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thogchag

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Archaeology, History
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59 words

...[Ar] Tibetan talisman made of bronze or meteoric iron worn around the neck, in amulet pouches, or tied to religious items to dispel evil and attract good. Thogchags are believed to have been magically formed and to have fallen from the sky. Some are used by shamans; the earliest known examples date back to the 3rd millennium bc...

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...

Nepenthe

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The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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72 words

... [Leg. & Folk.] An Egyptian drug believed to make people forget their sorrows. In the *Odyssey it is used by *Helen and described as ‘a drug that dispelled all grief and anger and banished remembrance of every trouble’. > Anything that causes people to forget grief and anger Beer is a fine nepenthe. It makes us all jolly and forgetful of our troubles. Lynetta Rasmussen A Bay and a Barge ...

Spinoza, Baruch

Spinoza, Baruch (1632–77)   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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84 words

...Christianity and eventually flee to the relative religious freedom of the Netherlands. Spinoza argued that all mind and matter were modes of the one key substance, which he called either God or Nature. In Ethics ( 1677 ), he held that free will was an illusion that would be dispelled by man's recognition that every event has a...

Robinson, Marilynne

Robinson, Marilynne (1943– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...and essayist Housekeeping ( 1980 ) Fiction Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution ( 1989 ) Non-Fiction The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Gilead ( 2004 ) Fiction Home ( 2008 ) Fiction Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self ( 2010 ) Non-Fiction When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays ( 2012 ) Non-Fiction Lila ( 2014 ) ...

LIZARD cures

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
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...

Fudō Myō-ō

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
Length:
75 words

...guardians of temples and esoteric ritual sites ( see esoteric Buddhism ), and manifest extremely fierce and angry countenances and attitudes. Despite their frightening appearance, their primary motivation is compassion ( karuṇā ): they protect the Buddhist teachings in order to dispel ignorance (avidyā) and bondage and allow beings to find...

Clements, E.C.

Clements, E.C. (1875)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
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83 words

...the judicial service ( 1898–1928 ) of the old Bombay Province. Clements, along with K.B. Deval , founded the Philharmonic Society of Western India in 1912 . He was in close contact with V.N. Bhatkhande and other stalwarts. His work is a pioneering modern statement aimed at dispelling Western prejudices about Indian...

Hawarden kite

Hawarden kite   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
78 words

...'s son Herbert that his father was about to declare his support for Irish home rule . Gladstone, then privately entreating the Tories to take up the home rule issue, immediately repudiated the statement when it appeared in the London press on 17 December 1885 , but failed to dispel the impression that he had inspired it. The kite served to clarify the division in British politics on the home rule question. James...

Bunge, William

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Human Geography
Length:
101 words

...manifesto for geography’s post-1945 Quantitative Revolution . By 1968 , however, he argued for a more political form of scholarship devoted to bettering the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. His Detroit ( 1968 ) and Toronto ( 1973 ) geographical expeditions were designed to dispel the ignorance (as he and co-expeditionists saw it) that most North Americans had about poor inner-city neighbourhoods ( see Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute...

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