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  • PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
    PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call for express the need or desire for; ask for "She requested an extra bed in her room","She called for room service"
    • v call for request the participation or presence of "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference"
    • v call for gather or collect "You can get the results on Monday","She picked up the children at the day care center","They pick up our trash twice a week"
    • v call for require as useful, just, or proper "It takes nerve to do what she did","success usually requires hard work","This job asks a lot of patience and skill","This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice","This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert","This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An Estee Lauder perfume called "Country Mist" had disappointing sales in Germany where the word "Mist" was slang for manure
    • Call for to ask loudly: claim
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  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “There is a remedy for everything; it is called death.”
  • Bible
    “Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
  • Mark Twain
    “He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that.”
  • John Selden
    “Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Learn to follow counsel, serve faithfully, and magnify your calling, for God's kingdom is a kingdom of order.”
  • Tristan Tzara
    Tristan Tzara
    “The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceallian; Ice. kalla, Dut. kallen.


In literature:

He could only gaze at dishes he may not eat, and dare not call for.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Late in the afternoon of a dismal day, Benda called for Daniel just as he was finishing one of his piano lessons.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Not long were the witches in coming, and they raged and called for vengeance.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
A. U. call for its being not over two feet in height, with an opening not over thirty-six inches in circumference.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Pontius now called for the Roman fecialis, whose duty it was to conclude all treaties and take all oaths for the Roman people.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Life was a fight from start to finish, calling for new and yet newer courage.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
An aerial navigator had come to grief and was calling for assistance.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
In order to show that the pack will fit anyone, the Major called for the tallest man in the regiment.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
On the morning of the wedding the bridegroom is called for in the hansom or cab which has been ordered for himself and the best man.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
It is authorized by the law of nations if justice has been solemnly called for and denied.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

See! what a host has now
Quick rallied to the call;
And who, like thee, demands
Full liberty for all!
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Lead gently, Lord, and slow,
For fear that I may fall;
I know not where to go
Unless I hear thy call.
"A Hymn" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The world its Ramadan will end,
The lover's Id,
The feast of love, O call him, friend!
For love is Id.
"Song of the Restless Stream" by Habba Khatoon
Weary drop the hands of Prayer
Calling out for peace;
Love always and everywhere
Sings and does not cease.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
That was a day to cherish
When Rhett and a gallant few
Summoned the best among us;
Called for a daring crew.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
'T is Margaret I call sweet names:
Helen is too, too dear
For me to stammer little words
Of love into her ear.
"Love's Fashion" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has drawn criticism for calling for special elections two months ahead of scheduled elections in November.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Against a stiff wind of opposition from several fronts, Gov John Kasich on Friday renewed his call for steeper oil and gas drilling taxes to pay for an income tax cut for Ohioans.
Mercy For Animals Canada has scheduled news conferences in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal to discuss an undercover investigation and is expected to call for grocery store chains to be more stringent about how they source their meat products.
With an open seat on the Community Preservation Committee to be filled until the elected position expires in April, the process calls for a joint roll call vote of the CPC and the selectmen to fill the vacancy.
Our gratitude goes out to Pam Unger, Carl Guarnieri, and his staff for going above and beyond our call for help.
As prospects for negotiations fade, calls for military intervention get louder.
Golide Wulderk called for food for 200 shore evacuees at Cumberland County College.
Armed forces chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a meeting of "national unity for the love of Egypt to bring together partners of the country in the presence of the president of the republic", the army spokesman said.
Local elected officials on Tuesday called the domestic violence allegations lodged against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez "deeply troubling," with one councilwoman calling for his immediate resignation.
Gerald Evelyn, another of Ferguson's lawyers , became sick in October, asked for a break and then called for medical attention.
Project calls for no operation interruption for plant that provides drinking water to 60% of Philadelphia residents.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — About 1,000 Moroccan judges held an unprecedented sit-in Saturday in front of the Supreme Court, calling for greater independence for the judiciary.
E uropean Union officials are calling for a breakthrough in talks on the creation of a single supervisor for banks across the 27-country bloc.
But the small store of numbers I can dial instinctively now includes the number for Barney 's Pastrami Dip, the dog-eared Everett sandwich shop that I pelted with unanswered calls for a week or two after being wowed by it.
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In science:

The applications to computational group theory call for extensions of probability estimates discussed in Section 2 to maximal subgroups of finite classical groups.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Kirillov [Kir] calls for an extension of his method of coadjoint orbits for groups over real, complex, or p-adic fields to the group T (n, q) and gives premilinary connections with statistical physics; the paper [IsKar] gives a counterexample to one of his conjectures.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The combinatorial explosion of the number of Feynman diagrams contributing to scattering amplitudes for many external particles calls for the development of more compact representations that translate well to efficient and reliable numerical code.
O'Mega & WHIZARD: Monte Carlo Event Generator Generation For Future Colliders
Copious pair formation occurs in a relatively thin layer called for this reason a pair formation front (PFF).
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
However critical slowing down in continuous phase transition calls for special techniques.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem