a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
the application of a protective layer of tin
the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws; "a catcher needs a lot of protective equipment"; "he plays behind the plate"
air defense by the use of deception or dispersion or protective construction
any of various seaweeds that grow underwater in shallow beds; "seagrass provides a protective environment in which young fish can develop"
thin protective membrane in some protozoa
animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
tough more-or-less rigid protective covering of an animal or plant
a protective structure resembling a scale
a hard protective sheath as secreted by certain protoctists e.g.
small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering
small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete