E to Earth
E. This letter represents a window; in Hebrew it is called he (a window).
E.G. or e.g. (Latin for exempli gratia). By way of example; for instance.
E Pluribus Unum (Latin). One unity composed of many parts. The motto of the United States of America.
Eager or eagre. Sharp, keen, acid; the French aigre. (Latin, crude form, acr- "acer," sharp.)
"It doth posset
"Vex him with eager words."Eagle (in royal banners). It was the ensign of the ancient kings of Babylon and Persia, of the Ptolemies and Seleucides. The Romans adopted it in conjunction with other devices, but Marius made it the ensign of the legion, and confined the other devices to the cohorts. The French under the Empire assumed the same device.
Eagle (in Christian art) is emblematic of St. John the Evangelist, because, like the eagle, he looked on "the sun of glory"; the eagle was one of the four figures which made up the cherub (Ezek. i. 10).
Eagle (in funerals). The Romans used to let an eagle fly from the funeral pile of a deceased emperor. Dryden alludes to this custom in his stanzas on Oliver Cromwell after his funeral, when he says, "Officious haste did let too soon the sacred eagle fly."
Eagle (in heraldry) signifies fortitude.
Eagle (for lecterns in churches). The eagle is the natural enemy of the serpent. The two Testaments
are the two outspread wings of the eagle.
Eagle (in phrases).
"She saw where he upstarted braveEagle a public-house sign, is in honour of Queen Mary, whose badge it was. She put it on the dexter side of the shield, and the sun on the sinister - a conjugal compliment which gave great offence to her subjects.
The Golden Eagle and the Spread Eagle are commemorative of the crusades; they were the devices of the emperors of the East.
Eagle The spread eagle. A device of the old Roman or Eastern Empire, brought over by the crusaders.
Eagle The two-headed eagle. Austria, Prussia (representing Germany), and Russia have two-headed eagles, one facing to the right and the other to the left. The one facing to the west indicates direct succession from Charlemagne, crowned the sixty-ninth emperor of the Romans from Augustus. In Russia it was Ivan Basilovitz who first assumed the two-headed eagle, when, in 1472, he married Sophia, daughter of Thomas Palæologus, and niece of Constantine XIV., the last Emperor of Byzantium. The two heads symbolise the Eastern or Byzantine Empire and the Western or Roman Empire.
Eagle-stones or Aetites Yellow clay ironstones supposed to have sanative and magical virtues. They are so called because they are found in eagles' nests. Epiphanius says, "In the interior of Scythia there is a valley inaccessible to man, down which slaughtered lambs are thrown. The small stones at the
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