Glossary

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Vanish - 

To disappear, often never to return again.

Venom/Venomous - 

A toxic matter normally secreted by some animals such as snakes and bees, and transmitted to preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. or an enemy chiefly by injection (biting or stinging)./An animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. that used venom.

Vermiculture - 

Using worms to convert decaying organicSomething that is raised or grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or drugs. matter into compostA mix of decaying plants and other organic matter added to soil in order to enrich the soil for planting..

Vertebrae - 

Bones that make up the backboneThe column of bones (spine) in the back of many animals. It supports the body. An animal with a backbone is called a vertebrate. (spinal column).

Vertebrate - 

An animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. that has a backboneThe column of bones (spine) in the back of many animals. It supports the body. An animal with a backbone is called a vertebrate.. Humans, dogs, birds, and frogs are vertebrates.

Vestigial - 

Remaining in a speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. only in a much reduced or useless state. VestigialRemaining in a species only in a much reduced or useless state. Vestigial body parts or organs are evidence of parts that the ancestors of an animal had, but that the modern animal no longer needs or uses. For example, the rosy boa snake has vestigial traces of the legs of its lizard ancestors. body parts or organs are evidence of parts that the ancestors of an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. had, but that the modern animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. no longer needs or uses. For example, the rosy boa snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. has vestigialRemaining in a species only in a much reduced or useless state. Vestigial body parts or organs are evidence of parts that the ancestors of an animal had, but that the modern animal no longer needs or uses. For example, the rosy boa snake has vestigial traces of the legs of its lizard ancestors. traces of the legs of its lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. ancestors.

Veterinarian - 

An animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. doctor.

Villi - 

Tiny bumps on the skin surface. In geckos, villiTiny bumps on the skin surface. In geckos, villi on the bottom of their toes allow them to cling to slick surfaces. on the bottom of their toes allow them to cling to slick surfaces.

Viviparous - 

Producing live young instead of eggs from within the body. This pertains to almost all mammals, several reptiles, and some fish.