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Encyclopedia > List of Dune terminology
Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune.
Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune.

The following is a list of terminology used in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert, the primary source being Terminology of the Imperium, the glossary contained in the novel Dune. Terms not formally defined in separate articles are marked in bold; topics requiring more extensive explanation are linked to the appropriate Main articles. Sheeana and the sanworm of Arrakis, from the cover of the book Heretics of Dune. ... Sheeana and the sanworm of Arrakis, from the cover of the book Heretics of Dune. ... Sandworms are fictional desert-dwelling creatures from Frank Herberts science fiction series Dune. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...

A

  • Aba ~ A loose, usually black robe worn by Fremen women and Bene Gesserit sisters[1].
  • Abomination ~ Bene Gesserit term for one who is pre-born and thus susceptible to being taken over by the ancestral personalities in Other Memory.
  • Ajidamal (or Amal) ~ Disastrously-flawed synthetic melange created by the Tleilaxu Project Amal before the process of producing spice in axlotl tanks was perfected.
  • Akarso ~ "Plant native to Sikun (of 70 Ophiuchi A) characterized by almost oblong leaves. Its green and white stripes indicate the constant multiple, condition of parallel active and dormant chlorophyll regions"[2].
  • al-Lat ~ "Mankind's original sun; by usage: any planet's primary."[3]
  • Ampoliros ~ "Legendary 'Flying Dutchman' of space"[4]; Lady Jessica refers to the pre-Guild legend in Dune: "Like the men of the lost star-searcher, Ampoliros — sick at their guns — forever seeking, forever prepared and forever unready."
  • Amtal (or Amtal Rule) ~ "Common rule on primitive worlds under which something is tested to determine its limits or defects. Commonly: testing to destruction"[5][6].
  • Axlotl tank ~ Biological tank in which gholas and melange may be produced.
  • Ayat ~ "The signs of life. (See Burhan.)"[7] The Arabic word ayah (plural: ayat) means "omen/sign" or "miracle."

Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Abomination, in the context of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, refers to one who aquires full concience as a fetus as a result of being exposed to the spice agony, gaining to all their ancestral memories before birth. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Abomination, in the context of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, refers to one who acquires full consciousness as a fetus as a result of being exposed to the ritual spice agony, gaining all their ancestral memories before birth (these individuals are also referred to as pre-born in... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Project Amal is an important factor in the Prelude to Dune novels. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... Below is a list of fictional planets from the universe depicted in the series of books beginning with Frank Herberts Dune. ... 70 Ophiuchi is a binary star system 16. ... Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color Space-filling model of the chlorophyll molecule Chlorophyll is a green photosynthetic pigment found in most plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. ... The Flying Dutchman by Albert Pinkham Ryder For other uses, see The Flying Dutchman (disambiguation). ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... Ayah ( , plural Ayat ) is the Arabic word for sign or miracle. ... now. ... A miracle, derived from the old Latin word miraculum meaning something wonderful, is a striking interposition of divine intervention by a god in the universe by which the ordinary course and operation of Nature is overruled, suspended, or modified. ...

B

  • Baliset ~ "Nine-stringed musical instrument, lineal descendant of the zithra, tuned to the Chusuk scale and played by strumming. Favorite instrument of Imperial troubadours"[8].
  • Bashar ~ Military rank, slightly above a traditional Colonel and primarily used for military leader of a planetary subdistrict; alternately, Colonel Bashar, or Supreme Bashar for a military's most senior commander.
  • Bene Gesserit ~ Secretive and powerful matriarchal order whose members possess extraordinary physical and mental powers.
  • Bene Tleilax (or Tleilaxu) ~ Secretive and powerful patriarchal race known for their genetic manipulation technologies.
  • Burhan "The proofs of life. (Commonly: the ayat and burhan of life. See Ayat.)"[9]
  • Burseg ~ Miltary general.
  • Butlerian Jihad ~ Crusade by mankind against thinking machines.

