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  • A limber is a two-wheeled cart designed to support the trail of an artillery piece, or the stock of a field carriage such as a caisson or traveling forge, allowing it to be towed. The trail is the hinder end of the stock of a gun-carriage, which rests or slides on the ground when the carriage is unlimbered.1

    A caisson is a two-wheeled cart designed to carry artillery ammunition.2 The British term was "ammunition wagon". Caissons are used to bear the casket of the deceased in some state and military funerals in certain Western cultures, including the United States.

    September 14, 2017

  • Having no nape.

    September 14, 2017

  • OED:

    mallender, n.

    Forms: lME malandere, lME malaundyr, lME malawnder, 15 malandre, 15


    Etymology: < Middle French malandre a sore behind a horse's knee

    (c... )

    Veterinary Med. Now rare.

    Originally: †a sore located behind a horse's knee (obs.). Later

    (in pl. and †sing.): a kind of chronic dermatitis of horses,

    characterized by the presence of such sores.

    mallendered adj. Obs. suffering from mallenders.

    1696 London Gaz. No. 3248/4, A strong..Rigil Horse,..malender'd

    on the near leg.

    September 14, 2017

  • Portuguese

    Alternative forms



    almagre m (plural almagres)

    almagra (a deep red ochre found in Spain)

    September 14, 2017

  • A stay is a guy-rope (now steel

    cable) that stops the mast moving fore-and-aft often one to the bow and

    one to the stern from the top of (or near the top of) the mast. For some

    reason the same things that prevent side-to-side motion are called

    shrouds. Sails attached to the stay (i.e. between the mainsail and

    foresail) are called stay-sails. How that translates to a cart I have NO


    In this photo

    the staysail is flying, the main and foresails are wrapped up in brown


    September 14, 2017

  • The SLEAR - 1 is an automatic blanking machine designed to produce finished blanks or sheets from coil stock. The coil stock can be slit by the slitting section to obtain the correct width or to provide multiple blanks.

    Perhaps means to sheet away from?

    September 10, 2017

  • A board placed across a bath for sitting.

    September 10, 2017

  • Scare crow.

    September 10, 2017

  • quarterwise- at a forty-five degree angle; perhaps also kitty-corner.

    September 10, 2017

  • The Roxburghshire word-book: being a record of the special

    vernacular ...‎

    by George Watson - Foreign Language Study - 1923 - 344 pages

    Page 199

    Having one leg over the other, tailor-wise.

    September 10, 2017

  • scurvid is not in any dictionary; McCarthy seems to have made the word up himself with the (supposedly no longer active) suffix '-id' tacked on to 'scurvy.' So, scurvid probably means despicable and diseased, in context. (p97)

    September 10, 2017

  • Horn-spread definition, (of a horned creature) the distance between the outermost tips of the horns.

    September 10, 2017

  • hitching rail. I like the walkway behind this one- keeps it away from the building, and provides space to safely approach tied horses.

    September 10, 2017

  • Alternative forms



    dead +‎ cart


    deadcart (plural deadcarts)

    (historical) A cart for transporting the bodies of the dead in times of plague.

    September 10, 2017

  • bung starter. : a wooden mallet used for loosening the bung of a cask

    September 10, 2017

  • Marks a bullet makes when shot.

    September 10, 2017

  • haulm

    or halm




    stems or stalks collectively, as of grain or of peas, beans, or hops, especially as used for litter or thatching.


    a single stem or stalk.

    September 10, 2017

  • Noun. (plural trundle carts). A form of wheelbarrow that is pulled rather than pushed; A fourteenth century wheelchair of similar form.

    September 10, 2017

  • Mouthful.

    September 10, 2017

  • Mouthfull.

    September 10, 2017

  • Etymology

    hind +‎ side


    hindside (plural hindsides)

    (dialect) backside

    September 10, 2017

  • Fire of a forge.

    September 10, 2017

  • Ceanothus cuneatus is a species of flowering shrub known by the common names buckbrush and wedgeleaf ceanothus.

    September 10, 2017

  • I remember that Robert Graves in an essay called, I think, Mother Goose's Lost Goslings suggests that the rhyme which starts:

    " Grey Goose and Gander

    Waft your wings together,

    Carry the Good King's Daughter

    Over the One Strand River."

    is a corruption of

    " Grey Goose and Ganer

    Wap your wings together,

    And bear ye the good king's baner

    Over the One-Strand River."

    Graves argued that the poem was actually a Scottish lament for the death of King James IV at the Battle of Flodden Field.

    He said that wap was what wild geese do with their wings in flight - I can't remember if it had two p's or one. He also talked about the lugubrious noise made by the geese. The theory is quite striking and the essay famous. Perhaps McCarthy has read it.

