IXIA, in botany, a genus of the Trian dria Monogynia class and order. Natural order of Ensatz. Iridcs, J ussieu. Essen tial character : corolla one-petalled, tubu lar; tube straight, filiform ; border six parted, bell-shaped, regular ; stigmas three or six, simple. There are fifly-four species. Ixia differs from antholyza in having the segments of the corolla nearly equal ; from gladiolus, in the situation of the segments of the corolla, and in having the tube straight. Almost all the species are natives of the Cape of Good Hope.
IX011A, in botany, a genus of the Te trandria Monogynia class and order. Na tural order of Stellatx. Rubiace Jus sieu. Essential character : corolla one petalled, funnel-form, long, superior ; stamina above the mouth ; berry four seeded. There are nine species, of which I. Americana, American ixora, has a shrubby stalk, four or five feet high, send ing out slender opposite branches ; leaves nearly six inches long, on short foot stalks. Flowers at the ends of the branches in a loose spike, they are white, and have a Or k, the tenth letter, and seventh
.111, consonant of our alphabet; being formed by the voice, by a guttural expres sion of the breath through the mouth, to gether with a depression of the lower jaw, and opening of the teeth.
Its sound is much the same with that of the hard c, or qu ; and it is used, for the most part, only before e, i, and n, in the beginning of words ; as, ken, kill, know, &c. It used formerly to be always joined with c at the end of words, but is at pre sent very properly omitted : thus, for musick, &c. we say, public, music, &c. However, in monosyllables it is still retained, as jack, block, mock, &c.
The letter k is derived from the Greek kappa, K or a ; it being unknown to the Romans, though we sometimes meet with kalendm instead of calendm.
As a numeral, K denotes 250 ; and with a line over it, K 250,000.