• WordNet 3.6
    • n amazon mainly green tropical American parrots
    • n Amazon a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
    • n Amazon (Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)
    • n amazon a large strong and aggressive woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are dolphins that live in the Amazon River that are the colour pink
    • Amazon (Zoöl) A name numerous species of South American parrots of the genus Chrysotis
    • Amazon A tall, strong, masculine woman; a virago.
    • Amazon One of a fabulous race of female warriors in Scythia; hence, a female warrior.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • n Amazon In Gr. Legend, one of a race of women who dwelt on the coast of the Black Sea and in the Caucasus mountains. They formed a state from which men were excluded, devoted themselves to war and hunting, and were often in conflict with the Greeks in the heroic age. The Amazons and their contests were a favorite theme in Grecian art and story.
    • n Amazon A warlike or masculine woman; hence, a quarrelsome woman; a virago.
    • n Amazon A general book-name of any South American parrot, of the genus Chrysotis, of which there are numerous species.
    • n Amazon A name of sundry humming-birds: as, the royal amazon, Bellatrix regina.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
    • n Amazon am′az-on one of a fabled nation of female warriors: a masculine woman: a virago
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Popular Gr. ety. from a, neg., mazos, a breast—they being fabled to cut off the right breast that they might draw the bow to its head (of course all this is idle); some have suggested an original in the Circassian maza, the moon.


In literature:

Dessay, though, there's plenty up the Amazons.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
We met with a greater number of them than of any other genus on the banks of the Amazon.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
She'd make a fine picture of an Amazon.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
We might manage, to be sure, to get across the mountains, and launch a canoe upon one of the streams which run into the river of the Amazons.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
South America, with the wonders of the Amazon and the pampas and the high fauna of the Andes, is there.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
These fits are apt to unman me for a time, but I quickly recover, and soon resume the command of my amazon forces.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Amazon and Juno, however, by standing more to the northward soon cut off all chance of escape.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
"The Cockatoo's Story" by Mrs. George Cupples
The travellers returned disgusted to their canoe, and resumed their journey up the Amazon in silence.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Its current is more rapid than the Mississippi or the Amazon, and its volume more than a thousand times greater.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Where on the mighty river banks,
La Plate and Amazon,
The cayman, like an old tree trunk,
Lies basking in the sun;
"The Humming-Bird" by Mary Botham Howitt
There were desperate men, wild women,
And dark-eyed Amazon girls,
And one little boy, with a peach-down cheek
And yellow clustering curls.
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay
And the Queen of the Amazons fell
In a mouthful he gulped, with a yell,
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
She would pickle deliciously cold -
And her four pretty Amazons, too,
Are enticing, and not very old -
Twenty-seven is not very old.
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When Margarita to the light was drawn,
Stroking her eyes with an astonished hand,
It seemed, beneath the helm of branch and rain,
A weary Amazon was fallen to the ground.
"Margarita" by Boris Pasternak
And the Amazons simpered and sighed,
And they ogled, and giggled, and flushed,
And they opened their pretty eyes wide,
And they chuckled, and flirted, and blushed
(At least, if they could, they'd have blushed).
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

On a return from the Amazon, four flights in two days, much confusion and some graciousness .
Amazon's Revamped Kindle DX ( Graphite ) Improves Display.
The Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre in Swansea, Wales.
Now a growing chorus of tax experts is hoping to crack down on the cheating by requiring eBay -- and other online auctions, such as those on Yahoo, and Amazon -- to track users and report their gross sales to the federal government.
Credit with finally reversing a bunch of disappointing earnings reports with a strong second quarter.
Bill Gates ranks Amazon's Bezos with print's Gutenberg .
Tomorrow, CEO Jeff Bezos will hold a much-anticipated press conference in New York at The Morgan Library and Museum, and the choice of venue suggests that an intriguing narrative might unfold.
Amazon calls mistake 'embarrassing and ham-fisted . has offered a response to the AmazonFail fiasco.
Amazon agreed to buy a large chunk of its Seattle headquarters for $1.2 billion from an investment firm owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Amazon to Buy Headquarter Buildings for $1.2 Billion.
Wal-Mart gives Amazon the heave -ho.
Wal-Mart has stopped selling Amazon's Kindle e-readers and tablets.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc will stop selling all Kindle products from Inc Wal-Mart follows Target Corp.
Wal-Mart gives Amazon the heave-ho.

In science:

In most cases this happened if the Amazon server was not functioning properly during the time the data were being gathered.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges
However, this does not affect our analysis, primarily because of the low frequency with which prices are changed by Amazon.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges does not report its periodic demand levels.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges
The flat portions of these lower charts reflect (short) intervals where Amazon did not update the sales ranks that it published on its web site.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges
With regard to Amazon’s own price, because software titles are produced in large quantities prior to going to market, the quantity of new products Amazon can sell is predetermined (and usually virtually infinite) at the time Amazon sets its price.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges