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chico

chico  n.— «Soon his favorite bird, a blue-checkered cock, appeared on the horizon, its wings pumping. Mr. Fasano reached into a crate at his feet to grab a chico, a bright white, non-racing bird that fliers use like a flare to attract the...

panelizing

panelizing  n.— «Volunteers gave up an entire weekend last April for the “blitz build.” The frame of the house, which was built last winter inside a large warehouse, was moved to the site for this event. Volunteers then put the walls and...

tumblehome

tumblehome  n.— «The Tercel’s severe “tumblehome”—the deep curvature of the roof merging into the sides of the car—brings the corners of the cabin threateningly close to your ears.» —“Toyota Tercel goes aero for the...

balloon-frame

balloon-frame  n.— «These dwellings are called balloon frames because of the light feel and voluminous space created by the vertical studs that run from the ground to the roof line. A balloon-frame house is one in which the exterior timber...

warm shell

warm shell  n.— «Although there are no strict definitions, “cold shells” are generally facilities where tenants may have to install bathrooms, elevators and air conditioning. But that’s not as bad as an “arctic...

tropical shell

tropical shell  n.— «Although there are no strict definitions, “cold shells” are generally facilities where tenants may have to install bathrooms, elevators and air conditioning. But that’s not as bad as an “arctic...