Nucta to Nunc Dimittis
Nucta or miraculous drop which falls in Egypt on St. John's day (June), is supposed to have the effect of stopping the plague. Thomas Moore refers to it in his Paradise and the Peri.
Nude Rabelais wittily says that a person without clothing is dressed in grey and cold of a comical cut,
being nothing before, nothing behind, and sleeves of the same. King Shrovetide, monarch of Sneak
Island, was so arrayed. (Rabelais: Gargantua, iv. 29.)
Nugget of Gold Nugget, a diminutive of nug or nog, as logget is of log. A nog of sugar (Scotch)
is a lump, and a nugget of gold is a small lump. So a log of wood is a billet (Latin, lignum), and
loggets (Norfolk) are sticks of toffy cut up into small lumps.
Nulli Secundus Club The Cold-stream Guards.
Numa The second king of Rome, who reduced the infant state to order by wise laws.
Numancia A tragedy by Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, but never published in his lifetime.
Number Nip The gnome king of the Giant Mountains. (Musaeus: Popular Tales.)
She was like one of those portly dowagers in Number Nip's society of metamorphose and turnips.- Le Fanu: The House in the Churchyard, p. 132.
Number One Oneself.
Number of the Beast It is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six
(Rev. xiii. 18). This number has been applied to divers persons previously assumed to be Antichrist; as
Apostates, Benedictos, Diocletian, Evanthas, Julian (the Apostate), Lampetis, Lateinos, Luther, Mahomet,
Mysterium, Napoleon I., Niketes, Paul V., Silvester II., Trajan, and several others. Also to certain phrases
supposed to be descriptive of the Man of Sin, as Vicar-General of God, Arnoume (I renounce), Kakos
Odegos (bad guide), Abinu Kadescha Papa (our holy father the pope), e.g. -
(1) The Unity of God.
(2) The hypostatic union of Christ, both God and man.
(3) The Trinity.
(4) The number of the Evangelists.
(5) The wounds of the Redeemer: two in the hands, two in the feet, one in the side.
(6) The creative week.
(7) The gifts of the Holy Ghost (Rev i. 12). Seven times Christ spoke on the cross.
(8) The number of the beatitudes (Matt. v. 3-11).
(9) The nine orders of angels (q.v.).
(10) The number of the Commandments.
(11) The number of the apostles who remained faithful.
(12) The original college.
(13) The final number after the conversion of Paul.
Numbers Army of soldiers. Regiment, etc.
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