Parr to Parysatis
Parr Old Parr. Thomas Parr lived in the reigns of ten sovereigns; married a second wife when he was 120 years old, and had a child by her. He was a husbandman, born at Salop in 1483, and died 1635, aged 152 years. Mr. Thoms, in his Records of Longevity, denies the truth of Parr's great age.
Parricide (3 syl.). La Belle Parricide. Beatrice Cenci (*-1599.)
Parrot-coal A name given to anthracite because of the crackling or chattering noise it makes when burnt.
Parsees or Ghebers. Fire-worshippers. We use the word for Persian refugees driven out of their country by the persecutions of the Mussulmans. They now inhabit various parts of India. (The word means People of Pars or Fars- i.e. Persia.)
Parsley He has need now of nothing but a little parsley- i.e. he is dead. The Greeks decked tombs
with parsley, because it keeps green a long time.
Among wyves and wodewes ich am ywoned sute [wont to set],
God give you good morrow, master person (i.e. Sir Nathaniel, a parson).- Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, iv. 2.
Parson Adams A simple-minded country clergyman of the eighteenth century, in Fielding's Joseph
Parson Bate A stalwart, choleric, sporting parson, editor of the Morning Post in the latter half of the
eighteenth century. He was afterwards Sir Henry Bate Dudley, Bart.
When Sir Henry Bate Dudley was appointed an Irish dean, a young lady of Dublin said, Oh, how I long to see our dane. They say he is a very handsome man, and that he fights like an angel.- Cassell's Magazine: London Legends, iii.
Parson Trulliber in Fielding's Joseph Andrews. A slothful, ignorant, and self-willed bigot.
Parsons (Walter), the giant porter of King James, died in 1622. (Fuller's Worthies.)
Part The character assigned to an actor in a play.
Part A portion, piece, or fragment.
Partant pour la Syrie The national air of the French Empire. The words were composed by M. de Laborde in 1809; the music by Queen Hortense, mother of Napoleon III. It is a ballad, the subject of which is as follows:- Young Dunois followed the count, his lord, to Syria, and prayed the Virgin that he might prove the bravest warrior, and love the fairest maiden. After the battle, the count said to Dunois, To thee we owe the victory, and my daughter I give to thee. Moral: Amour à la plus belle; honneur au plus vaillant.
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