Concert zither The zither is a musical string instrument, mainly used in folk music, most commonly in German-speaking Alpine Europe. ... Below is a list of fictional planets from the universe depicted in the series of books beginning with Frank Herberts Dune. ... In music, a scale is an ordered list of notes used in music. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Matriarchy is a form of society in which power is with the women and especially with the mothers of a community. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Patriarchy For other uses, see Patriarchy (disambiguation). ... The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Thinking Machines are a fictional group from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

C

  • Caid ~ "Sardaukar officer rank given to a military official whose duties call mostly for dealings with civilians; A military governorship over a full planetary district; Above the rank of Bashar but not equal to a Burseg"[10].
  • Carryall ~ Aircraft used on Arrakis to "transport large spice mining, hunting and refining equipment"[11].
  • Chakobsa ~ Language of the Fremen of Arrakis.
  • Chaumas ~ "Poison in solid food as distinguished from poison administered in some other way"[12].
  • Chaumurky ~ "Poison administered in a drink"[13].
  • CHOAM (Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles) ~ the "universal development corporation controlled by the Emperor and Great Houses with the Guild and Bene Gesserit as silent partners"[14]. This corporation essentially controls the economy of the known universe, with shares and directorships determining each House's income and financial leverage.
  • Cogitor ~ One of several ancient philosophers whose brains were transplanted into fluid-filled canisters so that they could analyze the universe indefinitely.
  • Coriolis storm ~ Sandstorms on Arrakis in which "winds across the open flatlands are amplified by the planet's own revolutionary motion to reach speeds up to 700 kilometres per hour"[15].
  • Crysknife ~ Weapon made from the tooth of a sandworm from Arrakis.
  • Cutterray ~ "Short-range version of a lasgun used mostly as a cutting tool and surgeon's scalpel"[16].
  • Cymek ~ Type of cyborg, or machine-human hybrid.

Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A fictional language of the fiercely religious, and militaristic Fremen people of Frank Herberts science fiction masterpiece Dune. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... The Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantile or CHOAM is a fictional universal development corporation in Frank Herberts Dune universe, which is first mentioned in Dune. ... Corporate redirects here. ... Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... In finance a share is a unit of account for various financial instruments including stocks, mutual funds, limited partnerships, and REITs. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer of the company charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ... A sandstorm approaching Al Asad, Iraq, just before nightfall on April 27 2005. ... Kilometres per hour (American spelling: kilometers per hour) is a unit of both speed (scalar) and velocity (vector). ... In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, a crysknife is a weapon made from the tooth of Shai-Hulud, the giant sandworms (collectively) that live below the sands of the desert planet Arrakis. ... Sandworms are fictional desert-dwelling creatures from Frank Herberts science fiction series Dune. ... A lasgun is a fictional energy weapon found in the world described in Dune, a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ... In Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe, A cymek is a type of cyborg, a machine-human hybrid. ... A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ...

D

  • D-wolves ~ Guardians of the Sareer on Arrakis in the time of Leto Atreides II; ferocious wolves with Gaze Hounds in the ancestry, "noted for their keen eyesight"[17].
  • Deathstill ~ Fremen device used to extract all moisture from a living or dead human or creature.
  • Distrans ~ Steganographic device producing a "temporary neural imprint on the nervous system of Chiroptera (bats) or birds. The creature's normal cry then carries the message imprint which can be sorted from that carrier wave by another distrans"[18].

Arrakis, (presumably derived from the Arabic name الراقص ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune series of novels by Frank Herbert; it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the Imperial Capital under the Atreides... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the... Leto Atreides II, portrayed by James McAvoy in the Children of Dune miniseries Leto Atreides II is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... A deathstill is a fictional water reclamation and conservation device from the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one apart from the intended recipient knows of the existence of the message; this is in contrast to cryptography, where the existence of the message itself is not disguised, but the content is obscured. ... // See also Artificial neural network. ... Imprinting is the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior. ... Suborders Megachiroptera Microchiroptera See text for families. ... “Aves” redirects here. ... A carrier wave, or carrier is a waveform (usually sinusoidal) that is modulated (modified) to represent the information to be transmitted. ...

