Hessian boots, or Hessians, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray.Hessian cloth, or Hessians, a coarse hempen cloth for sacking. Hessian crucible. See under Crucible.Hessian fly(Zoöl.), a small dipterous fly or midge Its larvæ live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; — so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution.

(Hes"sian), n.

1. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.

2. A mercenary or venal person. [U. S.]

This use is a relic of the patriot hatred of the Hessian mercenaries who served with the British troops in the Revolutionary War.

3. pl. See Hessian boots and cloth, under Hessian, a.

(Hess"ite) n. [After H. Hess.] (Min.) A lead-gray sectile mineral. It is a telluride of silver.

(Hest) n. [AS. hs, fr. htan to call, bid. See Hight, and cf. Behest.] Command; precept; injunction. [Archaic] See Behest. "At thy hest." Shak.

Let him that yields obey the victor's hest.

Yet I thy hest will all perform, at full.

(Hes"tern Hes*ter"nal) a. [L. hesternus; akin to heri yesterday.] Pertaining to yesterday. [Obs.] See Yester, a. Ld. Lytton.

(Hes"y*chast) n. [Gr. hermit, fr. to be still or quiet, fr. still, calm.] One of a mystical sect of the Greek Church in the fourteenth century; a quietist. Brande & C.

(He*tair"ism Het"a*rism) n. [Gr. a companion, a concubine, fem. of a comrade.] A supposed primitive state of society, in which all the women of a tribe were held in common. H. Spencer.Het`a*ris"tic a.

(Hetch"el) v. t. Same as Hatchel.

(Hete) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Hete, later Het.] Variant of Hote. [Obs.]

But one avow to greate God I hete.

(Het"er*a*canth) a. [Hetero- + Gr. a spine.] (Zoöl.) Having the spines of the dorsal fin unsymmetrical, or thickened alternately on the right and left sides.

(Het"er*arch`y) n. [Hetero- + -archy.] The government of an alien. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

(||Het`e*raux*e"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. the other + growth.] (Bot.) Unequal growth of a cell, or of a part of a plant.

(Het"er*o-) "e`teros other.]—> A combining form signifying other, other than usual, different; as, heteroclite, heterodox, heterogamous.

(Hes"sian) a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.

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