Definitions

Sorry, no definitions found.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Also what was called "apple-howling" used to be practised in various counties of England on New-Year's eve.

    Excursions

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • That's the problem with the States today: not enough apple-howling. Thanks, bilby. :-)

    December 14, 2007

  • "Also what was called apple-howling used to be practised in various counties of England on New-Year's eve. A troop of boys visited the different orchards, and, encircling the apple-trees, repeated the following words:--
    "Stand fast, root! bear well, top!
    Pray God send us a good howling crop:
    Every twig, apples big;
    Every bow, apples enow!"

    "They then shout in chorus, one of the boys accompanying them on a cow's horn. During this ceremony they rap the trees with their sticks." This is called "wassailing" the trees, and is thought by some to be "a relic of the heathen sacrifice to Pomona."
    Herrick sings,--
    "Wassaile the trees that they may beare
    You many a plum and many a peare;
    For more or less fruits they will bring
    As you so give them wassailing."

    - Henry David Thoreau

    December 13, 2007