a body that has some, but not all, of the peculiar attributes of a corporation; a quasi argument, that which
resembles, or is used as, an argument; quasi historical, apparently historical, seeming to be historical.
(Quas`i*mo"do) n. [So called from the first words of the Latin introit, quasi modo geniti
infantes as newborn babes, 1 Pet. ii. 2.] (R. C. Ch.) The first Sunday after Easter; Low Sunday.
(Quass) n. [Russ. kvas'.] A thin, sour beer, made by pouring warm water on rye or barley
meal and letting it ferment, much used by the Russians. [written also quas.]
(Quas*sa"tion) n. [L. quassatio, from quassare to shake. See Quash to crush.] The act
of shaking, or the state of being shaken. Gayton.
(Quas"si*a) n. [NL. From the name of a negro, Quassy, or Quash, who prescribed this article
as a specific.] The wood of several tropical American trees of the order Simarubeæ, as Quassia amara,
Picræna excelsa, and Simaruba amara. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a
substitute for hops in making beer.
(Quas"sin) n. [Cf. F. quassine. See Quassia.] (Chem.) The bitter principle of quassia, extracted
as a white crystalline substance; formerly called quassite. [Written also quassiin, and quassine.]
(Quat) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (a) A pustule. [Obs.] (b) An annoying, worthless person. Shak.
(Quat), v. t. To satiate; to satisfy. [Prov. Eng.]
(Qua"ta) n. (Zoöl.) The coaita.
(Quatch) a. Squat; flat. [Obs.] Shak.
(Qua"ter-cous`in) n. [F. quatre four + cousin, E. cousin.] A cousin within the first four
degrees of kindred.
(Qua*ter"na*ry) a. [L. quaternarius consisting of four each, containing four, fr. quaterni
four each, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quaternaire. See Four.]
1. Consisting of four; by fours, or in sets of four.
2. (Geol.) Later than, or subsequent to, the Tertiary; Post-tertiary; as, the Quaternary age, or Age of
(Qua*ter"na*ry), n. [L. numerus quaternarius: cf. F. quaternaire.]
1. The number four. Boyle.
2. (Geol.) The Quaternary age, era, or formation. See the Chart of Geology.
(Qua*ter"nate) a. Composed of, or arranged in, sets of four; quaternary; as, quaternate
(Qua*ter"ni*on) n. [L. quaternio, fr. quaterni four each. See Quaternary.]
1. The number four. [Poetic]