E

  • Elacca drug ~ Narcotic produced from the "blood-grained" elacca wood of Ecaz; users' skin shows a characteristic carrot color. The drug's effect is to remove most of the will to self-preservation; commonly used to prepare slave gladiators for the ring[19].

Below is a list of fictional planets from the universe depicted in the series of books beginning with Frank Herberts Dune. ... Binomial name Daucus carota L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... Pollice Verso (With a Turned Thumb), an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ...

F

  • Face Dancers ~ Creatures able to mimic other humans exactly and go undetected by all known means.
  • Famine Times ~ Years after the reign of Leto II, marked by chaos and famine on many worlds, that let to The Scattering.
  • Faufreluches ~ "The rigid rule of class distinction enforced by the Imperium. 'A place for every man and every man in his place.'"[20]
  • Fedaykin ~ "Fremen death commandos; historically: a group formed and pledged to give their lives to right a wrong."[21] Personally trained by, and fiercely loyal to, Paul Atreides.
  • Fish Speakers ~ All-female military force created by Leto Atreides II to enforce his rule over the known universe.
  • Fogwood ~ Wood native to Ecaz, capable of being shaped by thought alone.
  • Fremen ~ "Native" inhabitants of Arrakis.
  • Fremkit ~ Fremen desert survival kit.
  • Futar ~ Primitive and fierce humanoid creatures, a genetic mix of man and cat.

Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... A famine is a social and economic crisis that is commonly accompanied by widespread malnutrition, starvation, epidemic and increased mortality. ... The Scattering is a fictional event that takes place in Frank Herberts Dune books. ... For other uses, see Commando (disambiguation). ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Leto Atreides II, portrayed by James McAvoy in the Children of Dune miniseries Leto Atreides II is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Futars are a fictional race in the Dune universe, introduced in Chapterhouse Dune. ...

G

  • Galach ~ Universal language of the Dune universe.
  • Ghola ~ Clone grown in an axlotl tank from genetic material retrieved from the cells of a deceased subject.
  • Glowglobe ~ "Suspensor-buoyed illuminating device, self-powered (usually by organic batteries)"[22].
  • Golden Path ~ Paul Atreides and Leto II's strategy to prevent humanity's destruction.
  • Gom jabbar ~ "Specific poison needle tipped with meta-cyanide used by Bene Gesserit Proctors in their death-alternative test of human awareness"[23].
  • Great Convention ~ "Universal truce enforced under the power balance maintained by the Guild, the Great Houses, and the Imperium. Its chief rule prohibits the use of atomic weapons against human targets"[24].
  • Guild Navigator ~ Melange-mutated humans safely able to navigate interstellar space (using prescience) in ships called Heighliners.

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Alia Atreides, portayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ... The Gom Jabbar is a fictional device appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Frank Herberts Dune was a three-part miniseries based on the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Galach is the universal language in the Dune universe, Inglo-Slavic in origin (essentially, it is descended from English and Russian). ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of something. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomenon in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomenon in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... The Golden Path is Leto IIs strategy to prevent humanitys destruction in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Gom Jabbar is a fictional device appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... The cyanide ion, CN−. From the top: 1. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... House Atreides House Corrino House Fenring House Harkonnen House Moritani House Ordos House Richese House Vernius Categories: | ... A stone burner detonation, from the Children of Dune miniseries. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... In the Dune world of Frank Herbert, the Heighliners of the Spacing Guild are enormous carrier spaceships used for interstellar travel. ...

