Homoeopathy (5 syl.). The plan of curing a disease by very minute doses of a medicine which would in
healthy persons produce the very same disease. The principle of vaccination is a sort of homoeopathy,
only it is producing in a healthy person a mitigated form of the disease guarded against. You impart a
mild form of small-pox to prevent the patient from taking the virulent disease. (Greek, homoios pathos,
like disease.) (See Hahnemann.)
"Tut, man! one fire burns out another's burning!Honest (h silent). Honest Jack Bannister. An actor in London for thirty-six years. (1760-1836.)
"After his retirement he was once accosted by Sir George Rose, when Honest Jack, being on the other side of the street, cried out, `Stop a moment. Sir George, and I will come over to you.' `No, no, replied his friend,' `I never yet made you cross, and will not begin now." - Grinsted: Relics of Genius.Honest George General Monk (1608-1670).
Honest Lawyer (An). The oldest allusion to this strange expression is the epigram on St. Ives (1251-
1303), of whom Dom Lobineau says: "Il distribuait avec une sainte profusion aux pauvres les revenus de
son bénéfice et ceux de son patrimonie, qui etaient dé £60 de rente, alors une somme très notable, particulièrement
en Basse Bretagne. " (Lives of the Saints of Great Britain.)
"Sanctus Yvo erat Brito,St. Ives was of the land of beef,
An advocate, and not a thief;
A stretch on popular belief. E.C.B.
The phrase was facetiously applied by some wag to Sir John Strange, Master of the Rolls, who died, at the age of fifty-eight, in 1754.
"Here lies an honest lawyer, that is Strange."Of course this line forms no part of the inscription in Leyton churchyard, Essex, where Sir John was buried.
Honey Madness There is a rhododendron about Trebizond, the flowers of which the bees are fond of, but if anyone eats the honey he becomes mad. (Tourneford.)
Honey Soap contains no portion of honey. Some is made from the finest yellow soap; and some is a mixture of palm-oil soap, olive-soap, and curdsoap. It is scented with oil of verbena, rose-geranium, ginger-grass, bergamot, etc.
Honey better than Vinegar "On prend plus de mouches avec du miel, qu'avec du vinaigre." "Plus fait
douceur que violence." "It faut avoir mauvaise bête par douceur."
Honeycomb The hexagonal shape of the bees' cells is generally ascribed to the instinctive skill of the
bee, but is simply the ordinary result of mechanical laws. Solitary bees always make circular cells; and
without doubt those of hive bees are made cylindrical, but acquire their hexagonal form by mechanical
pressure. Dr. Wollaston says all cylinders made of soft pliable materials become hexagonal under such
circumstances. The cells of trees are circular towards the extremity, but hexagonal in the centre of the
substance; and the cellular membranes of all vegetables are hexagonal also. (See Ant.)
Honeydew A sweet substance found on lime-trees and some other plants. Bees and ants are fond of it. It is a curious misnomer, as it is the excretion of the aphis or vine-fretter. The way it is excreted is this: the ant beats with its antennae the abdomen of the aphis, which lifts up the part beaten, and excretes a limpid drop of sweet juice called honeydew.
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