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melting pot
a place (as a city or country) in which various nationalities or races live together and gradually blend into one community
breadbasket of the colonies
The middle colonies (especially Pennsylvania) were often called the breadbasket colonies because they successfully produced so much grain, which they sold both to other colonies and other countries.
cash crop
a crop which is sold for cash, as opposed to a crop that is used solely for the farmer's animals and family
library
a: a place where books, magazines, and records are kept for use but not for sale b: a collection of books, magazines, or records
statesman
a person engaged in fixing the policies and conducting the affairs of a government; especially : one having unusual wisdom and skill in such matters
grain
the edible seed or seedlike fruit of grasses that are cereals (as wheat, Indian corn, or oats)
rye
a hardy annual cereal grass widely grown for grain and as a cover crop
wheat
a cereal grain that can be made into a fine white flour used mostly in breads, baked goods (as cakes and crackers), and pasta as (as macaroni or spaghetti) and that is used in animal feeds
blacksmith
a worker who shapes iron (as into horseshoes) by heating it and then hammering it on an iron block
electricity
a form of energy that is found in nature but that can be artificially produced by rubbing together two unlike things (as glass and silk), by the action of chemicals, or by means of a generator
static electricity
electricity that consists of isolated stationary charges
lightning
the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth; also: the discharge itself
dangerous
1: exposing to or involving danger <a dangerous mission>
2: able or likely to cause injury <dangerous weapons>
lightning rod
a metal rod set up on a building or a ship and connected with the earth or water below to decrease the chances of damage from lightning
diplomat
1: a person employed or skilled in keeping up relations between the governments of different countries
2: skill in dealing with others without causing bad feelings
delegate
a person sent with power to act for another
subscription library
begun by Benjamin Franklin, the subscription library had members who contributed money to buy books, then shared them (forerunner to the public library)