Orange Lodges to Ordinary
Orange Lodges or Clubs are referred to in Hibernia Curiosa, published in 1769. Thirty years later the Orangemen were a very powerful society, having a grand lodge extending over the entire province of Ulster, and ramifying through all the centres of Protestantism in Ireland. (See next article, and Orangeman. )
Orange-tawny The ancient colour appropriated to clerks and persons of inferior condition. It was also the colour worn by the Jews. Hence Lord Bacon says, Usurers should have orange-tawny bonnets, because they do Judaise (Essay xli.). Bottom the weaver asked Quince what coloured beard he was to wear for the character of Pyramus: I will discharge it in either your straw-coloured beard, your orange- tawny beard, your purple-ingrain beard, or your French crown-colour, which is a perfect yellow. (Midsummer Night's Dream, i. 2.)
Orange Blossoms Worn at Weddings The Saracen brides used to wear orange blossoms as an emblem
of fecundity; and occasionally the same emblem may have been worn by European brides ever since the
time of the Crusades; but the general adoption of wreaths of orange blossoms for brides is comparatively
a modern practice, due especially to the recent taste for flower-language. The subject of bridal decorations
being made a study, and the orange flower being found suitable, from the use made of it by the ancient
Saracens, it was introduced by modistes as a fit ornament for brides. The notion once planted, soon
became a custom, now very generally adopted by those who study the conventions of society, and follow
the accepted fashions. (See Olive. )
Orangeman A name given by Roman Catholics to the Protestants of Ireland, on account of their adhesion to William III. of the House of Orange; they had been previously called Peep-of-Day Boys. The Roman party were Jacobites. (See Orange Lodges .)
Orania The lady-love of Amadis of Gaul.
Orator Henley The Rev. John Henley, who for about thirty years delivered lectures on theological, political, and literary subjects. (1692-1756.)
Orbilian Stick (The). A cane or birch-rod.
Orc (in Orlando Furioso). A sea-monster that devoured men and women. He haunted the seas near Ireland. Orlando threw an anchor into his open jaws, and then dragged the monster to the Irish coast, where he died.
Orca The Orkney Islands, or Orcades.
Orchard properly means a kitchen garden, a yard for herbs. (Saxon, ortgeard- i.e. wort-yard.) Wort
enters into the names of numerous herbs, as mug-wort, liver-wort, spleen-wort, etc.
The hortyard entering [he] admires the fair
Orcus The abode of the dead; death. (Roman mythology.)
Ordeal (Saxon, great judgment), instituted long before the Conquest, and not abolished till the reign of
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