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Lud

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A mythical king of Britain, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth's History, eldest brother of Cassivelaunus. He built walls around the city of Brutus (Trinovantum) and renamed it Caerlud ...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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29 words

... A mythical king of Britain, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth 's History (I. 17). He renamed the capital Caerlud (Lud's city) from which derives the name...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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29 words

... A mythical king of Britain, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth 's History (I. 17). He renamed the capital Caerlud (Lud's city) from which derives the name...

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

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2013

... A mythical king of Britain. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, he was the beautifier of London who was buried by ludgate , named after him. It is also suggested that the name is that of a Celtic river-god. Ludgate One of the former western gates of the City of London, first mentioned in the 12th century. It stood halfway up Ludgate Hill, was rebuilt after extensive damage in 1586 and demolished 1760–2 . It was used as a prison for several centuries. The statues of lud and his two sons that once adorned the gate are now in the entrance of St Dunstan’s...

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The Kings and Queens of Britain (2 rev. ed.)

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2009
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History, Regional and National History
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60 words

... is said by Geoffrey of Monmouth to have been the elder brother of Cassivellaunus , to have founded (or re-founded) London, and to be buried there. There is, at present, no evidence that London existed before the Roman occupation of ad 43 . Ludgate was said to have been named after him, but its earliest mention is as Lutgata c .1100–35...

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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2011
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Encyclopedias, Language reference
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... [Airport Code] Luderitz, Diaz Point airport,...

lud!

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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...! excl. a form of Lord! and similarly used in mild oaths. 1704 Cibber Careless Husband IV i: O Lud! I swear I don't like it. 1722 S. Centlivre Artifice Act II: Oh Lud! what would you have me do? 1751 Smollett Peregrine Pickle ( 1964 ) 227: O lud! O lud! (exclaimed the painter, with a loud laugh). 1762 Foote Orators in Works ( 1799 ) I 193: O Lud! it is unknown what knowledge we got. 1775 Sheridan Rivals ( 1776 ) I ii: Lud! ma'am, here is Miss Melville . 1794 Sporting Mag. May IV 124/1: Lud, Sir, I've been every where. ...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
51 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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25 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
28 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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28 words
Lud's bulwark

Lud's bulwark n.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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114 words

...'s bulwark n. [statues of the mythical King Lud and his sons used to stand on this old London gate, which the king had supposedly erected in 66BC, but it was more likely a Roman gate. Brewer , Dict. of Phrase and Fable ( 1894 ), suggests Ludgate comes from OE ludgeat , a postern, while DSUE opts for Norse ludden , thick, broad] Ludgate prison. c. 1698 B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Lud's-bulwark c. Ludgate Prison. 1725 New Canting Dict. [as cit. c. 1698 ]. 1737, 1759, 1760, 1776 Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c. 1698...

Lud, Ludd

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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

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2011

..., Ludd or Llud A mythical king of Britain. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, he was the beautifier of London, who in 66 bc built the gate that was later named in his honour. On his death he was buried nearby. It is also suggested that the name Lud is that of a Celtic river-god. Ludgate One of the former western gates of the city of London, built by the Romans c. ad 200 but not documented by name until the 12th century. Notwithstanding the legend of King Lud , the name probably derives from Old English ludgeat , ‘postern’, ‘back gate’. Ludgate...

lu̲d

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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: German-English (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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11 words
Lud

Lud  

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A mythical king of Britain, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth's History, eldest brother of Cassivelaunus. He built walls around the city of Brutus (Trinovantum) and renamed it Caerlud (Lud's city) ...
Lud’s-town

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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2016

...Lud’s-town n m 'lɤdzˌtǝʊn, ˌlɤdz'tǝʊn sp Luds-Towne 4 ...

Lud's unlucky gate

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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63 words

...'s unlucky gate n. [ see Lud's bulwark n. ] Ludgate Prison, mainly used for debtors. 1617 J. Taylor ‘Iacke a Lent’ in Works ( 1869 ) I 119: Twenty citizens […] shall take vp their lodgings in Luds vnlucky gate. 1619 J. Taylor ‘A Kicksey Winsey’ in Works ( 1869 ) II 38: 'Twas their unhappy fate / The Counters, or King Lud 's unlucky...

Nudd

Nudd  

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Nudd was a Welsh king who is a cognate of Lludd Eireint (“Ludd Silver Hand”), making him a likely equivalent of the Irish Nuada Airgedlamh (Nuada Silver Hand). This was Geoffrey of Monmouth's King ...
Geography

Geography  

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Geographical details are imparted only indirectly in the Bible, for instance in the verse: ‘I will set a sign among them, and send from them survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud—that ...
Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair  

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(1943– ),British novelist, short‐story writer, non‐fiction author, poet, and film‐maker, born in Cardiff, educated in Dublin. An influential poet, with collections including Lud Heat (1975) and ...
Brutus

Brutus  

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The extraordinary legend that Britain had been ‘founded’ by Brutus, great‐grandson of Aeneas of Troy, haunted men's imagination for centuries. Geoffrey of Monmouth, in the 12th cent., related how ...

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