Erd shrew(Zoöl.), the common European shrew (Sorex vulgaris); the shrewmouse.

(Ere) prep. & adv. [AS. &aemacrr, prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. er, G. eher, D. eer, Icel. ar, Goth. air. &radic204. Cf. Early, Erst, Or, adv.]

1. Before; sooner than. [Archaic or Poetic]

Myself was stirring ere the break of day.

Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore.

Sir, come down ere my child die.
John iv. 49.

2. Rather than.

I will be thrown into Etna, . . . ere I will leave her.

Ere long, before, shortly. Shak.Ere now, formerly, heretofore. Shak.Ere that, &and Or are. Same as Ere. Shak.

(Ere) v. t. To plow. [Obs.] See Ear, v. t. Chaucer.

(Er"e*bus) n. [L., fr. Gr. .]

1. (Greek Myth.) A place of nether darkness, being the gloomy space through which the souls passed to Hades. See Milton's "Paradise Lost," Book II., line 883.

2. (Greek Myth.) The son of Chaos and brother of Nox, who dwelt in Erebus.

To the infernal deep, with Erebus and tortures vile.

Erasion to Ermine

(E*ra"sion) n. The act of erasing; a rubbing out; obliteration.

(E*ras"tian) n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of the followers of Thomas Erastus, a German physician and theologian of the 16th century. He held that the punishment of all offenses should be referred to the civil power, and that holy communion was open to all. In the present day, an Erastian is one who would see the church placed entirely under the control of the State. Shipley.

(E*ras"tian*ism) n. (Eccl. Hist.) The principles of the Erastains.

(E*ra"sure) n. [From Erase.] The act of erasing; a scratching out; obliteration.

(Er"a*tive) a. Pertaining to the Muse Erato who presided over amatory poetry. Stormonth.

(Er"a*to) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. to love.] (Class. Myth.) The Muse who presided over lyric and amatory poetry.

(Er"bi*um) n. [NL. from Ytterby, in Sweden, where gadolinite is found. Cf. Terbium, Yttrium, Ytterbium.] (Chem.) A rare metallic element associated with several other rare elements in the mineral gadolinite from Ytterby in Sweden. Symbol Er. Atomic weight 165.9. Its salts are rose-colored and give characteristic spectra. Its sesquioxide is called erbia.

(Er`ce*de"ken) n. [OE., fr. pref. erce- = archi- + deken a deacon.] An archdeacon. [Obs.]

(Erd) n. [OE. erd, eard, earth, land, country, AS. eard; akin to OS. ard dwelling place, OHG. art plowing, tillage, Icel. örð crop, and to L. arare to plow, E. ear to plow.] The earth. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.

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