H

  • Handlers ~ Humanoid race who bred and trained Futars to hunt Honored Matres.
  • Harvester (also Harvester Factory or Crawler) ~ "Large (often 120 metres by 40 metres) spice mining machine ... [with a] buglike body on independent tracks"[25].
  • Heighliner ~ Enormous carrier spaceships used by the Spacing Guild for interstellar travel.
  • High Council ~ "The Landsraad inner circle empowered to act as supreme tribunal in House to House disputes"[26].
  • Holtzman effect ~ Scientific phenomenon that makes (among other things) instantaneous space travel and defensive force shields possible.
  • Honored Matres ~ Violent matriarchal order formed in The Scattering.
  • Hunter-seeker ~ "Ravening sliver of suspensor-buoyed metal guided as a weapon by a nearby control console; commonassassination device"[27]. Floating in mid-air, it kills by entering the body and following nerve pathways to vital organs.

Image File history File links Heighliner. ... Image File history File links Heighliner. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... In the Dune world of Frank Herbert, the Heighliners of the Spacing Guild are enormous carrier spaceships used for interstellar travel. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Frank Herberts Dune was a three-part miniseries based on the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Handlers are humanoid race in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Futars are a fictional race in the Dune universe, introduced in Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... In the Dune world of Frank Herbert, the Heighliners of the Spacing Guild are enormous carrier spaceships used for interstellar travel. ... One of the fictional ships called the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, one of the most famous fictional starships. ... Interstellar space travel is unmanned or manned travel between stars, though the term usually denotes the latter. ... The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomenon in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... The Scattering is a fictional event that takes place in Frank Herberts Dune books. ... A television remote control A DVD player remote control A remote control is an electronic device used for the remote operation of a machine. ... It has been suggested that Extrajudicial Executions and Assasinations be merged into this article or section. ...

I

  • Inkvine ~ "Creeping plant native to Giedi Prime and frequently used as a whip in its slave pens. Victims are marked by beet-colored tattoos that cause residual pain for many years"[28].
  • Ixian Probe ~ Device used to capture the thoughts of a person (living or dead) for analysis; can be blocked by the substance shere.

Giedi Prime is the name of a fictional planet set in Frank Herberts Dune universe described in the Dune science fiction novels. ... An Ixian Probe is a fictional device in the Dune universe, first mentioned in Heretics of Dune. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ...

J

  • Jihad, Butlerian ~ Crusade by mankind against Thinking Machines.
  • Judge of the Change ~ "An official appointed by the Landsraad High Council and the Emperor to monitor a change of fief, a kanly negotiation, or formal battle in a War of Assassins. The Judge's arbitral authority may be challenged only before the High Council with the Emperor present"[29].

The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud or fee, often consisted of heritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord in return for a form of allegiance, originally often to give him the means to fulfill his military duties when called upon. ... War of Assassins denotes a regulated form of conflict between noble houses in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ...

K

  • Kanly ~ "Formal feud or vendetta under the rules of the Great Convention carried on according to the strictest limitations"[30].
  • Kralizec ~ Long-foretold "Typhoon Struggle" or final "battle at the end of the universe"[31]
  • Kwisatz Haderach ~ Bene Gesserit label applied to "the unknown for which they sought a genetic solution: a male Bene Gesserit whose organic mental powers would bridge space and time"[32].

A feud is a long-running argument or fight between parties—often groups of people, especially families or clans. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... The Kwisatz Haderach is a fictional name of a prophesied messiah figure in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert, and later extended by his son, Brian Herbert, alongside science fiction author Kevin J Anderson. ...

L

  • Landsraad ~ The Assembly of all nobles in the Imperium.
  • Lasgun ~ Energy weapon, technically a "continuous-wave laser projector"[33]; Variably Lasegun.
  • Lost Tleilaxu ~ Offshoot race of the Bene Tleilax, formed in The Scattering.
  • Levenbrech ~ A military rank that is roughly inbetween a sergeant and a lieutenant.

The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A lasgun is a fictional energy weapon found in the world described in Dune, a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ... The Lost Tleilaxu are a fictional organization from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ...

