Grecian Stairs to Green Goose
Grecian Stairs A corruption of greesing stairs. Greesings (steps) still survives in the architectural word
grees, and in the compound word de-grees. There is still on the hill at Lincoln a flight of stone steps
called "Grecian stairs. "
"Paul stood on the greezen [i.e. stairs]." -Wicliffe: Acts xxi. 40.Greedy (Justice). In A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Massinger.
Greegrees Charms. (African superstition.)
Greek (The). Manuel Alvarez (el Griego), the Spanish sculptor (1727-1797).
"When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war." Nathaniel Lee.In French the word "Grec ' sometimes means wisdom, as -
Il est Grec en cela. He has great talent that way.
Il n'est pas grand Grec. He is no great conjurer.
Greek Calends Never. To defer anything to the Greek Calends is to defer it sine die. There were no
calends in the Greek months. The Romans used to pay rents, taxes, bills, etc., on the calends, and to
defer paying them to the "Greek Calends" was virtually to repudiate them. (See Never.)
"Will you speak of your paltry prose doings in my presence, whose great historical poem, in twenty books, with notes in proportion, has been postponed `ad Græcas Kalendas'?" - Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed (Introduction).Greek Church includes the church within the Ottoman Empire subject to the patriarch of Constantinople, the church in the kingdom of Greece, and the Russo-Greek Church. The Roman and Greek Churches formally separated in 1054. The Greek Church dissents from the doctrine that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son (Filioque), rejects the Papal claim to supremacy, and administers the eucharist in both kinds to the laity; but the two churches agree in their belief of seven sacraments, transubstantiation, the adoration of the Host, confession, absolution, penance, prayers for the dead, etc.
Greek Commentator Fernan Nunen de Guzman, the great promoter of Greek literature in Spain. (1470- 1553.)
Greek Cross Same shape as St. George's cross (+). The Latin cross has the upright one-third longer
than the cross-beam ().
Greek Fire A composition of nitre, sulphur, and naphtha. Tow steeped in the mixture was hurled in a blazing state through tubes, or tied to arrows. The invention is ascribed to Callinicos, of Heliopolis, A.D.
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