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  • noun Plural form of grimalkin.

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Examples

  • The grimalkins are a tad testy over the notion of Sarah as Veep.

    The Latest on Air America 2008

  • Hadst thou seen how the two tabbies and the young grimalkins looked at one another, at my Lord, and at me, by turns, thou would have been ready to split thy ugly face just in the middle.

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006

  • Usually, they are grimalkins to fill one with pity or with repulsion.

    The Plumed Serpent 2003

  • To sit in a London drawing-room, and add another to all the grimalkins?

    The Plumed Serpent 2003

  • And they remained these grey-ribbed grimalkins, dressed in elegant clothes, the grimalkin howl even passing into their smart chatter.

    The Plumed Serpent 2003

  • ā€˜Does your highness know what the grimalkins are saying?ā€™ and the song broke forth again louder than ever.

    The Crimson Fairy Book 2003

  • Valladolid, he thought of "those pale, smiling, half-foreign priests who, like stealthy grimalkins, traversed green England in all directions" under the persecution of Elizabeth.

    George Borrow The Man and His Books Edward Thomas 1897

  • As long as I talk of cat-tail rushes, the homeless grimalkins of the areas and the back fences help me to a vision of the swamps thickly studded with their stiff spears; but if I called them 'Typha Latifolia', or even 'Typha

    Short Stories and Essays (from Literature and Life) William Dean Howells 1878

  • As long as I talk of cat-tail rushes, the homeless grimalkins of the areas and the back fences help me to a vision of the swamps thickly studded with their stiff spears; but if I called them 'Typha Latifolia', or even 'Typha

    Literature and Life (Complete) William Dean Howells 1878

  • Those who have taken the story of the Kilkenny cats in its literal sense have done grievous injustice to the character of the grimalkins of the "faire cittie," who are really quite as demure and quietly disposed a race of tabbies as it is in the nature of any such animals to be.

    Notes and Queries, Number 35, June 29, 1850 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc Various 1852

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