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1. Means or mode of expressing thoughts; language; tongue; form of speech. This book is writ in such a dialect as may the minds of listless men affect. Bunyan. The universal dialect of the world. (South)

2. The form of speech of a limited region or people, as distinguished from ether forms nearly related to it; a variety or subdivision of a language; speech characterised by local peculiarities or specific circumstances; as, the ionic and attic were dialects of Greece; the Yorkshire dialect; the dialect of the learned. In the midst of this Babel of dialects there suddenly appeared a standard english language. (Earle) [Charles V] could address his subjects from every quarter in their native dialect. (Prescott)

Synonym: language, idiom, tongue, speech, phraseology. See language, and idiom.

Origin: f. Dialecte, L. Dialectus, fr. Gr, fr. To converse, discourse. See Dialogue.

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Song Bird Sparrows

White-crowned sparrows in Alaska and Washington State sing different dialects. With the white-crowned and golden-crowned sparrows, we have two closely related birds whose ranges overlap. If the songs of the birds evolved to prevent interspecific matings, what ...

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by Kelly185891
Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Song Bird Sparrows
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Please help...Porcine pancreas

Oh. It is not only considered a mistake in the U.S., it's connected to some of the more, um, disrespected dialects. It could get you looked at funny. Not the aluminum one, though.

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by Darby
Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Please help...Porcine pancreas
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