    September 10, 2017

  • Shaft of a loom.

    September 10, 2017

  • /ˈfelōz/


    plural noun: felloes; plural noun: fellies

    the outer rim of a wheel, to which the spokes are fixed.

    September 10, 2017

  • purlieu


    1The area near or surrounding a place.

    ‘the photogenic purlieus of Cambridge’

    1.1 A person's usual haunts.

    2British historical A tract on the border of a forest, especially one earlier included in it and still partly subject to forest laws.

    ‘they wished the purlieus to be completely free from the Forest law’

    September 10, 2017

  • A dike is "a sheet of rock that formed in a crack in a pre-existing rock


    The climbers' use of "trap dike" seems to be for a formation where the

    rock of the dike has eroded faster than the surrounding rock to form a

    substantial crevice.

    This is a trap dike:


    September 10, 2017

  • Resembling a razor.

    September 10, 2017

  • Shot-pouches. ... B, pouch (shot-belt) for two sizes of shot: a, a', pouches; b, strap for attachment to the person of the sportsman; c, c', nozzles, each with a single spring gate. The charge is measured in the detachable charger d." -Whitney, 1911

    September 10, 2017

  • Deathcamas or death camas refers to several species of flowering plant in the tribe Melanthieae. The name alludes to the great similarity of appearance between these toxic plants, which were formerly classified together in the genus Zigadenus, and the edible camases (Camassia), with which they also often share habitat. Other common names for these plants include deadly zigadene, hog potato and mystery-grass.

    September 10, 2017

  • Generally, you don't run the reins through anything because that does limit their flexibility to be wherever you might need them at any time....but... if one is truly worried about losing them altogether out of the carriage, one can buckle a simple spur strap around the rein rail on the dashboard to create a big loop, and run one rein through the loop. That acts as a prevention to loss - as long as the driving reins are buckled, and the loop can travel the entire length of the rein rail to facilitate the use of the rein. But it does limit the free range of motion for the rein somewhat.

    Some people will attach a "trailing rein" to the buckled ends of the driving reins - rather like a thin long leather lead rope attached - and that rein will remain in the carriage, dangling down to the floor with the bight held firmly under the driver's foot, so that if the driving reins go overboard, the trailing rein will keep the driving reins from being lost completely.

    Now, if you ever do lose your driving reins, you better hope your animal responds to the verbal "whoa" because there ain't a lot you can do to retrieve those reins short of leaping out of the vehicle, or hoping the reins will run under a wheel to bring the animal up short (nasty on the mouth, tho) so you can leap out and grab them. If you have a groom, you can always put them down to run up to the horse (or pair) to grab the trailing reins.

    September 10, 2017

  • Another form of the word drizzling.

    September 10, 2017

  • Panicum (panicgrass)2 is a large genus of about 450 species of grasses native throughout the tropical regions of the world, with a few species extending into the northern temperate zone. They are often large, annual or perennial grasses, growing to 1–3 m tall.34

    The flowers are produced in a well-developed panicle often up to 60 cm in length with numerous seeds, which are 1–6 mm long and 1–2 mm broad. The fruits are developed from a two-flowered spikelet. Only the upper floret of each spikelet is fertile; the lower floret is sterile or staminate. Both glumes are present and well developed.5678910

    Australia has 29 native and 9 introduced species of Panicum.111213

    Well-known Panicum species include proso millet and switchgrass.

    September 10, 2017

  • Alternative forms

    wastine, guastine


    gastine f (oblique plural gastines, nominative singular gastine, nominative plural gastines)

    pillaging; looting

    wasteland; deserted, barren area


    Middle French: gastine

    French: gâtine

    → Middle English: wastin, wasteyn, wastine, wasteyne

    September 10, 2017

  • Shotgun

    September 10, 2017

  • Verb


    simple past tense and past participle of noon

    September 10, 2017

  • Vae victis (IPA: ˈwai ˈwiktiːs) is Latin for "woe to the vanquished", or "woe to the conquered".

    September 4, 2017

  • I (death) too am present in Arcadia

    August 9, 2017

  • The pulse of the heart felt though the skin.

    August 9, 2017

  • Condemned or damned earth or ground

    August 9, 2017

  • The bit ring is the ring on the side of a horse's bit, particularly on a snaffle bit. It is used as a point of attachment for the cheekpieces of the bridle and for the reins.

    August 9, 2017

  • A goad, from Middle-English.

    August 9, 2017

  • I take it to mean something carved or carved-like.

    "A carvern face"

    August 9, 2017

  • Define sally gate: a minor gate or passage (as in the wall of a fort) used to avoid opening major gates.

