Jew's-eye to Joachim
Jew's-eye Worth a Jew's-eye. According to fable, this expression arose from the custom of torturing
Jews to extort money from them. The expedient of King John is well known: He demanded 10,000 marks
of a rich Jew of Bristol; the Hebrew resisted the atrocious exaction, but the tyrant ordered him to be brought
before him, and that one of his teeth should be tugged out every day till the money was forthcoming.
This went on for seven days, when the sufferer gave in, and John jestingly observed, "A Jew's eye may
be a quick ransom, but Jew's teeth give the richer harvest."
"There will come a Christian byJew's-harp called by Bacon jeutrompe, by Beaumont and Fletcher, jew-trump, by Hakluyt, jew's-harp.
The best players on this instrument have been Koch, a Prussian soldier under Frederick the Great; Kunert, Amstein, and some others.
Jew's Myrtle So called from the popular notion that it formed the crown of thorns placed by the Jews on the Saviour's head.
Jews in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, those English who were loyal to Charles II., called
"The Jews, a headstrong, moody, murmuring race,Jews born with tails. (See Raboin.)
Jews' Sabbath In the Monasticon de Melsa, ii. pp. 134, 137, we read that a Jew at Tewkesbury fell
into a cesspool, and Richard, Earl of Gloucester, passing by, offered to pull him out, but the Jew refused,
"Sabbato nostra colo;Next day, as the Earl was passing again, the Jew cried to him for help, when Gloucester replied -
"Sabbata nostra quidem,Jewels in heraldry.
The topaz represents "or" (gold), or the planet Sol.
The pearl or crystal represents "argent" (silver), or the planet Luna.
The ruby represents "gules" (red), or the planet Mars.
The sapphire represents "azure" (blue), or the planet Jupiter.
The diamond represents "sable" (black), or the planet Saturn.
The emerald represents "vert" (green), or the planet Venus.
The amethyst represents "purpure" (purple), or the planet Mercury.
Jewels for the MONTHS. Each month is supposed to be under the influence of some precious stone -
Jewels for SIGNS of the ZODIAC -
Jezebel A painted Jezebel. A flaunting woman of bold spirit, but loose morals; so called from Queen Jezebel, the wife of Ahab.
Jib A triangular sail borne in front of the foremast. It has the bowsprit for a base in small vessels, and
the jib-boom in larger ones, and exerts an important effect, when the wind is abeam, in throwing the
ship's head to leeward.
Jib (To). To start aside; a "jibbing horse" is one that is easily startled. It is a sea term, to jib being to shift the boomsail from one side of the mast to the other.
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