Avian And Attributes – Light
“The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:7-12 KJV)
Avian and Attributes – Light
LIGHT, n. lite. [L. lux, light and luceo, to shine. Eng. luck, both in elements and radical sense.]
1. That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible. It is now generally believed that light is a fluid, or real matter, existing independent of other substances, with properties peculiar to itself. Its velocity is astonishing, as it passes through a space of nearly twelve millions of miles in a minute. Light, when decomposed, is found to consist of rays differently colored; as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The sun is the principal source of light in the solar system; but light is also emitted from bodies ignited, or in combustion, and is reflected from enlightened bodies, as the moon. Light is also emitted from certain putrefying substances. It is usually united with heat, but it exists also independent of it.
2. That flood of luminous rays which flows from the sun and constitutes day. – God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. Gen 1.
3. Day; the dawn of day.
5. Any thing that gives light; as a lamp, candle, taper, lighted tower, star, &c.
I have set thee to be a light to the Gentiles. Acts 13.
And God made two great lights. Gen 1.
7. Illumination of mind; instruction; knowledge.
Light, understanding and wisdom – was found in him. Dan 5.
8. Means of knowing.
11. Explanation; illustration; means of understanding. One part of Scripture throws light on another.
12. Point of view; situation to be seen or viewed; a use of the word taken from painting. It is useful to exhibit a subject in a variety of lights. Let every thought be presented in a strong light. In whatever light we view this event, it must be considered an evil.
15. In Scripture, God, the source of knowledge.
God is light. 1 John 1.
That was the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1.
17. Joy; comfort; felicity. – Light is sown for the righteous. Psa 97.
18. Saving knowledge. – It is because there is no light in them. Isa 8.
19. Prosperity; happiness. – Then shall thy light break forth as the morning. Isa 58.
20. Support; comfort; deliverance. Micah 7.
21. The gospel. Mat 4.
22. The understanding or judgment. Mat 6.
23. The gifts and graces of christians. Mat 5.
24. A moral instructor, as John the Baptist. John 5.
25. A true christian, a person enlightened. Eph 5.
26. A good king, the guide of his people. Sam. 21.
The light of the countenance, favor; smiles. Psa 4.
To come to light, to be detected; to be discovered or found.
LIGHT, a. lite.
1. Having little weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy. A feather is light, compared with lead or silver; but a thing is light only comparatively. That which is light to a man, may be heavy to a child. A light burden for a camel, may be insupportable to a horse.
LIGHT, v.t. lite.
1. To kindle; to inflame; to set fire to; as, to light a candle or lamp; sometimes with up; as, to light up an inextinguishable flame. We often hear lit used for lighted as, he lit a candle; but this is inelegant.
2. To give light to.
LIGHT, v.i. lite.
1. To fall on; to come to by chance; to happen to find; with on. [Edited]
The Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) also known as the grey-mantled albatross or the light-mantled sooty albatross, is a small albatross in the genus Phoebetria, which it shares with the sooty albatross. The light-mantled albatross was first described as Phoebetria palpebrata by Johann Reinhold Forster, in 1785, based on a specimen from south of the Cape of Good Hope.
Light-mantled albatrosses share some identifying features with other Procellariiformes. They have nasal tubes on the upper bill called naricorns, though with albatrosses these are on the sides of the upper mandible rather than the top. They also have a salt gland above the nasal passage which excretes a concentrated saline solution to maintain osmotic balance, due to the amount of seawater imbibed. The bills of the Procellariiformes are unique in that they are covered with from seven to nine horny plates. These birds produce a stomach oil made up of wax esters and triglycerides that is stored in the proventriculus. This can be sprayed out of their mouths as a defence against predators as well as an energy rich food source for chicks and for the adults during their long flights.
The light-mantled albatross is largely sooty-brown or blackish, darker on the head, with paler upperparts from the nape to the upper tail-coverts which are grey to light grey, the palest on the mantle and back. The plumage has been described as being similar in appearance to the colouring of a Siamese cat. The eyes are partly encircled with thin post-orbital crescents of very short grey feathers. The bill is black with a blue sulcus and a greyish-yellow line along the lower mandible, and is about 105 mm (4.1 in). Measurements show that males and females are similar in size, with average length of 79 to 89 cm (31–35 in), wing-span of 183 to 218 cm (72–86 in), and weight of 2.5 to 3.7 kg (5.5–8.2 lb).
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]