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LIZARD cures

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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...

Bunge, William

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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2013
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Social sciences, Human Geography
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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...

ngapi nut

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The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)

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...Burma (where its name indicates that it smells like the Burmese fermented fish paste, ngapi ) and Indonesia. The wine-red young shoots and the flowers are also eaten. The ‘nuts’, which are seeds borne in large pods, are served as a side dish in Java. Their offensive smell is dispelled when they are cooked. A popular treatment is to cook ripe seeds and then pound them into flat cakes which are sun-dried, fried, sprinkled with salt, and served as one of the side dishes called emping ( see gnetum...

Security

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

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...Security blanket Something that dispels anxiety, such as an appointment diary carried on the person. The expression evolved in the 1960s from the blanket or piece of cloth held by a young child to reduce anxiety. An entirely different security blanket is an official sanction imposed on information to maintain secrecy on a particular matter. Security risk Governmental security is concerned with the prevention of leakages of confidential information, and ‘a security risk’ denotes a person of questionable loyalty, whose background and associations make...

Less Economically Developed Country

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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2013
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128 words

...Economically Developed Country ( LEDC ) A low-income or economically poorer country; the term is generally applied to countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The inclusion of the adjective ‘economically’ is designed to dispel the notion that such countries are somehow backward or primitive relative to others. LEDC has replaced earlier terms such as Least or Less Developed Country over the past 30 years. The World Bank categorizes countries according to their per capita Gross National Income (GNI) into four groups (see Table 1). Table 1 World Bank...

Christian Science

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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...and his message is that the power of Mind (Truth, God, Spirit) overcomes illusions of sin, sickness, and death. The followers of Christian Science attempt to end the illusory conflict of mind and body by unceasing prayer and “the understanding of Truth and Love,” which will dispel the belief in disease or the supposition that any evil can emanate from God. The Church of Christ, Scientist, founded at Boston ( 1879 ), since 1892 has been known as the Mother Church. Other churches are self-governing and self-supporting, but all accept Mrs. Eddy 's tenets....

Christian Science

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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2002
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159 words

...and his message is that the power of Mind (Truth, God, Spirit) overcomes illusions of sin, sickness, and death. The followers of Christian Science attempt to end the illusory conflict of mind and body by unceasing prayer and “the understanding of Truth and Love,” which will dispel the belief in disease or the supposition that any evil can emanate from God. The Church of Christ, Scientist, founded at Boston ( 1879 ), since 1892 has been known as the Mother Church. Other churches are self-governing and self-supporting, but all accept Mrs. Eddy’s tenets....

RAINBOW, ‘crossing out’

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
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..., ‘crossing out’ 1858 DENHAM North of England ( 1895 , 58) When a schoolboy I recollect that we were wont, on the appearance of a rainbow, to place a couple of straws or twigs on the ground in the form of a +, in order to dispel the sign in the heavens, or, as we termed it, to ‘cross out the rainbow’. 1890 N & Q 7th ser. X 366. You can cross them out … make them go away by making a cross on the ground, like what Christ's cross was … We used to do it when we were children; but I don't do it now. I'm afraid it's wicked. 1948 E. & M. A. RADFORD ...

Carabidae

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A Dictionary of Zoology (4 ed.)

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...Tiger beetles ( Cicindela species, which some authorities classify as a family, Cicindellidae) are thought to be the fastest-running land beetles, with speeds of almost 2.4 km per hour. Bombardier beetles ( Brachinus species) deter attackers with puffs of caustic chemicals, dispelled audibly from the abdomen. There are 25 000 species, distributed world-wide. ...

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