nipper - a close-fisted, miserly person

sob story - a report or article designed to make a sentimental appeal to the emotions; a narrative of one's misfortunes, a 'hard luck story'.

quadri - - 'characterized by the number four';                    quadriga - a chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast.

triple - to make three times as great or as many as before

tryst - a mutual appointment, agreement, engagement, covenant

tandem - a two-seated carriage

sire - a father; a lord, master, or sovereign

harp - to render in verse, to 'sing'

the tune the (old) cow died of* - humorously applied to a grotesque or unmusical succession of sounds, or a tedious ill-played piece of music                                 owld = old (obs.)

Tantrism* - the doctrine or principles of the Tantras;                                                                                                        Tristan

hat trick - any trick with a hat, e.g. one performed by a conjurer; a skillful maneuver.

tryst - an appointment or engagement to meet at a specified time and place.

vowelglide - the gliding movement from one vowel component to another, as in a diphthong.

overspeak* - to speak too strongly; to speak extravagantly, exaggerate.

dragoman - an interpreter; strictly applied to a man who acts as guide and interpreter in countries where Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken.

understudy* - to study (a part or character) in order to be able to take the place of a principal actor or actress if necessary; to act as understudy to (a principal actor or actress).

plunger - one who plunges, a diver; a diving bird; spec. the Black Gull.

word - to utter in words, say, speak (occas. as distinct from singing).

paddle - the act of paddling, or of rowing lightly; an act of paddling in mud or shallow water.

mime - Antiq. A kind of simple farcical drama among the Greeks and Romans, characterized by mimicry and the ludicrous representation of familiar types of character.

jest - a mocking or jeering speech; a saying intended to excite laughter.

chink - a fissure caused by splitting; a cleft, rift, or crack

jape - a trick, a device to deceive or cheat

minutiae (l) - little things

mandrake - any plant of the genus Mandragora; the mandrake is poisonous, having emetic and narcotic properties, and was formerly used medicinally. The forked root is thought to resemble the human form, and was fabled to utter a deadly shriek when plucked up from the ground.

Sinology - the study of things Chinese

armer - one who arms

"Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy. Thou art the governor of Tattu (Busiris), and also the mighty one in Sekhem (Letopolis). Thou art the Lord to whom praises are ascribed in the nome of Ati, thou art the Prince of divine food in Anu..." from HYMN TO OSIRIS (THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD).

T square - a square of the form of a T, used by mechanics and draughtsmen for drawing lines parallel, or at right angles, to each other.

jade = nephrite - a silicate of lime and magnesia, a hard, translucent stone, in colour light green, bluish, or whitish.

Templar - a member of a military and religious order, consisting of knights, chaplains, and men-at-arms, founded c 1118, chiefly for the protection of the Holy Sepulchre and of Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land; a member of an order of Freemasons calling themselves Knights Templars, extensively established in the United States.

Black friar* - a member of the order of Dominican friars, founded at the beginning of the 13th century by St. Dominic, so called from the colour of their dress.

pastrycook* - one whose occupation it is to make pastry or articles of food in which pastry is an essential part.

brainpan - that which contains the brain, the skull

jelly - an article of food, consisting chiefly of gelatin, obtained from various animal tissues, as skin, tendons, bones, etc., by boiling and subsequent cooling, having a characteristic soft stiff homogeneous consistence, and usually semitransparent. Also, in later use, a preparation of the juice of fruit, or other vegetable substances, thickened into a similar consistence.

tiens (fr) - look! see!


serpe = sarpe - a collar, neck-ring of gold or silver

ramshead - decoration in Greek art

still - motionless; not moving from one place, stationary


twinkler - anything which emits intermittent, transient, or faint radiance; sometimes applied to eyes.

essay - to make an attempt; to try to do, effect, accomplish, or make (anything difficult).

troth - to plight one's troth to; to engage in a contract, esp. of marriage                                                                                 truth

trend* - fig. The general course, tendency, or drift (of action, thought, etc.)

initial - an initial letter

tripartite - a book, document, or treatise in three parts

sternly - with sternness of temper, aspect, utterance, etc.; severely, harshly, unbendingly.

adze - a carpenter's or cooper's tool, like an axe with the blade set at right angles to the handle and curving inwards towards it.

breastplate - a piece of armour for protecting the breast; also, any plate worn on the breast.

hopper - one that hops; a leaping insect (grasshopper); a brewery worker.

behide* - to hide away, conceal                                                                                                                                         behind

slap - to beat or strike on or against something with a slapping sound.

bran - the husk of wheat, oats, or other grain, separated from the flour after grinding                                                              rain

triptych - Antiq. A set of three writing-tablets hinged or tied together; a set of three operas or pieces of music intended to be performed together.

hillside - the lateral slope of a hill

deliciate - to take one's pleasure, enjoy oneself; to fill with delight

picaresque - belonging or relating to rogues or knaves: applied esp. to a style of literary fiction dealing with the adventures of rogues, chiefly of Spanish origin; Of a situation: transitory, impermanent.

oneiros (gr) - dream                                                                                                                                                          other

interpellant* - one who addresses an interpellation (the action of interpellating or of  interrupting by question or appeal);
interpellate - to interrupt (a person) in speaking.

qua - in so far as; in the capacity of