Houqua to Howard
Houqua A superior quality of tea, so called from Hoque, the celebrated Hong-Kong tea merchant; died 1846.
Hour (Greek and Latin, hora.)
"When Jesus knew that His hour was come." -In an evil hour. Acting under an unfortunate impulse. In astrology we have our lucky and unlucky hours.
In the small hours of the morning. One, two, and three, after midnight.
To keep good hours. To return home early every night; to go to bed bedtimes. "Se retirer la nuit de bonne heure." In Latin, "Tempestive se domum recipere."
Houri (pl. Houris). The large blackeyed damsels of Paradise, possessed of perpetual youth and beauty, whose virginity is renewable at pleasure. Every believer will have seventy-two of these houris in Paradise, and his intercourse with them will be fruitful or otherwise, according to his wish. If an offspring is desired, it will grow to full estate in an hour. (Persian, huri; Arabic, huriya, nymphs of paradise. Compare ahivar, black-eyed.) (The Koran.)
House (1 syl.). In astrology the whole heaven is divided into twelve portions, called "houses," through
which the heavenly bodies pass every twenty-four hours. In casting a man's fortune by the stars, the
whole host is divided into two parts (beginning from the east), six above and six below the horizon. The
eastern ones are called the ascendant, because they are about to rise; the other six are the descendant,
because they have already passed the zenith. The twelve houses are thus awarded: -
House Race or lineage; as, "the House of Hanover," "the House of Austria."
House-bote A sufficient allowance of wood to repair the dwelling and to supply fuel.
House-flag (A). The distinguishing flag of a company of shipowners or of a single ship-owner, as, for instance, that of the Cunard Company.
House-leek [Jove's beard]. Grown on house-roofs, from the notion that it warded off lightning. Charlemagne
made an edict that every one of his subjects should have house-leek on his house-roof. The words are,
"Et habet quisque supra domum suum Jovis barbam." It was thought to ward off all evil spirits. Fevers
as well as lightning were at one time supposed to be due to evil spirits.
"If the herb house-leek or syngreen do grow on the house-top, the same house is never stricken with lightning or thunder" - Thomas Hill: Natural and Artf. Conclusion.House Spirits
Of DENMARK, Nis or Nisse (2 syl.).
Of ENGLAND, Puck or Robin Goodfellow.
Of FAROE ISLANDS, Niagruisar.
Of MINLAND, Para.
Of FRANCE, Esprit Follet.
Of GERMANY, Kobold.
Of MUNSTER, Fear Dearg or Red Man.
Of NAPLES, Monaciello or Little Monk.
Of NORWAY, same as Denmark.
Of SCOTLAND, Brownie.
Of SPAIN, Duende (3 syl.).
Of SWITZERLAND, Jack of the Bowl.
Of VAUDOIS, Servant.
Others of particular houses.
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