|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|1.||Sir Andrew (Frank). born 1944, British conductor; chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1989--2000) and of the Chicago Lyric Opera from 2000|
|2.||Bette (ˈbɛtɪ), real name Ruth Elizabeth Davis. 1908--89, US film actress, whose films include Of Human Bondage (1934), Jezebel (1938) for which she won an Oscar, All About Eve (1950), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Nanny (1965), and The Whales of August (1987)|
|3.||Sir Colin (Rex). born 1927, English conductor, noted for his interpretation of the music of Berlioz|
|4.||Jefferson. 1808--89, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (1861--65)|
|5.||Joe. 1901--78, English billiards and snooker player: world champion from 1927 to 1946|
|6.||John. Also called: John Davys. ?1550--1605, English navigator: discovered the Falkland Islands (1592); searched for a Northwest Passage|
|7.||Miles (Dewey). 1926--91, US jazz trumpeter and composer|
|8.||Steve. born 1957, English snooker player: world champion 1981, 1983--84, 1987--89|
city, Yolo county, central California, U.S. It lies in the Sacramento River valley, 11 miles (18 km) west of Sacramento. The city, founded in 1868, was named Davisville for Jerome C. Davis, who owned a stock farm on the site. (The city's name was shortened in 1907 by the post office and became the official name in 1917.) Originally an agricultural community, it is now primarily an educational centre with some light industry (e.g., food processing and steel fabrication) and several prominent medical facilities. In 1905 the University of California acquired 778 acres (315 hectares) in the locality for a branch campus (opened 1908) and an experimental farm school (now the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences). Subsequently, schools of veterinary medicine, letters and science, engineering, law, medicine, biological science, management, and education were established. The Davis campus of the University of California now covers more than 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares). The California National Primate Research Center was founded in Davis in 1962, and D-Q (Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl) University, a two-year tribal college emphasizing North American and Latin American Indian cultures, opened in 1971. Pop. (1990) 46,209; (2000) 60,308.
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