Chiabreresco to Children
Chiabreresco (Italian). Poetry formed on the Greek model; so called from Gabriel Chiabrera, surnamed the Pindar of Italy (1552-1637).
Chiar-oscuro [pronounce ke-ar-ros-ku'-ro . A style of painting now called black and white.
Chiar-oscuro ... is the art of representing light in shadow and shadow in light, so that the parts represented in shadow shall still have the clearness and warmth of those in light; and those in light, the depth and softness of those in shadow.- Chambers: Encyclopædia, iii. p. 171.Chibiabos The musician; the harmony of nature personified. He teaches the birds to sing and the brooks to warble as they flow. All the many sounds of nature borrow sweetness from his singing.
Very dear to HiawathaChibouque (A). A smoking-pipe with a long tube, used in the East (Turkish).
Chic Fashionable; comme il faut; the mode. This is an archaic French word in vogue in the seventeenth
century. It really is the Spanish chico, little, also a little boy, and chica, a little girl or darling. Similarly,
wee in Scotch is a loving term of admiration and pride. (Chic is an abbreviation of the German geschickt,
Juse de mots de l'art, je met en marge hic;Avoir le chic. To have the knack of doing the thing smartly.
Chicard and chicandard = elegant, de grand style, are very common expressions with artists.
Chichivache (3 syl.). French for the sorry cow, a monster that lived only on good women- all skin and
bone, because its food was so extremely scarce. The old English romancers invented another monster,
which they called Bicorn, as fat as the other was lean; but, luckily, he had for food good and enduring
husbands, of which there is no lack. (See Bicorn )
O noble wyvës, full of heigh prudence,The French chiche-face means thin-face. Lydgate wrote a poem entitled Bycorne and Chichevache.
Chick-a-biddy (A). A child's name for a young chicken, and a mother's word of endearment to her
young child. Biddy is merely the call of a child, bid-bid-bid-bid to a chicken.
Do you, sweet Rob? Do you truly, chickabiddy?-Dickens: Dombey and Son.Chicken (plural chickens ). It is quite a mistake to suppose chickens to be a double plural. The Anglo-Saxon is cicen, plural cicen-u. We have a few plural forms in-en, as ox-en, brack-en, children, brethren, hosen, and eyen; but of these children and brethren are not the most ancient forms. Chick is a mere contraction of chicken.
The old plural forms of child are child-r-e, dialectic child-er; children is a later form. The old plural forms of brother are brothru, brothre, brethre; later forms are brethren and brothres (now brothers).
Children and chicken must always be pickin'. Are always hungry and ready to eat food.
To count your chickens ere they are hatched (Hudibras). To anticipate profits before they come. One of Æsop's fables describes a market woman saying she would get so much for her eggs, with the money she would buy a goose; the goose in time would bring her so much, with which she would buy a cow, and so on; but in her excitement she kicked over her basket, and all her eggs were broken. The Latins said, Don't sing your song of triumph before you have won the victory (ante victoriam canere triumphum). Don't crow till you are out of the wood has a similar meaning. (See page 36, col. 2, Alnaschar's Dream)
Curses like chickens come home to roost. (See under Curses)
Mother Carey's chickens. (See Mother Carey)
She's no chicken. Not young. The young child as well as the young fowl is called a chicken or chick.
Chicken of St. Nicholas (The). So the Piedmontese call the ladybird, or little red beetle with spots of black, called by the Russians God's little cow, and by the Germans, God's little horse sent as a messenger of love.
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