Pelides to Pennals
Pelides Son of Peleus (2 syl.)- that is, Achilles, the hero of Homer's Iliad, and chief of the Greek warriors
that besieged Troy.
When, like Pelides, bold beyond control,Pelion Heaping Ossa upon Pelion. Adding difficulty to difficulty, embarassment to embarrassment, etc. When the giants tried to scale heaven, they placed Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion for a scaling ladder.
Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio OssamA noteworthy hexameter verse. The i of conati does not elide, nor yet the o of Pelio.
Pell-mell Headlong; in reckless confusion. From the players of pall-mall, who rush heedlessly to strike
the ball. The pall is the ball (Italian, palla), and the mall is the mallet or bat (Italian, maglia; Latin,
malleus). Sometimes the game is called pall mall; and sometimes the ground set apart for the game,
as Pall Mall, London.
Pellean Conqueror Alexander the Great, born at Pella, in Macedonia.
Remember that Pellean conqueror.Pelleas (Sir). One of the knights of the Round Table. In the Faërie Queene he goes after the blatant beast when it breaks the chain with which it had been bound by Sir Calidore.
Pells Clerk of the Pells. An officer of the Exchequer, whose duty it was to make entries on the pells or parchment rolls. Abolished in 1834.
Pelops Son of Tantalos, cut to pieces and served as food to the gods. The More'a was called Peloponnesos
or the island of Pelops, from this mythical king.
Pelorus Cape di Faro, a promontory of Sicily. (Virgil: Æneid, iii. 6, 7.)
As when the forcePelos [mud ]. Father of Physignathos, king of the frogs. (Battle of the Frogs and Mice.)
Pelt in printing. Untanned sheepskins used for printing-balls. (French, pelte, Latin, pellis, a skin.)
Pen and Feather are varieties of the same word, the root being the Sanskrit pat, to fly. (We have the
Sanskrit pattra, a wing or instrument for flying; Latin, petna or, penna, pen; Greek, pteron; Teutonic,
phathra; Anglo-Saxon, fether; our feather.)
Penang Lawyers Clubs. Penang sticks come from Penang, or the Prince of Wales Island, in the Malaccas.
Penates (3 syl.). The household gods of the Romans.
Pencil of Rays All the rays that issue from one point, or that can be focussed at one point (Latin, penicillus, little tail, whence penicillum, a painter's brush made of the hair of a cow's tail); so called because they are like the hairs of a paint-brush, except at the point where they aggregate.
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