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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Solitaire  \Sol`i*taire"\,  n.  [F.  See  {Solitary}.] 
  1.  A  person  who  lives  in  solitude;  a  recluse;  a  hermit. 
  2.  A  single  diamond  in  a  setting;  also  sometimes  a  precious 
  stone  of  any  kind  set  alone. 
  Diamond  solitaires  blazing  on  his  breast  and  wrists. 
  --Mrs.  R.  H. 
  3.  A  game  which  one  person  can  play  alone;  --  applied  to  many 
  games  of  cards,  etc.;  also  to  a  game  played  on  a  board 
  with  pegs  or  balls,  in  which  the  object  is  beginning  with 
  all  the  places  filled  except  one  to  remove  all  but  one  of 
  the  pieces  by  ``jumping,''  as  in  draughts. 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  large  extinct  bird  ({Pezophaps  solitaria})  which 
  formerly  inhabited  the  islands  of  Mauritius  and 
  Rodrigeuz  It  was  larger  and  taller  than  the  wild 
  turkey.  Its  wings  were  too  small  for  flight.  Called 
  also  {solitary}. 
  b  Any  species  of  American  thrushlike  birds  of  the  genus 
  {Myadestes}.  They  are  noted  their  sweet  songs  and 
  retiring  habits.  Called  also  {fly-catching  thrush}.  A 
  West  Indian  species  ({Myadestes  sibilans})  is  called 
  the  {invisible  bird}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  gem  (usually  a  diamond)  in  a  setting  by  itself 
  2:  extinct  flightless  bird  related  to  the  dodo  [syn:  {Pezophaps 
  3:  dull  gray  North  American  thrushes  noted  for  its  beautiful 
  4:  a  card  game  played  by  one  person  [syn:  {patience}] 

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