Diana - an ancient Italian female divinity, the moon-goddess, patroness of virginity and of hunting.

mock bird* - an American passerine song-bird of the genus Mimus, esp. Mimus polyglottus, characterized by its habit of mimicking the notes of other birds.

bulbul - a species of the genus Pycnonotus, belonging to the Thrush family, much admired in the East for its song; hence sometimes called the 'nightingale' of the East.

proto - - 'first in time, earliest, original, primitive'

traipse - to walk in a trailing or untidy way; e.g. to walk or 'trail' through the mud; to tread, tramp (the fields, streets, etc.)

tangle - fig. A complicated and confused assemblage; a muddle, jumble, complication, medley, puzzle; a confused network of opinions, facts, etc.

godson - a male god-child

godfather* - a male sponsor considered in relation to his god-child

deputize* - to act as a deputy

gossip - one who has contracted spiritual affinity with another by acting as a sponsor at a baptism; idle talk, trifling or groundless rumour.

perch - a measure of length, esp. for land, palings, walls, etc.; in Standard Measure equal to 512 yards.

weather side - the side (e.g. of a building, a tree) that is most exposed to injury from weather.

knoll - a small hill or eminence of more or less rounded form; a hillock, a mound.

protend* - to stretch forward; to stick out, protrude

aloof - at a distance, distant; hence, detached, unsympathetic

ether - the upper regions of space beyond the clouds; In ancient cosmological speculation conceived as an element filling all space beyond the sphere of the moon, and as the constituent substance of the stars and planets and of their spheres; it was variously regarded as a purer  form of fire or of air, or as differing in kind from all the 'four elements'.

bucko - a blustering, swaggering, or domineering fellow

lea - a tract of open ground, either meadow, pasture, or arable land

ward - defence, protection, shelter (obs.); the action or function of a watchman, sentinel, or the like.

curtsey - to make a curtsy, to do reverence to

prospect - a scene presented to the mental vision, esp. of something future or expected; a mental vista;                 Prospekt - In the Soviet Union: a long, wide street; an avenue, a boulevard. Esp. used of the great avenues of Leningrad, e.g. Nevsky Prospekt.

uphold - to support or sustain physically; to keep from falling or sinking

broad awake - fully awake, wide awake

prober - one who or that which probes

finding - the result of a judicial examination or inquiry

circuit - to go, pass, move, or travel round

crack - pre-eminent, superexcellent, 'first-class'

Solon - a sage, a wiseacre. Also (with small initial) in the U.S., in weakened sense: a  legislator, congressman.

all told - when all are counted, in all


daimon - one's genius or demon (a supernatural being of a nature intermediate between that of gods and men).

spite - a strong feeling of (contempt,) hatred or ill-will; intense grudge or desire to injure.

clop - a sharp sound such as is made by shoes or hoofs on the ground                                                                            clubs

seclusion - the condition or state of being secluded (shut up or withdrawn from view); an instance of this.

odd trick - in whist, the thirteenth trick, won by one side after each side has won six.

pack - a company or set of persons; generally implying low character, or association for some evil purpose, but often merely expressing contempt or depreciation, and formerly sometimes without such implication; a complete set of playing-cards.

trump - a playing-card of that suit which for the time being ranks above the other three, so that any one such card can 'take' any card of another suit; spec. the card, usually that last turned up by the dealer, determining this suit.

fornenst* - right opposite to, over against; facing

asprawl - in a sprawling posture, sprawling

poppy - a plant (or flower) of the genus Papaver, comprising herbs of temperate and subtropical regions, having milky juice with narcotic properties, showy flowers with petals (usually four in number) of delicate texture and various colours (often becoming 'double' in cultivation), and roundish capsules containing numerous small round seeds.

drear - Of persons, their actions, state, aspect, etc.: Full of sadness or melancholy; sad, doleful, melancholy. 

deave - to deafen; to stun or stupefy with noise (formerly also with a blow); to bewilder, worry, or confuse, esp. by 'dinning' in one's ears.

satrap - a subordinate ruler; often suggesting an imputation of tyranny or ostentatious splendour.

unctuous - of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; oily, greasy.

poser - one who poses or attitudinizes

lumen (l) - light

coach - to prepare (a candidate) for an examination; to instruct in special subjects; to tutor.

menagerie - a collection of wild animals in cages or enclosures, esp. one kept for exhibition, as in zoological gardens or a travelling show.

ensorcell - to enchant, bewitch, fascinate

fuming - that fumes, angry, raging; Also, characterized by or exhibiting anger.

censor - an adverse critic, one given to fault-finding; an official in some countries whose duty it is to inspect all books, journals, dramatic pieces, etc., before publication, to secure that they shall contain nothing immoral, heretical, or offensive to the government.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

cubical - of the form of a cube, cube-shaped

crib - a small rectangular bed for a child, with barred or latticed sides

nigh - to go, come, or draw near; to approach

relief - assistance in time of danger, need, or difficulty; aid, help, or succour

top - a toy of various shapes (cylindrical, obconic, etc.), but always of circular section, with a point on which it is made to spin, usually by the sudden pulling of a string wound round it.

gawk - to stare or gape stupidly

issuance - the action of issuing, putting forth, or giving out


bequest* - To give as a bequest (transference or bestowal by will, or by a similar procedure), to bequeath.