Castle Builder (A). One who entertains sanguine hopes. One who builds air-castles which have no existence except in a dreamy imagination. (See below.)
Castle in the Air A splendid edifice, but one which has no existence. In fairy tales we often have these castles built at a word, and vanishing as soon, like that built for Aladdin by the Genius of the Lamp. These air-castles are called by the French Châteaux d'Espagne, because Spain has no châteaux. We also find the expression Châteaux en Asie for a similar reason. (See Chateaux .)
Castle of Bungay (My).
Were I in my Castle of BungayAttributed to Lord Bigod of Bungay. The lines are in Camden's Britannia (edit. 1607). The events referred to in the ballad belong to the reign of Stephen or Henry II. (See Bar-Sur-Aube, page 100, col. 1.)
Castle of Indolence In the land of Drowsiness, where every sense is steeped in enervating delights. The owner of the castle was an enchanter, who deprived all who entered his domains of their energy and free-will. (Thomson: Castle of Indolence.)
Castle Terabil (or Terrible) in Arthurian legends stood in Launceston. It had a steep keep environed with a triple wall. Sometimes called Dunheved Castle. It was within ten miles of Tintagel.
Castor A hat. Castor is the Latin for a beaver, and beaver means a hat made of the beaver's skin.
Tom TrotCastor and Pollux What we call comazants. Electric flames sometimes seen in stormy weather playing about the masts of ships. If only one flame showed itself, the Romans called it Helen, and said that it portended that the worst of the storm was yet to come; but two or more luminous flames they called Castor and Pollux, and said that they boded the termination of the storm.
But when the sons of Leda shed
Their star-lamps on our vessel's head,
The storm-winds cease, the troubled spray
Falls from the rocks, clouds flee away,
And on the bosom of the deep
In peace the angry billows sleep. E. C. B.
Horace: Odes xii., 27-32.
Casuist (3 syl.). One who resolves casus conscientiæ (cases of conscience). M. le Fevre calls casuistry the art of quibbling with God.
Casus Belli (Latin). A ground for war; an occurrence warranting international hostilities.
Cat Called a familiar, from the mediæval superstition that Satan's favourite form was a black cat. Hence
witches were said to have a cat as their familiar.
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