M

Paul Atreides (Alec Newman) wielding maker hooks, from the Dune miniseries (2000).
  • Mahdi ~ "In the Fremen messianic legend, 'The One Who Will Lead Us to Paradise'"[34]; applied to Paul Atreides by the Fremen when they have determined that he is their prophesied messiah.
  • Maker hooks ~ "The hooks used for capturing, mounting, and steering a sandworm of Arrakis"[35].
  • Maula pistol ~ "Spring-loaded gun for firing poison darts; range about 40 metres"[36].
  • Melange ~ Drug essential to space travel and extended life, and therefore to the survival of the universe.
  • Mentat ~ Individuals trained as "human computers"[37], their minds developed to staggering heights of cognitive and analytical ability.
  • Missionaria Protectiva ~ An arm of the Bene Gesserit charged with spreading contrived myths, prophecies and superstition on primitive worlds so that the Bene Gesserit may later exploit those regions[38].
  • Muad'Dib ~ "The adapted kangaroo mouse of Arrakis, a creature associated in the Fremen earth-spirit mythology with a design visible on the planet's second moon. This creature is admired by Fremen for its ability to survive in the open desert"[39]. Muad'Dib is also the Fremen name taken by Paul Atreides.
  • Muadru ~ Ancient religion predating the Old Empire before the Time of the Titans.[40].

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N

  • na-Baron ~ Noble title given to a Baron's heir-apparent.
  • No-chamber ~ Construct that hides anything inside from prescient and ocular vision, as well as other methods of detection.
  • No-ship ~ No-chamber in spaceship form, with enough limited prescience to be capable of interstellar travel without a Guild Navigator.
  • Nullentropy ~ Technology akin to the science fiction concept of stasis, in which the natural processes of time, such as decomposition, are ceased. In this way, matter such as human cells may be stored for millennia and remain undamaged.

Baron is a specific title of nobility or a more generic feudal qualification. ... A no-chamber is a construct that hides whatever inside it from prescient/oracular vision in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Stasis (IPA: ) is a science-fiction concept akin to suspended animation. ...

O

  • Obliterators ~ Honored Matre weapons of mass destruction; they combust the atmosphere of a planet and subsequently its surface.
  • Other Memory ~ The combined ego and memories of all female ancestors that a Bene Gesserit is trained to access.
  • Ornithopter (or 'Thopter) ~ "Aircraft capable of sustained wing-beat flight in the manner of birds"[41].

The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... An ornithopter (from Greek ornithos bird and pteron wing) is an aircraft that flies by flapping of the wings. ...

P

  • Palm lock ~ "Lock or seal which can be opened only by contact with the palm of the human hand to which it has been keyed"[42].
  • Phibian ~ Primitive and amphibious humanoid creatures, a genetic mix of man and fish.
  • Plasteel ~ Extremely tough form of steel, "stabilized with stravidium fibers grown into its crystal structure"[43].
  • Plaz (or windowplaz) ~ Synthetic glass, used for windows (especially in aircraft and spaceships) due to its superior strength.
  • Poison snooper ~ "Radiation analyzer within the olfactory spectrum and keyed to detect poisonous substances"[44].
  • Prana-bindu ~ Training providing a Bene Gesserit with complete muscle control (Prana nervature relates to nervous system control).
  • Probe, Ixian ~ Device used to capture the thoughts of a person (living or dead) for analysis; can be blocked by the substance shere.
  • Probe, T ~ Device used to capture the thoughts of a person (living or dead) for analysis; unlike an Ixian Probe, it cannot be blocked by the substance shere.
  • Pundi rice ~ "A mutated rice whose grains, high in natural sugar, achieve lengths up to four centimeters; chief export of Caladan"[45].

