England was Coulin, whom he chased to a vast pit eight leagues across. The monster trying to leap
this pit, fell backwards, and lost his life in the chasm. When Brutus allotted out the island, this portion
"And eke that ample pit, yet far renownedDevonshire Poet O. Jones, a journeyman wool-comber, who lived at the close of the 18th century. Edward Capern, called "The rural Postman of Bideford" (born 1819), and John Gay, author of the Beggar's Opera, etc. (1688-1732), of Barnstaple (Devonshire).
Dew-beaters The feet; shoes to resist the wet.
"Hold out your dew-beaters till I take off the darbies [iron shoes or fetters]." - Peveril of the PeakDew- bit (A). A snack before breakfast.
Dew-drink A draught before breakfast. In harvest the men are allowed, in some counties, a drink of beer before they begin work.
Dexterity means right-handed skill (Latin, dexter, the right hand). "Awkward" (q.v.) means left-handed; gauche is the French, and sinister the Latin for the left hand. Certainly the German left-handed marriages are sinister ones.
Dgellabæ'an The Persian era. Dgella Eddin, son of Togrul Beg, appointed eight astronomers to reform the calendar. The era began A.D. 1075, and is followed to this day.
Diable (Le). Olivier Ledain, the tool of Louis XI., and once the king's barber. So called because he
was as much feared as his Satanic Majesty, and even more disliked. (Hanged 1484.)
Diadem meant, originally, a fillet wound round the head. The diadem of Bacchus was a broad band, which might be unfolded so as to make a veil. Hieronymus, king of Syracuse (B.C. 216-215), wore a diadem. Constantine the Great (306-337) was the first of the Roman emperors who wore a diadem. After his time it was set with rows of pearls and precious stones. (Greek dia-deo, to bind entirely.)
Dialectics Metaphysics; the art of disputation; that strictly logical discussion which leads to reliable results.
The product or result is ideas, which, being classified, produce knowledge; but all knowledge being of
the divine types, must conduce more or less to practical results and good morals. (Greek, dia-lego,
to speak thoroughly.)
Diamond A corruption of adamant. So called because the diamond, which cuts other substances, can
be cut or polished with no substance but itself. (Greek, a damao, what cannot be subdued. Latin, adamas,
gen. adamant-is; French, diamant.)
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