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Hip Glossary: Ancestor


1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father’s or mother’s side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father.

2. (Biol.) An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Ceremony

Ceremony:1. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Psychedelic


The word psychedelic is a neologism coined from the Greek words for "mind," ψυχή (psyche), and "manifest," δήλος (delos).

A psychedelic experience is characterized by the perception of aspects of one’s mind previously unknown, or… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Serendipity


1)An unsought, unintended, or unexpected discovery, made by accident and sagacity.

2)The discovery of something by accident while investigating something quite different. For example, finding a biological culture “ruined” by mould, and discovering the antibiotic penicillin as a consequence. 3)A… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Autonomy


1. The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.

2. (Metaph.) The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man’s power, as possessed of reason, to give law to… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Biosemiotics


Biosemiotics (bios=life & semion=sign) is a growing field that studies the production, action and interpretation of signs in the physical and biologic realms in an attempt to integrate the findings of scientific biology and semiotics to form a new… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Semiosis


Semiosis is any form of activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, including the production of meaning. The term was introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) to describe a process that interprets signs as referring to their… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Cosmology


Cosmology, from the Greek: κοσμολογία (cosmologia, κόσμος (cosmos) order + λογια (logia) discourse) is the study of the Universe in its totality, and by extension, humanity’s place in it. Though the word cosmology is recent (first used in… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Worship


Worship usually refers to specific acts of religious praise, honour, or devotion, typically directed to a supernatural being such as a god or goddess. It is the informal term in English for what sociologists of religion call cultus,… Continue reading

Hip Glossary: Enigma


E*nig"ma (?), n.; pl. Enigmas (#). [L. aenigma, Gr. , fr. to speak darkly, fr. tale, fable.]

1. A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed.… Continue reading
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