(||Dauw) n. [D.] (Zoöl.) The striped quagga, or Burchell's zebra, of South Africa (Asinus Burchellii);
called also peechi, or peetsi.
(Dav"en*port) n. [From the name of the original maker. Encyc. Dict.] A kind of small writing
table, generally somewhat ornamental, and forming a piece of furniture for the parlor or boudoir.
A much battered davenport in one of the windows, at which sat a lady writing.A. B. Edwards.
(Da*vid"ic) a. Of or pertaining to David, the king and psalmist of Israel, or to his family.
(Dav"it) n. [Cf. F. davier forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. david davit; all probably from
the proper name David.] (Naut.) (a) A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the
flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; called also the fish
davit. (b) pl. Curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to
raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; called also boat davits. Totten.
(Da"vy Jones") The spirit of the sea; sea devil; a term used by sailors.
This same Davy Jones, according to the mythology of sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the
evil spirits of the deep, and is seen in various shapes warning the devoted wretch of death and woe.Smollett. Davy Jones's Locker, the ocean, or bottom of the ocean. Gone to Davy Jones's Locker, dead,
and buried in the sea; thrown overboard.
(Da"vy lamp`) See Safety lamp, under Lamp.
(Da"vyne) n. [See Davyum.] (Min.) A variety of nephelite from Vesuvius.
(Da"vy*um) n. [Named after Sir Humphry Davy, the English chemist.] (Chem.) A rare metallic
element found in platinum ore. It is a white malleable substance. Symbol Da. Atomic weight 154.
(Daw) n. [OE. dawe; akin to OHG. taha, MHG. tahe, tahele, G. dohle. Cf. Caddow.] (Zoöl.) A
European bird of the Crow family often nesting in church towers and ruins; a jackdaw.
The loud daw, his throatWaller.
The whole assembly of his fellow daws.
The daw was reckoned as a silly bird, and a daw meant a simpleton. See in Shakespeare: "Then
thou dwellest with daws too." (Coriolanus iv. 5, 1. 47.) Skeat.
(Daw), v. i. [OE. dawen. See Dawn.] To dawn. [Obs.] See Dawn. Drayton.
(Daw), v. t. [Contr. fr. Adaw.]
1. To rouse. [Obs.]
2. To daunt; to terrify. [Obs.] B. Jonson.