Colours to Comazants
Colours National colours -
If they catch you at disadvantage, the mines for your life is the word; and so we fight them with our colours nailed to the mast.- Sir W. Scott: The Pirate, chap. xxi.
Colour-blindness Incapacity of discerning one colour from another. The term was introduced by Sir David Brewster. It is of three sorts: (1) inability to discern any colours, so that everything is either black or white, shade or light; (2) inability to distinguish between primary colours, as red, blue, and yellow; or secondary colours, as green, purple, and orange; and (3) inability to distinguish between such composite colours as browns, greys, and neutral tints. Except in this one respect, the colour-blind may have excellent vision.
Colour Sergeant A sergeant who carries or has charge of the regimental colours.
Colour (verb). To colour up, to turn red in the face; to blush.
Coloured Frontispiece by Phiz (A). A blush.
Colporteur A hawker or pedlar; so called because he carries his basket or pack round his neck. The term is more especially applied to hawkers of religious books. (Latin, collum, the neck; porto, to carry.)
Colt (A). A piece of knotted rope eighteen inches long for the special benefit of ship boys; a cat-o'-nine- tails.
Look alive there, lads, or as sure as my name is Sam Weston I'll give the colt to the last man off the deck.- J. Grant: Dick Rodney, chap. vii.
Colt (A). A barrister who attends a sergeant-at-law at his induction.
I accompanied the newly-made Chief Baron as his colt.- Pollock.
Then Mr. Railey, his colt, delivered his ring to the Lord Chancellor.- Wynne.
Colt (To). To befool, to gull. (Italian, colto, cheated, befooled.)
Colt-pixy (A). A pixy, puck, or fairy. To colt-pixy is to take what belongs to the pixies, and is specially applied to the gleaning of apples after the crop has been gathered in; these apples were the privilege of the pixies, and to colt-pixy is to deprive the pixies of their perquisites.
Colt's Revolver A fire-arm which, by means of revolving barrels, can be fired several times without intermission. This instrument was patented by Colonel Samuel Colt, U.S., in 1835.
Colt's-tooth The love of youthful pleasure. Chaucer uses the word coltish for skittish. Horses have at three years old the colt's-tooth. The allusion is to the colt's teeth of animals, a period of their life when their passions are strongest.
Her merry dancing-days are done;
Well said, Lord Sands;Columbine (3 syl.). The sweetheart of Harlequin, and, like him, supposed to be invisible to mortal eyes. Columbina in Italian is a pet-name for a lady-love, and means a little dove, a young coquette.
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