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  • proper n. The Eastern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the Near East.
  • proper n. The known world before the discovery of the Americas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the Eastern Hemisphere.
  • n. The combined territories of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Eastern Hemisphere, as distinguished from The Americas, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.


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  • “Aux arrets,” or confinement to one's quarters, is the most common form of punishment inflicted by Old World monarchs upon those of their kith and kin who have failed to comply with their behests, and there is scarcely a single sovereign or prince of the blood, who has not been subjected to this species of discipline at one time or another of his career.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • “He may ask why the New World tropics have toucans and hummingbirds,” MacArthur wrote, “and parts of the Old World have hornbills and sunbirds.”

    The Song of The Dodo

  • It is among the crowned heads and princes of the blood in the Old World that St. Hubert, the patron of the chase, finds his most fervent devotees, and nowhere is his cult followed with a greater degree of pomp and ceremoniousness, and, I might almost add, religious sentiment, than at the Courts of Berlin and Vienna.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • True camels, hosts of hog-like animals, true rhinoceroses, and hosts of ancestral horses, all bring North America much nearer to the Old World than it is now.

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

  • For, smit with his Old World ways, Lady Cadde Fell -- suffering Caesar!

    INTERNET WIRETAP: The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce (1993 Edition)

  • It was the natural outgrowth of the principles which the Presbyterianism of the Old World planted in her sons, the English Puritans, the Scotch Covenanters, the French Huguenots, the

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • It was her hope and dream that there should be such a General Federation of clubs as to bring in the women of the Old World with the Federation of Clubs in the New, that we might stand hand in hand together.

    Memories of Jane Cunningham Croly

  • In our excellent Old World charm, we say the little lady, she shoulds just bake corn, lie hammock, paint her eyebrow—

    Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware

  • About that time, also from the Americas, the first report of a hummingbird reached Europe; the first accurate report of an armadillo; the first report of a toucan; the first reports of giant anteaters and sloths and vicunas and one useful bird that was quickly welcomed to the Old World as a domestic, the turkey; the first report of the American bison, a giant-headed animal almost too majestic to be real.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The collapse of the Aztec and Incan kingdoms was expedited by the introduction of smallpox by Old World conquistadors.

    The Panic Virus


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