phonoscope - name for various instruments or devices by means of which sound-vibrations are indicated or represented in a visible form.

incuriosity - lack of curiosity

this whiles* - during this time, or the time in question

firmament* - the sky or heavens

wonderment* - the or a state of wonder 

stellar - pertaining to the stars

attraction - the action of drawing forth interest, affection, or sympathy; the power of so doing; attractive influence.

swallow* - a deep hole or opening in the earth; a depth or abyss of water; fig. A gulf, abyss, sink (of evil).

Venus* - Astr. The second planet in order of distance from the sun, revolving in an orbit between those of Mercury and the earth.

grog - a drink consisting of spirits (originally rum) and water

blue funk* - extreme nervousness, tremulous dread;                     blue fox - a variety of the Arctic fox, and its fur.

tristy - sad, sorrowful

earthlight - the partial illumination of the dark portion of the moon's surface by light reflected from the earth.

deerdrive - a shooting expedition in which the deer are driven past the sportsman.

lief - dearly, gladly, willingly

spoonfeed* - to feed by spoon

nippy - sharp, quick, active, nimble

toutou - a pet name for a dog, esp. a lap-dog

gastronomy - the art and science of delicate eating

conduct - guidance, leading

tinny - a small tin mug

invocation - the action or an act of invoking or calling upon (God, a deity, etc.) in prayer or attestation.

Gamp - a monthly nurse in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit, who carried a large cotton umbrella.

lapidate - to throw stones at, to pelt with stones; also, to stone to death.

Jacobus - the current name of an English gold coin, struck in the reign of James I.

cubit - the part of the arm from the elbow downward, the forearm.

local option - the right granted by the legislature of a country or state to the inhabitants of each particular district to decide whether the trade in liquor shall be prohibited within the district. Hence occas. by extension, the principle of allowing localities to decide for themselves whether they will accept or reject certain regulations.

lodging - dwelling, abode

pheasant - the name of a well-known game-bird, Phasianus colchicus, long naturalized in  Britain and other parts of Europe.

I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls... (Clay, Dubliners)

warbler - any one of the numerous small plain-coloured singing-birds of the family Sylviinae.

throstle - a thrush; esp. the song-thrush

chough - a bird of the crow family; formerly applied somewhat widely to all the smaller chattering species, but especially to the common Jackdaw.

hare - hair (obs.)

ditto - the aforesaid, the same


exhale - Of vapour, perfume, heat, etc.: To pass off into the air. Of a liquid, etc.: To pass off as vapour; to evaporate.  

pinch - to compress between the tips of the finger and thumb                                                                                          picking

stop and go - alternately stopping and going

dim - Of colour: Not bright; dull, faint; dusky or dark; lustreless

wagger - one who wags (his head)                                                                                                                                    finger

but for - except for, were it not for; but because, but since

yen - yon (obs.)

zip - to make the sound expressed by 'zip'; also to move briskly or with speed.

to play the devil with (someone)* - to cause harm or trouble to (someone);                   devil to pay* - serious trouble.

on the safe side* - with a margin of security against error

hoopoe - a bird of the family UpupidŠ, esp. the typical Upupa epops, a south European species, which occasionally visits England, conspicuous by its variegated plumage.

to raise hell* - to create a disturbance; to cause great trouble

sheet lightning* - that in which a wide surface is equally illuminated at once.

dreamily - in a dreamy manner; as in a dream or reverie

drum* - Of birds or insects: To make a loud hollow reverberating sound, as by the quivering of the wings.

sniper - one who snipes, or shoots from concealment, etc.;                    snipe - one or other of the limicoline birds of the genus Gallinago, characterized by having a long straight bill, and by frequenting marshy places.

harp - to play on a harp; to make a sound like that of the harp

aerial - an antenna

rive - the sea-shore; the bank of a river


whip poor will* - popular name in U.S. and Canada for a species of Goatsucker, Antrostomus (Caprimulgus) vociferus.

woody - covered or overgrown with wood; having a growth of trees or shrubs.

morepork* - a name given in New Zealand to an owl, the Spiloglaux novŠ-zealandiŠ, in Tasmania to the night-jar, Podargus cuvieri, and in Australia to other birds, as the Ninox boobook                                                                                        (onomat.)


philopotamus (fr) - sort of flea

tealeaf - the leaf of the tea-plant; esp. in pl. the leaves after being infused to make the beverage.

Belleek - the name of a town in Fermanagh, Ireland, used attrib. or absol. to designate a kind of pottery produced there.

wary - given to caution, habitually on one's guard against danger, deception, or mistake.

upfield - Football. In or towards the end of the field nearest the goal which the team is  attacking.

rugby* - one of the leading forms of the game of football, played with an oval ball which may be kicked or handled.

cumulous* - heap-like; of the nature of cumulus clouds


scrum - Rugby Football. = scrimmage (Originally, a confused struggle in which the players on either side endeavor to force their opponents and the ball towards the opposite goal; now, an ordered formation in which the two sets of forwards pack themselves together with their heads down and endeavour by pushing to work their opponents off the ball and break away with it or heel it out).