(Dell) n. [AS. del, akin to E. dale; cf. D. delle, del, low ground. See Dale.]
1. A small, retired valley; a ravine.
In dells and dales, concealed from human sight.Tickell.
2. A young woman; a wench. [Obs.]
Sweet doxies and dells.B. Jonson.
(||Del"la Crus"ca) A shortened form of Accademia della Crusca, an academy in Florence,
Italy, founded in the 16th century, especially for conserving the purity of the Italian language.
The Accademia della Crusca (literally, academy of the bran or chaff) was so called in allusion to its
chief object of bolting or purifying the national language.
The Dellacruscan School, a name given in satire to a class of affected English writers, most of whom
lived in Florence, about a. d. 1785.
(Del`la*crus"can) a. Of or pertaining to the Accademia della Crusca in Florence.
(||De"loo) n. (Zoöl.) The duykerbok.
(||De*loul") n. [Prob. of Arabic or Bedouin origin.] (Zoöl.) A special breed of the dromedary used
for rapid traveling; the swift camel; called also herire, and maharik.
(Delph) n. Delftware.
Five nothings in five plates of delph.Swift.
(Delph), n. (Hydraul. Engin.) The drain on the land side of a sea embankment. Knight.
(Del"phi*an) a. Delphic.
(Del"phic) a. [L. Delphicus, fr. Gr. Delfiko`s, fr. Delfoi`, L. Delphi, a town of Phocis, in Greece,
now Kastri.] (Gr. Antiq.)
1. Of or relating to Delphi, or to the famous oracle of that place.
2. Ambiguous; mysterious. "If he is silent or delphic." New York Times.
(Del"phin, Del"phine) a. [See Dauphin.] Pertaining to the dauphin of France; as, the Delphin
classics, an edition of the Latin classics, prepared in the reign of Louis XIV., for the use of the dauphin
(Del"phin), n. [L. delphinus a dolphin.] (Chem.) A fatty substance contained in the oil of the
dolphin and the porpoise; called also phocenin.