By Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Brewer's Dictionary of word & Fable has been a lot enjoyed for its wit and knowledge considering 1870. This iconic reference ebook will take you on a charming event via its exact mix of language, tradition, fable and legend.
This newest version, edited by means of Susie Dent, comprises an interesting complement of Brewer's Gems--facts, fables and curiosities from Brewer collections of past.
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Open no door. ” — Ben Jonson: Every Man out of his Humour, v. 4. Ademar or Ademaro (in Jerusalem Delivered). Archbishop of Poggio, an ecclesiastical warrior, who with William, Archbishop of Orange, besought Pope Urban on his knees that he might be sent on the crusade. ). ). Adept properly means one who has attained (from the Latin, adeptus, participle of adipiscor). The alchemists applied the term vere adeptus, to those persons who professed to have “attained to the knowledge of” the elixir of life or of the philosopher's stone.
A sugar—loaf hat, such as was worn by the Albanians in the sixteenth century. Albano Stone or Peperino used by the Romans in building; a volcanic tufa quarried at Albano. Albany Scotland. ) Albati The white brethren. Certain Christian fanatics of the fourteenth century, so called because they dressed in white. Also the recently baptised. ) Albatross The largest of webfooted birds, called by sailors the Cape Sheep, from its frequenting the Cape of Good Hope. It gorges itself, and then sits motionless upon the waves.
Agrarian Law from the Latin ager (land), is a law for making land the common property of a nation, and not the particular property of individuals. In a modified form, it means a redistribution of land, giving to each citizen a portion. Agrimony The older spelling was Argemony, and Pliny calls it argemonia, from the Greek argemos, a white speck on the eye, which this plant was supposed to cure. ) Ague—cheek Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a straight—haired country squire, stupid even to silliness, self—conceited, living to eat, and wholly unacquainted with the world of fashion.