A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (Google eBook)

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Harper & brothers, 1882 - English language - 616 pages
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Page 132 - ... the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger...
Page 408 - Rhumb, a line for directing a ship's course on a chart ; a point of the compass. (F. Span. - L. Gk.) See Rumb in Phillips. F. rumb,
Page 297 - The word is imitative, from the sound mum or mom, used by nurses to frighten or amuse children, at the same time pretending to cover their faces.
Page 91 - Port, and Span, coco, a bugbear, an ugly mask to frighten children ; hence applied to the cocoa-nut on account of the monkey-like face at the base of the nut.
Page 190 - Average (Lat. averagium, from averia, ie cattle) signifies service which the tenant owes the king or other lord, by horse or ox, or by carriage with either...
Page 559 - Whig is a shortened form of whiggamor, applied to certain Scotchmen who came from the west to buy corn at Leith ; from the word whiggam, employed by these men in driving their horses. A march to Edinburgh made by Argyle was called ' the whiggamor's inroad/ and afterwards those who were opposed to the court came to be called whigs.
Page 293 - On mortgage Prof. Skeat ('Etym. Diet.') quotes Webster: " It was called a mortgage or dead pledge, because, whatever profit it might yield, it did not thereby redeem itself, but became lost or dead to the mortgagee on breach of the condition." So Littleton (sect. 332) says the land " is taken from him for ever, and is dead to him...

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