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Iola Leroy

Iola Leroy  

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By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was first published in 1892. Until recently it was considered the first novel by an African American woman published in the United States. Since the novel appeared in ...
Lord Orford Horace Walpole

Lord Orford Horace Walpole  

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(fourth earl of Orford) (1717–97), fourth son of Sir Robert Walpole, travelled in France and Italy with Gray during 1739–41, and met in Florence Sir Horace Mann, who became one of his most valued ...
Advaita Vedānta

Advaita Vedānta  

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One of the major theological cum philosophical schools of the Vedānta darśana, now closely associated with the teachings of Śaṅkara (Śaṅkarācārya). The earliest identifiable Advaita text, the ...
Raymond Loewy

Raymond Loewy  

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(1893–1986)One of the most publicity conscious and productive of the American industrial designers who became feted as celebrities in the interwar years, Raymond Loewy did much to define the ...
lifesaving

lifesaving  

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Britain was the first nation in the world to adopt a comprehensive organization for saving life at sea. In 1824 a lifeboatman, William Hillary of the Isle of Man, founded the Royal National ...
excel

excel   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016

.... So spelled—not ✳excell . Cf. dispel , expel & extol . Current ratio:...

expel

expel   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016

.... So spelled—not ✳expell . Cf. dispel , excel & extol . Current ratio:...

albariño

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013

...which means literally in Spanish ‘white (wine) from the Rhine’. It was probably brought to Spain in the twelfth century by Cluniac monks, and may well be a clone of the riesling grape. Its fresh, fragrant style helped considerably towards the end of the twentieth century in dispelling the negative image of Spanish white wines as heavy, over-oaked, and often...

LIZARD cures

LIZARD cures   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Superstitions

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2003
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Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
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102 words

... cures ad 77 PLINY Natural History XXX xxx ( 1856 , V 456) A green lizard, enclosed alive in a vessel … and worn as an amulet; a method, it is said, by which recurrent fevers are often dispelled. 1873 N & Q 4th ser. XII 468–9 [Ireland] The person … takes the lizard … in his hand, licks the creature all over—head, feet, belly, legs, sides, tail; and the tongue of the person … is said to possess the power, ever afterwards, of taking the sting and pain out of a burn. Cf. FROG'S EYES ; TOAD OR FROG cures...

Chalcedony

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...] A precious stone, consisting of half-transparent quartz: so called from Chalcedon, in Asia Minor, where it was first found. Its chief varieties are agate, carnelian, cat’s -eye, chrysoprase, flint, hornstone, onyx, plasma, and sard. Albertus Magnus (book i. chap. 2) says: ‘It dispels illusions and all vain imaginations. If hung about the neck as a charm, it is a defence against enemies, and keeps the body healthful and vigorous. from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable ( 1896...

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