Ordinary to Orlando
Ordinary (An). A public dinner where each guest pays his quota; a table d'hôte.
`Tis almost dinner; I know they stay for you at the ordinary.- Beaumont and Fletcher: Scornful Lady. iv. l.
Oread (plural, Oreads [3 syl.] or Oreades [4 syl.]). Nymphs of the mountains. (Greek, oros a mountain.)
Oreilles Sir W. Scott (Waverley, x.) speaks of vinum primæ notæ thus:- C'est des deux oreilles, that is, it
is strong and induces sleep. It makes one Dormir sur les deux oreilles. Littré, however, says, Though
wine d'une oreille is excellent, that of deux oreilles is execrable.
Vin d'une oreille, le bon vin; vin de deux oreilles le mauvais. On appelle, ainsi le bon vin, parce que le bon vin fait pencher la tête de celui qui le goute d'un côte seulement: et le mauvais vin, parce qu'on secoue la tête, et par consequent le deux oreilles.
Orellana The river Amazon in America: so called from Orellana, lieutenant of Pizarro.
Orfeo and Heurodis The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, with the Gothic machinery of elves or fairies.
Orgies (2 syl.). Drunken revels, riotous feasts; so called from the nocturnal festivals in honour of Bacchus. (Greek, orge, violent emotion.)
Orgoglio (pron. Or-gole'-yo). The word is Italian, and means Arrogant Pride, or The Man of Sin. A
hideous giant as tall as three men; he was son of Earth and Wind. Finding the Red Cross Knight at the
fountain of Idleness, he beats him with a club and makes him his slave. Una, hearing of these mischances,
tells King Arthur, and Arthur liberates the knight and slays the giant. Moral: The Man of Sin had power
given him to make war with the saints and to overcome them for forty and two months (Rev. xiii. 5,
7), then the Ancient of Days came, and overcame him (Dan. vii. 21, 22). (Spenser: Faërie Queene,
Orgon Brother-in-law of Tartuffe. His credulity is proverbial: he almost disbelieved his senses, and saw everyone and everything through the couleur de rose of his own honest heart. (Molière: Tartuffe.)
Oriana The beloved of Amadis of Gaul, who called himself Beltenebros when he retired to the Poor
Rock. (Amadis de Gaul, ii. 6.)
O'riande [O'-re-ond ]. A fay who lived at Rosefleur, and brought up Maugis d'Aygremont (q.v.). When her protégé grew up she loved him dun si grand amour, qu'elle doute fort qu'il ne se départe d'avecques elle. (Romance de Maugis d'Aygremont et de Vivian son Frére.)
O'riel A fairy whose empire lay along the banks of the Thames, when King Oberon held his court in Kensington Gardens. (Tickell: Kensington Gardens.)
Orientation The placing of the east window of a church due east, that is, so that the rising sun may at
noon shine on the altar. Anciently, churches were built with their axes pointing to the rising sun on the
saint's day; so that a church dedicated to St. John was not parallel to one dedicated to St. Peter. The
same practice prevailed both in Egypt and ancient Greece.
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