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  • 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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