Phibians are a fictional race in the Dune universe, first mentioned in Chapterhouse Dune. ... Subclasses and Orders    Order Temnospondyli - extinct Subclass Lepospondyli - extinct Subclass Lissamphibia    Order Anura    Order Caudata    Order Gymnophiona Amphibians (class Amphibia; from Greek αμφις both and βιος life) are a taxon of animals that include all living tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates) that do not have amniotic eggs, are ectotherms, and generally spend part... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... An Ixian Probe is a fictional device in the Dune universe, first mentioned in Heretics of Dune. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... A T-Probe is a fictional device in Frank Herberts Dune universe is a fictional device used to capture the thoughts of a person (living or dead) for analysis. ... An Ixian Probe is a fictional device in the Dune universe, first mentioned in Heretics of Dune. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

Q

  • Qanat ~ "Open canal for carrying irrigation water under controlled conditions through a desert"[46].

A qanat (from Persian: ‎) or kareez (from Persian: ‎) is a water management system used to provide a reliable supply of water to human settlements or for irrigation in hot, arid and semi-arid climates. ...

R

  • Residual poison ~ "Innovation attributed to the Mentat Piter De Vries whereby the body is impregnated with a substance for which repeated antidotes must be administered; withdrawal of the antidote at any time brings death"[47].
  • Reverend Mother ~ Bene Gesserit who has survived a ritual wherein she consciously transforms a toxic dose of melange to a non-poisonous substance at the molecular level, thereby raising herself to a higher level of awareness and enabling her to access Other Memory[48].

Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herberts Dune science fiction series. ... An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ...

S

  • Salusan bull ~ Fierce and very aggressive creature with multiple horns, used in bullfighting on Caladan and supposedly originating from Salusa Secundus.
  • Sandworm ~ Giant sand-dwelling creatures native to Arrakis, essential to the production of melange. Called Shai-Hulud by the Fremen and worshipped as deities.
  • Sapho ~ "High-energy liquid extracted from barrier roots of Ecaz. Commonly used by Mentats who claim it amplifies mental powers. Users develop deep ruby stains on mouth and lips"[49].
  • Sardaukar ~ Ferocious "soldier-fanatics" of the Padishah Emperor, later disbanded by Leto II[50].
  • Sareer ~ Last Desert of Arrakis in the time of Leto Atreides II, location of his Citadel; guarded by D-wolves.
  • Sayyadina ~ Fremen version of a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother, possessing Other Memory but none of the standard Bene Gesserit training.
  • Scattering, The ~ Event after the reign of Leto II in which billions of people left the settled worlds of the Old Empire, striking off into unknown space.
  • Selamlik ~ "Imperial audience chamber"[51].
  • Semuta ~ "Second narcotic derivative (by crystal extraction) from the burned residue of elacca wood [from Ecaz]. The effect (described as timeless, sustained ecstasy) is elicited by certain atonal vibrations referred to as semuta music"[52].
  • Shai-Hulud ~ Fremen name for the sandworms of Arrakis.
  • Shere ~ Significant presence of this substance in the body will block the use of an Ixian Probe.
  • Shigawire ~ "Metallic extrusion of a ground vine (Narvi narviium) grown only on Salusa Secundus and III Delta Kaising. It is noted for extreme tensile strength"[53] and used as a recording medium (among other things).
  • Sietch ~ Cave warren inhabited by a Fremen tribal community[54].
  • Sietch orgy (or sietch tau orgy) ~ Fremen ritual of unrestrained sexual indulgence which takes place after a Reverend Mother shares the changed Water of Life with her community.
  • Slig ~ Livestock animal, hybrid of a large slug and a pig, considered a delicacy.
  • Snooper, Poison ~ "Radiation analyzer within the olfactory spectrum and keyed to detect poisonous substances"[55].
  • Solido ~ "Three-dimensional image from a solido projector using 360-degree reference signals imprinted on a shigawire reel"[56].
  • Soostone ~ Valuable iridescent gem produced on Buzzell by the abraded carapaces of monoped sea creatures called Cholisters, much in the manner of pearls.
  • Spacing Guild ~ Powerful organization with a monopoly on space travel and transport due to their Navigators.
  • Spice agony ~ Fremen version of the ritual used by the Bene Gesserit to create Reverend Mothers, using the Water of Life instead of melange.
  • Steersman ~ Title given to Guild Navigators.
  • Stillsuit ~ "Body-enclosing garment" of Fremen design which performs the "functions of heat dissipation and filtering bodily wastes", as well as retaining and reclaiming moisture[57].
  • Stone burner ~ Atomic weapon, the explosion and radiation of which can be precisely adjusted depending on the desired effect. Stone burners emit "J-Rays", a form of radiation that has an affinity for destroying the eyes of anyone surviving the initial radiation blast.
  • Suk School ~ Medical school whose Imperial Conditioning is the highest conditioning against taking human life; initiates are marked by a diamond tattoo on the forehead and wear a silver Suk ring in their hair.
  • Suspensor ~ Any of a number of 'hovering' devices which utilize the "secondary (low-drain) phase of a Holtzman field generator" to nullify gravity "within certain limits prescribed by relative mass and energy consumption"[58].

