Jervine to Jewish
(Jer"vine) n. [Prob. fr. Sp. yerba herb, OSp., the poison of the veratrum.] (Chem.) A poisonous
alkaloid resembling veratrine, and found with it in white hellebore (Veratrum album); called also jervina.
(Jess) n.; pl. Jesses [OF. gies, giez, prop. pl. of giet, get, jet, F. jet, a throwing, jess. See
Jet a shooting forth.] (falconry) A short strap of leather or silk secured round the leg of a hawk, to which
the leash or line, wrapped round the falconer's hand, was attached when used. See Illust. of Falcon.
Like a hawk, which feeling freedSpenser.
From bells and jesses which did let her flight.
(Jes"sa*mine) n. (Bot.) Same as Jasmine.
(Jes"sant) a. (Her.) Springing up or emerging; said of a plant or animal.
Jesse window (Arch.), a window of which the glazing and tracery represent the tree of Jesse.
(Jes"se) n. [LL. Jesse, the father of David, fr. Gr. fr. Herb. Yishai.] Any representation or
suggestion of the genealogy of Christ, in decorative art; as: (a) A genealogical tree represented in stained
glass. (b) A candlestick with many branches, each of which bears the name of some one of the descendants
of Jesse; called also tree of Jesse.
(Jessed) a. (Her.) Having jesses on, as a hawk.
(Jest) n. [OE. jeste, geste, deed, action, story, tale, OF. geste, LL. gesta, orig., exploits, neut.
pl. from L. gestus, p. p. of gerere to bear, carry, accomplish, perform; perh. orig., to make to come,
bring, and perh. akin to E. come. Cf. Gest a deed, Register, n.]
1. A deed; an action; a gest. [Obs.]
The jests or actions of princes.Sir T. Elyot.
2. A mask; a pageant; an interlude. [Obs.] Nares.
He promised us, in honor of our guest,Kyd.
To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
3. Something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase.
See Synonyms under Jest, v. i.
I must be sad . . . smile at no man's jests.Shak.
The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his
4. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
Then let me be your jest; I deserve it.Shak. In jest, for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.
And given in earnest what I begged in jest.Shak.
Jest book, a book containing a collection of jests, jokes, and amusing anecdotes; a Joe Miller.
(Jest), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jested; p. pr. & vb. n. Jesting.]
1. To take part in a merrymaking; especially, to act in a mask or interlude. [Obs.] Shak.