characteristic feature

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The feet themselves were heavily padded and nailless, which fact had also contributed to the noiselessness of their approach, and, in common with a multiplicity of legs, is a characteristic feature of the fauna of Mars.
It was a characteristic feature in this repentance, that I was fain to ask what these two men had done, to be there at all.
This moderation towards those who are in error is one of the most characteristic features of Socrates in the Republic.
Here and there among the greenery were palace-like buildings, but the house and the cottage, which form such characteristic features of our own English landscape, had disappeared.
As soon as the points of value of the new sub-breed are once fully acknowledged, the principle, as I have called it, of unconscious selection will always tend,--perhaps more at one period than at another, as the breed rises or falls in fashion,--perhaps more in one district than in another, according to the state of civilisation of the inhabitants--slowly to add to the characteristic features of the breed, whatever they may be.
Great, tall, raw-boned Kentuckians, attired in hunting-shirts, and trailing their loose joints over a vast extent of territory, with the easy lounge peculiar to the race,--rifles stacked away in the corner, shot-pouches, game-bags, hunting-dogs, and little negroes, all rolled together in the corners,--were the characteristic features in the picture.
Merging is a characteristic feature of the atmospheric disturbances, notes Cassini mission scientist Andrew P.
A characteristic feature is the central lichen-covered circle from which branches radiate like an organic corona surrounding a little sun.
As indicated by the title, the work also includes sections on the merits of Hebron and Syria, the close association between Jerusalem and Hebron being a characteristic feature of fada'il al-Quds.
The category "focus" refers loosely to a cluster of relationships between some disease and its manifestations in specific cell types, processes, mechanisms, pathways, markers, and organs, or at any anatomic locale at which a focal pathology is a characteristic feature.
We have lived in a gigantic time, and the most characteristic feature is the fact of an unparalleled unity of the people.
Yet the most characteristic feature of secondary schooling during the last century was its tremendous variability.

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