat of our first parent. -- Adam's flannel Bot., the mullein (Verbascum thapsus). -- Adam's needle Bot., the popular name of a genus (Yucca) of liliaceous plants.


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