Abecedarian psalms, hymns, etc., compositions in which (like the 119th psalm in Hebrew) distinct portions or verses commence with successive letters of the alphabet. Hook.

(A`be*ce"da*ry) n. A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything. [R.] Fuller.

(A*bed") adv. [Pref. a- in, on + bed.]

1. In bed, or on the bed.

Not to be abed after midnight.

2. To childbed (in the phrase "brought abed," that is, delivered of a child). Shak.

(A*beg"ge) Same as Aby. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(A*bele") n. [D. abeel (abeel- boom), OF. abel, aubel, fr. a dim. of L. albus white.] The white poplar

Six abeles i' the churchyard grow.
Mrs. Browning.

(A*bel"i*an A"bel*ite) Abelonian
(A`bel*o"ni*an) n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect in Africa mentioned by St. Augustine, who states that they married, but lived in continence, after the manner, as they pretended, of Abel.

(A"bel*mosk`) n. [NL. abelmoschus, fr. Ar. abu-l-misk father of musk, i. e., producing musk. See Musk.] (Bot.) An evergreen shrub of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; — sometimes called musk mallow.

(Ab`er-de-vine") n. (Zoöl.) The European siskin a small green and yellow finch, related to the goldfinch.

(Ab*err") v. i. [L. aberrare. See Aberrate.] To wander; to stray. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ab*er"rance Ab*er"ran*cy) n. State of being aberrant; a wandering from the right way; deviation from truth, rectitude, etc.

Aberrancy of curvature(Geom.), the deviation of a curve from a circular form.

(Ab*er"rant) a. [L. aberrans, -rantis, p. pr. of aberrare. See Aberr.]

1. Wandering; straying from the right way.

2. To put up with; to endure. [Prov.] Dickens.

(A*bear"ance) n. Behavior. [Obs.] Blackstone.

(A*bear"ing), n. Behavior. [Obs.] Sir. T. More.

(A`be*ce*da"ri*an) n. [L. abecedarius. A word from the first four letters of the alphabet.]

1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.

2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet. Wood.

(A`be*ce*da"ri*an, A`be*ce"da*ry) a. Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.

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