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Howdah A canopy, or seat fixed on the back of an elephant.
"Leading the array, three stately elephants marched, bearing the Woons in gilded howdahs under gold umbrellas." - J. W. Palmer: Up and Down the Irrawaddi, chap. xx. p. 169.Howdie (2 syl.). A midwife.
Howitzers are guns used to fire buildings, to reach troops behind hills or parapets, to bound their shells
along lines and against cavalry, to breach mud walls by exploding their shells in them, etc. They project
common shells, common and spherical case-shot, carcasses, and, if necessary, round shot. In a mortar
the trunnions are at the end; in howitzers they are in the middle.
"The howitzer was taken to pieces, and carried by the men to its destination." - Grant: Personal Memoirs, chap. xi. p. 158.Howleglass (2 syl.). A clever rascal, the hero of an old German romance by Thomas Murner, popular in the eighteenth century.
Hub The nave of a wheel; a boss; also a skid. (Welsh, hob, a swelling, a protuberance; compare also a
hwb.) The Americans call Boston, Massachusetts, "The hub [boss] of the solar system."
"Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system." - Holmes: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, chap. vi. p. 143.
"Calcutta swaggers as if it were the hub of the universe." - Daily News, 1886.Hubal An Arab idol brought from Bulka, in Syria, by Amir Ibn-Lohei, who asserted that it would procure rain when wanted. It was the statue of a man in red agate; one hand being lost, a golden one was supplied. He held in his hand seven arrows without wings or feathers, such as the Arabians use in divination. This idol was destroyed in the eighth year of "the flight."
Hubbard (Old Mother). The famous dame of nursery mythology, who went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone; but when she got there the cupboard was bare, so the poor dog had none.
Hubert (h silent), in Shakespeare's King John, is Hubert de Burgh, Justice of England, created Earl of
Kent. He died 1243.
Hudibras Said to be a caricature of Sir Samuel Luke, a patron of Samuel Butler. The Grub Street Journal
(1731) maintains it was Colonel Rolle, of Devonshire, with whom the poet lodged for some time, and
adds that the name is derived from Hugh de Bras, the patron saint of the county. He represents the
Presbyterian party, and his squire the Independents.
" `Tis sung there is a valiant Mameluke,Sir Hudibras. The cavalier of Elissa of Parsimony. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book. ii.)
Hudibrastic Verse A doggerel eight-syllable rhyming verse, after the style of Butler's Hudibras.
Hudson (Sir Jeffrey). The famous dwarf, at one time page to Queen Henrietta Maria. Sir Walter Scott has introduced him in his Peveril of the Peak, chap. xxxiv. Vandyke has immortalised him by his brush; and
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