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T

A thumper, from the Dune miniseries (2000).
A thumper, from the Dune miniseries (2000).
  • T-Probe ~ Device used to capture the thoughts of a person (living or dead) for analysis; unlike an Ixian Probe, it cannot be blocked by the substance shere.
  • Tachyon net (or tachyon web) ~ Technology (involving faster-than-light tachyon particles) used by Daniel and Marty in their attempt to track and capture the no-ship Ithaca.
  • Thinking Machines ~ Intelligent and sentient machines, created by humans, who enslaved much of humanity and eventually incited the Butlerian Jihad.
  • 'Thopter (Ornithopter) ~ "Aircraft capable of sustained wing-beat flight in the manner of birds"[59].
  • Thorse ~ A six legged pack animal bred for its stability.
  • Thumper ~ "Short stake with a spring-driven clapper at one end", placed in the sand to 'call' sandworms[60].
  • Titan ~ One of several ancient dictators whose brains were transplanted into fearsome, weaponized machine bodies to achieve immortality.
  • Truthsayer ~ Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother trained to "detect insincerity or falsehood"[61].

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U

  • Umma ~ "One of the brotherhood of prophets; a term of scorn in the Imperium, meaning any "wild" person given to fanatical prediction"[62].
  • Usul ~ Fremen word, meaning "The base of the pillar"[63]; secret "sietch name" (known only to his tribe) given to Paul Atreides upon his joining the Fremen.

V

  • Verite ~ Will-destroying narcotic from Ecaz that "renders a person incapable of falsehood"[64].
  • Voice ~ Training that allows the Bene Gesserit "to control others merely by selected tone shadings of the voice"[65].

The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ...

W

  • War of Assassins ~ Regulated form of conflict between noble houses.
  • Water of Life ~ Toxic liquid exhalation of a drowning sandworm, used by Fremen Reverend Mothers in the spice agony[66].
  • Weirding Way ~ Specialized martial art component of Bene Gesserit prana-bindu.
  • Windowplaz (or plaz) ~ Synthetic glass, used for windows (especially in aircraft and spaceships) due to its superior strength.

War of Assassins denotes a regulated form of conflict between noble houses in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... The Water Of Life is a fictional drug from Frank Herberts science-fiction novel Dune. ... In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, spice agony is an ordeal, in which an acolyte of the Bene Gesserit takes a massive overdose of the spice melange and confronts her inner self, and the selves of all her female ancestors. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ...

X

Y

  • Yali ~ "A Fremen's personal quarters within the sietch"[67].

Z

  • Zensunni ~ Ancient religious sect, ancestors of the Fremen.

Zensunni in Frank Herberts Dune series is a religious belief that is a hybrid of principles of Zen Buddhism and Sunni Islam. ...

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