Words starting with A

Words that start with A

List of things that start with the letter A.

Angry anteaters arguing against albino antelopes.

Photo of an aardvark.
Photo by MontageMan
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Scientific name: orycteropus afer

The aardvark is from Africa. It is a very good digger and sleeps during the day and comes out at night to dig. Aardvarks are distantly related to elephants. Aardvarks eat ants and termites.
Aardvarks are extremely primitive in their makeup and could be called a living fossil.

Photo of a boy using an abacus.
Photo by Nicki Dugan
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An abacus was used for counting and adding up before calculators. It is made from beads on a frame that you slide backwards and forwards.

Photo of alalone.
Photo by Chinogypsie
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An abalone is a very large sea snail. Abalones are a different shape to most snails - they have a wide, flat shell. You can still see the spiral shape in their shell.
Abalones are caught and eaten as food, and their shells are used to make jewellery.

Photo of abandoned shopping carts
Photo by jo marshall
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You abandon something when you completely leave it alone. You can abandon a place, a person, a project or many other things.
Abandon might also mean that you give up all your restraint and self-control, for example "She abandoned herself to the music".

Photo of abandoned shopping carts
Photo by jo marshall
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Something is abandoned if if has been left alone and forsaken, with nobody caring for it or paying it attention. The shopping cart in the picture has been abandoned.

Photo of an Australian Aborigine
Photo by Steve Evans
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Australian Aborigines were the first people to live in Australia. There were once many, many different tribes of Aborigines, each with different traditions and languages.
Around 2% of the Australian population identifies as Aboriginal.

Photo of a child above a soldier
Photo by The U.S. Army
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Something is above something else it it is higher up. In the picture, the child is above the soldier.

Something is abrasive if it is used to grind or polish something else. A good example of something that is abrasive is sandpaper.

Art is abstract if it has been derived, or abstracted from something real but doesn't bear a close resemblance to what it is supposed to represent, like more traditional art does. Some parts of the art might be recognisable, some exaggerated, some downplayed. Abstract art can be so stylised you can't even recognise what it is, so sometimes when you look at an abstract picture or sculpture you can't tell what it is a picture or sculpture of.

Photo of Abu Dhabi, UAE
Photo by Adnan Ansari
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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It has a population of around 900,000.