Eluding: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases

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Icon Group International, Incorporated, Nov 26, 2008 - 64 pages
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Use in Literature CondorsThe Condor is supposed to be the largest bird of prey hitherto known.ndash;Joel Barlow in The Columbiad.Ye mountain vultures, here your food explore, Tigers and condors, all ye gods of gore, In these rich fields, beneath your frowning sky, A plenteous feast shall every god supply.ndash;Joel Barlow in The Columbiad.Similarly eagles, condors, hawks, vultures, and owls are known to ornithology as 'birds of prey,' but the analogous differences are as great.ndash;Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky in From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan.Oratorically you soar like the condor when its shadow falls upon the highest peaks of the Andes, but logically you grope among the pestilential shadows of an intellectual Dismal Swamp, ever mistaking shadow for substance.ndash;William Cowper Brann in Brann The Iconoclast, vol 1.The vulture here referred to is better known as the California condor, a great bird of prey which is now so nearly extinct that few specimens are ever seen, and the eggs command a great price from those who make collections of such objects.ndash;Noah Brooks in First Across the Continent.Very few of the condors of the Andes are much larger than this, though one measuring eleven feet from tip to tip has been reported.ndash;Noah Brooks in First Across the Continent.As a little child she had never been frightened of bad weather; she would beg to be taken up on deck in the bosom of his oilskin coat to watch the big seas hurling themselves upon the Condor.ndash;Joseph Conrad in End of the Tether.I noticed that several hours before any one of the condors died, all the lice, with which it was infested, crawled to the outside feathers.ndash;Charles Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle (A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World).The condor lays a couple of eggs and the ostrich a score, and yet in the same country the condor may be the more numerous of the two.ndash;Charles Darwin in Origin of Species (6th ed).The condor is a great vulture of South America; the word here suggests the Fates preying on human happiness, health, and life.ndash;J. Montgomery Gambrill in Selections from Poe.

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