Herpetism to Heterogamy
(Her"pe*tism) n. [See Herpes.] (Med.) See Dartrous diathesis, under Dartrous.
(Her*pet`o*log"ic Her*pet`o*log"ic*al) a. Pertaining to herpetology.
(Her`pe*tol"o*gist) n. One versed in herpetology, or the natural history of reptiles.
(Her`pe*tol"o*gy) n. [Written also, but less properly, erpetology.] [Gr. a creeping thing,
reptile (fr. to creep) + -logy: cf. F. herpétologie.] The natural history of reptiles; that branch of zoölogy
which relates to reptiles, including their structure, classification, and habits.
(Her`pe*tot"o*mist) n. One who dissects, or studies the anatomy of, reptiles.
(Her`pe*tot"o*my) n. [Gr. a reptile + to cut.] The anatomy or dissection of reptiles.
(||Herr) n. A title of respect given to gentlemen in Germany, equivalent to the English Mister.
Herring gull (Zoöl.), a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., Larus argentatus in America,
and L. cachinnans in England. See Gull. Herring hog (Zoöl.), the common porpoise. King of
the herrings. (Zoöl.) (a) The chimæra (C. monstrosa) which follows the schools of herring. See Chimæra.
(b) The opah.
(Her"ring) n. [OE. hering, AS. hæring; akin to D. haring, G. häring, hering, OHG. haring, hering,
and prob. to AS. here army, and so called because they commonly move in large numbers. Cf. Harry.]
(Zoöl.) One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round
or English herring (C. harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring
to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities.
Herringbone stitch, a kind of cross-stitch in needlework, chiefly used in flannel. Simmonds.
(Her"ring*bone`) a. Pertaining to, or like, the spine of a herring; especially, characterized by
an arrangement of work in rows of parallel lines, which in the alternate rows slope in different directions.
(Herrn"hut*er) (hern"hu*er; G. hern"h&oomac*er), n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of the Moravians;
so called from the settlement of Herrnhut (the Lord's watch) made, about 1722, by the Moravians at the
invitation of Nicholas Lewis, count of Zinzendorf, upon his estate in the circle of Bautzen.
(Hers) pron. See the Note under Her, pron.
(Her"sal) n. Rehearsal. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Her"schel) n. (Astron.) See Uranus.
(Her*sche"li*an) a. Of or relating to Sir William Herschel; as, the Herschelian telescope.
(Herse) n. [F. herse harrow, portcullis, OF. herce, LL. hercia, L. hirpex, gen. hirpicis, and
irpex, gen. irpicis, harrow. The LL. hercia signifies also a kind of candlestick in the form of a harrow,
having branches filled with lights, and placed at the head of graves or cenotaphs; whence herse came to
be used for the grave, coffin, or chest containing the dead. Cf. Hearse.]
1. (Fort.) A kind of gate or portcullis, having iron bars, like a harrow, studded with iron spikes. It is
hung above gateways so that it may be quickly lowered, to impede the advance of an enemy. Farrow.
2. See Hearse, a carriage for the dead.
3. A funeral ceremonial. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Herse), v. t. Same as Hearse, v. t. Chapman.