Calandrino to Caligula
Calandrino A typical simpleton frequently introduced in Boccaccio's Decameron; expressly made to be befooled and played upon.
Calatrava (Red Cross Knights of). Instituted at Calatrava, in Spain, by Sancho III. of Castile in 1158; their badge is a red cross cut out in the form of lilies, on the left breast of a white mantle.
Calauri'a Pro Delo Calauria (Ovid: Metamorphoses, vii. 384). Calauria was an island in the Sinus Saronicus which Latona gave to Neptune in exchange for Delos. A quid pro quo.
Calceolaria Little-shoe flowers; so called from their resemblance to fairy slippers. (Latin, calceolus.)
Calceos mutavit He has changed his shoes, that is, has become a senator. Roman senators were distinguished by their shoes, which were sandalled across the instep and up the ankles.
Calculate is from the Latin calculi (pebbles), used by the Romans for counters. In the abacus, the
round balls were called calculi, and it was by this instrument the Roman boys were taught to count and
calculate. The Greeks voted by pebbles dropped into an urn- a method adopted both in ancient Egypt
and Syria; counting these pebbles was calculating the number of voters. (See page 2, col. 1, Abacus
Your aunt sets two tables, I calculate; don't she?- Susan Warner: Queechy (vol. i. chap. xix.)
Buxton, being asked `How many cubical eighths-of-an-inch there are in a body whose three sides are 23,145,786 yards, 5,642,732 yards, and 54,965 yards?' replied correctly without setting down a figure.
Colburn, being asked the square root of 106,929 and the cube root 268,336,125, replied before the audience had set the figures down.- Price: Parallel History, vol. ii. p. 570.
Caleb The enchantress who carried off St. George in infancy.
And, therefore, in the name of dulness, be
Caleb Quotem A parish clerk or jack-of-all-trades, in Colman's play called The Review, or Wags of
Windsor, which first appeared in 1808. Colman borrowed the character from a farce by Henry Lee (1798)
entitled Throw Physic to the Dogs.
I resolved, like Caleb Quotem, to have a place at the review.- Washington Irving.
Caledon Scotland. (See next article.)
Not thus, in ancient days of Caledon,
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