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  • noun archaic The skull or cranium, hence, the head or brain.


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  • I could swear I hear beans rattling around inside her brain-pan every time I see her speak on TV.

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  • The imaginary river that fecundates the flood-plain in the brain-pan belongs to the simulacral Troy, parvam Troiam, that Andromache builds in the Aeneid, in captivity, after her city was destroyed.

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  • No difference has ever been found among sound brains that have been dissected; indeed, it is very likely that the brain-pan of a blockhead would be found in a better state than that of Archimedes, which has been prodigiously fatigued, and may be worn and contracted.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Our space-ship Aniara travels on in something that does not possess a brain-pan and does not even need the stuff of brains.

    Harry Martinson: Catching the Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos

  • The narrator explains that Sancho is a labourer ‘without much salt in his brain-pan’.

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  • The narrator explains that Sancho is a labourer ‘without much salt in his brain-pan’.

    Spanish Inquisition: Part One

  • “And a hard word it is,” said Richie, “as my brain-pan kens at this blessed moment.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Our modern brain-pan does not seem capable as yet of receiving, sorting, and storing the vast army of facts and impressions which present themselves daily.

    Jennie Gerhardt

  • A couple of good whacks, fracturing the skull and causing bleeding in the brain-pan.

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  • “Were I your master, sirrah,” said Lord Dalgarno, “I would make your brain-pan, as you call it, boil over, were you to speak a word in my presence before you were spoken to.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel


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