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To lament; to bewail; to complain. We with piteous heart unto you pleyne. (Chaucer)

Origin: OE. Playne, pleyne, fr. F. Plaindre. See Plaint.

1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See plane. The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. (isa. Xl. 4)

2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair. Our troops beat an army in plain fight. (Felton)

3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. 'T is a plain case.

4. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. Plain yet pious Christians. . The plain people. .

free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. An honest mind, and plain.

Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.

Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.

Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.

Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune. Plain battle, open battle; pitched battle. Plain chant, molding of which the surfaces are plain figures. Plain sewing, sewing of seams by simple and common stitches, in distinct from fancy work, embroidery, etc.; distinguished also from designing and fitting garments. Plain song. The gregorian chant, or canto fermo; the prescribed melody of the roman Catholic service, sung in unison, in tones of [[equ 786 al]] length, and rarely extending beyond the compass of an octave. A simple melody. Plain speaking, plainness or bluntness of speech.

Synonym: Level, flat, smooth, open, artless, unaffected, undisguised, frank, sincere, honest, candid, ingenuous, unembellished, downright, blunt, clear, simple, distinct, manifest, obvious, apparent. See Manifest.

Origin: F, level, flat, fr. L. Planus, perhaps akin to E. Floor. Cf. Llano, Piano, Plan, Plane level, a level surface.

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Skin color isn't driven by temperature but by sun exposure. That's why North American Plains natives are darker than South American Rain Forest natives...

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... or otherwise unfit individuals into each species? Just because he wants them to be eaten? He makes fit individuals that can proudly graze the plains and avoid all predators and then he makes bad-legged, corss-eyed ones that are there just to be eaten by fit and handsome predators. And again, ...

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Requesting help in design of Non-Human race.

... the biomechanics I have developed and would like to see if what I have designed is feasible. In the case of this creature, it went from a herding plains based creature (can't remember the exact term) then to escape an ice age his breed went under ground, taking to caves for shelter and eventually ...

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... unchanged. hydrogen bonds are weak associations between polar molecules such as water density increases with increasing temperatures. abyssal plains are found on the deep ocean floor at depths of up to 5000 meter. most major animal phyla evolved some 500 million years ago the southern hemisphere ...

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by aldy147
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:15 am
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Writer in need of help.

Cool. Well I based this species off of the, in the beginning, glyptodont. The prehistoric mammilian tank. From what I can tell they were plains animals. What I did then was go a large number took to sheltering in caves to surive an ice age, I never refer to wether or not it was earth they ...

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