1. ayatollah a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
  2. ayah (in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
  3. Ayurveda (Sanskrit) an ancient medical treatise summarizing the Hindu art of healing and prolonging life; sometimes regarded as a 5th Veda
  4. ayin the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  5. ayapana low spreading tropical American shrub with long slender leaves used to make a mildly stimulating drink resembling tea; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium
  6. Ayapana triplinervis low spreading tropical American shrub with long slender leaves used to make a mildly stimulating drink resembling tea; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium
  7. Ayatollah Khomeini Iranian religious leader of the Shiites
  8. Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini Iranian religious leader of the Shiites
  9. aye-aye nocturnal lemur with long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth closely related to the lemurs
  10. Ayn Rand United States writer (born in Russia) noted for her polemical novels and political conservativism (1905-1982)
  11. Ayr a port in southwestern Scotland
  12. Ayrshire hardy breed of dairy cattle from Ayr, Scotland
  13. Aythya canvasback; redhead; pochard; etc.
  14. Aythya affinis common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads
  15. Aythya americana North American diving duck with a grey-and-black body and reddish-brown head
  16. Aythya ferina heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head
  17. Aythya marila large scaup of North America having a greenish iridescence on the head of the male

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