    August 9, 2017

  • "Young Blasarius yonder, he said."

    by Knoxvillage1982 flag this content

    Blasarius is an archaic legal term for an incendiary, a person guilty of arson.

    The Judge may be refering to the kid's participation in burning down the hotel in Nacogdoches.

    August 9, 2017

  • A tapadero, sometimes referred to as a "hooded stirrup," is leather cover over the front of a stirrup on a saddle that closes each stirrup from the front.

    August 9, 2017

  • A small copper coin used in 19th century Mexico worth 1/8 of a real.

    August 9, 2017

  • Bag of Moonshine

    Definition: Illusion; nonsense

    - G.F. Northall's Warwickshire Word Book, 1896

    July 13, 2017

  • Brum

    Definition: without money; from latin bruma, midwinter, denoting the extremity of bareness in a boy's pocket.

    William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1183

    July 13, 2017

  • Gizzen

    Definition: To grin audibly.

    -C.Clough Robinson's Glossary of Words Pertaining to the Dialect of Mid-Yorkshire, 1876

    July 13, 2017

  • Glazzen dlaaz-u'n, v. a. to glaze, or furnish with window-glass

    July 13, 2017

  • rotten logging: a term used when romantic couples sit on a log by moonlight to court.

    July 13, 2017

  • A French hood is a wide hair-band covering the ears. Ladies edged their hoods with decorative jewels or “billiments” and wore jewels in their hair.

    December 15, 2016

  • The word used for its extent is "spassitude"; a five-dimensional object has length, width, height, spissitude, and spassitude.

    September 27, 2016

  • A male Asian elephant's smell switches from mellifluous to malodorous as he matures, say researchers. A honeyed aroma keeps young males out of trouble; a rank pong signals their readiness for sex and violence.

    Musth is the pachyderm equivalent of US college students' spring break. From their late teens onwards, male elephants' testosterone levels surge for a month each year, making them sex-crazed and aggressive.

    For males in their early teens, musth is a much sweeter experience. They smell "like a mixture of flowers", says Bets Rasmussen, who studies chemical communication at Oregon Health and Science University in Beaverton. Ancient Hindu poetry describes bees flocking to these secretions, which are produced by a gland just below an elephant's eye.

    Young males' exudates do indeed contain several chemicals also present in honey, Rasmussen and her colleagues have found1. Indians have long recognized this state, giving it the Hindi name 'moda'.

    Moda males seem to be broadcasting their immaturity and unwillingness to fight for dominance and mates. Mature males ignore the sweet smells of youth, the researchers found. And the young males steer clear of musth odours.

    A 25-year old bull in musth "smells like a thousand male goats in a pen", says Rasmussen. "It's acrid and very penetrating - if you get some on your finger it won't wash off. It really is stinky." Males moving from moda to musth smell of a clover and skunk cocktail.

    Elephants live in close-knit, long-lasting groups, and are in constant communication. Moda smells might indicate that a male is growing up, but not yet fully mature, says Rasmussen. She is now investigating whether African elephants go through moda.

    September 9, 2016

  • Savant Syndrome (Savantisim)

    August 28, 2016

  • Rule by literature?

    August 28, 2016

  • Wandering over hills and mountains.

    August 9, 2016

  • The casting of an evil eye.

    August 9, 2016

  • traveling from place to place.

    "itinerant traders"

    synonyms: traveling, peripatetic, wandering, roving, roaming, touring, saddlebag, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, vagrant, vagabond, of no fixed address

    "itinerant traders"

    July 13, 2016

  • T.E Lawrence uses it to mean "stouter"

    July 8, 2016

  • White skinned

    May 1, 2015

  • To beat up

    April 28, 2015

  • A flogging

    April 20, 2015

  • Another word for blackbirds in general.

    July 2, 2013

  • Another word for the animal known as the agouti.

    July 2, 2013

  • means hedgehog

    June 25, 2013

  • See: draconitis

    June 25, 2013

  • See: draconitis

    June 25, 2013

  • The draconitis is the stone produced from the brain of the dragon, but unless the head of the animal is cut off while it is alive, the stone will not assume the form of a gem, but the dragon will destroy it.

    June 25, 2013

  • Means: Tear-shaped

    June 25, 2013

  • Means: tear-shaped

    June 25, 2013

  • The meaning for this word is unknown, but as seen in context it seems to indicate playing an instrument with glee

    "O the hoot! O the hoot!

    How he trillups on his flute!

    O the hoot of Tinfang Warble!"

    June 24, 2013

  • Means: surrounded with a halo, (the word is only recorded in the O.E.D. in a poem by Francis Thompson, 1897).

    June 24, 2013

  • Means: abnormal attachment to home.

    June 24, 2013

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