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noun as in child without parents

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Because they have not gone through the same extensive breeding as corn, soy, and wheat, the orphans have more untapped potential.

The recent discoveries suggest that focusing on this handful of genes could accelerate the improvement of orphan crops, or even enable the de novo domestication of wild plants with crop potential.

Like the Romanian orphans, these kids had lower cortisol levels than nonadopted children who had no behavioral problems.

Each held a sample of saliva from one of the 2- and 3-year-old orphans.

This confirmed Gunnar’s previous research on Romanian orphans and international adoptees living in the United States.

He gave us a little orphan girl in a red wig belting “Tomorrow.”

She described how “in certain circles [it] is the moral equivalent of eating a baby orphan.”

Scribbling notes in the classroom next door is Justine, a shy 17-year-old orphan who is the only female in her class.

Metronomic therapy is a quintessential financial orphan, Vikas Sukhatme says.

The financial orphan problem points to a deeper issue with the way cancer drugs are developed.

You love her, your beautiful Finnish orphan brought up in France and romantically met in London, with the adorable name?

She wore no denim uniform, such as Amy had mentioned on a previous occasion as being the mark of the usual “orphan.”

It was the home that had sheltered her orphan childhood; she had never slept a night from under its moss-grown roof.

George Gordon: Scotch birth, so far as can learn; left an orphan; lived mostly in London.

You shall not be the loser, Mrs. Martin, by the attention you may pay to this poor orphan girl.


On this page you'll find 7 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to orphan, such as: foundling, ragamuffin, stray, and waif.

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