mandragon = mandrake - any plant of the genus Mandragora, native to Southern Europe and the East, and characterized by very short stems, thick, fleshy, often forked, roots, and fetid lance-shaped leaves. 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. The notion indicated in the narrative of Genesis xxx, that the fruit when eaten by women promotes conception, is said still to survive in Palestine.
mor - a forest humus + mor (mor) (gael) - big, great.
wifey - wife
morion - black smoky quartz; a kind of helmet, without beaver or visor, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th c. + morion (l) = morios (gr) - deadly nightshade male-mandrake: a species of mandrake.
thrydakias (gr) - female-mandrake: a species of mandrake
basilisk - a fabulous reptile, also called a cockatrice, alleged to be hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg; ancient authors stated that its hissing drove away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal.
weeny - very small, tiny; Also teeny-weeny.
hale - free from disease, healthy, in good health, well
arteries + A man is as old as his arteries (proverb).
verve - energy, vigour, an energetic style + vervain - herb once supposed aphrodisiac.
arsenic - name of one of the chemical elements, and of some of its compounds, which are violent poisons + Ulysses.18.240: 'white Arsenic she put in his tea' + FDV: this prime hoarwhite Woolwhite albwhite arsenic
bismuth - a reddish white metal, in same group of elements as arsenic + bismite - bismuth oxide.
alloyed - mixed with a baser metal, so as to be reduced in quality
martial - of or pertaining to war or battle + FDV: with his bloody little [mortal sin with his peccadilly, hodinstag Hodinstag by friggabett, Friggabett] baron and feme:
peccadillo - a small or venial fault or sin; a trifling offence + Piccadilly - the name of a street and circus in London.
lease - to grant the possession or use of (lands, etc.) by a lease
dowser - someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
dour - relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance
dipper - a name given to various birds which dip or dive in water
douce - sweet, pleasant
hearten - to put heart into, give heart to (a person, etc.); to inspire with confidence, embolden, encourage
Landsmal - a literary form of Norwegian devised by the Norwegian philologist Ivar Aasen (1813-1896) from the country dialects most closely descended from Old Norse, and considered to be a 'purer' form of the Norwegian language than the official Riksmĺl or Dano-Norwegian.
gas - something or someone that is very pleasing, exciting, impressive, admirable, etc. + great gas (Slang) - great fun.
grand slam - a complete success; spec. victory in all of a series of matches or competitions; in whist and bridge, taking every trick
shabby - Of persons, their actions, etc.: Contemptibly mean, ungenerous, or dishonourable; poorly-dressed, 'seedy' + Solomon and Queen of Sheba.
cod (Slang) - simpleton
coney - rabbit; simpleton (Slang)
cash and carry - a system whereby the purchaser pays cash for goods and takes them away himself + cash-and-carried (Rhyming Slang) - married.
corsair - In English often treated as identical with pirate, though the Saracen and Turkish corsairs were authorized and recognized by their own government as part of its settled policy towards Christendom + Lord Byron: The Corsair.
dame - a form of address originally used to a lady of rank, or a woman of position
Biber (ger) - beaver
lymph - pure water, water in general, a stream. Only poet. and rhetorical + Margaret Kennedy: The Constant Nymph.
Boniface - the name of the jovial innkeeper in Farquhar's Beaux' Stratagem 1707; whence taken as the generic proper name of innkeepers; 'mine host', or 'the landlord' of the inn + bona facies (l) - nice face.
bonny - pleasing to the sight, comely, beautiful
the big smoke - a colloquial name for London
lickle - childish or illiterate form of 'little'
Fahrmann (ger) - ferryman
wagoner - jocular. The driver of a vehicle + vogn (Norwegian) - wagon.
trolley - locally applied to a low cart of various kinds, e.g. a costermonger's cart; a low truck without sides or ends, esp. one with flanged wheels for running on a railway, or a track of rails in a factory, etc. + trull (Slang) - whore.
hundert (ger) - 100
elf (ger) - 11
An Tulach Mor (un tulokh mor) (gael) - The Great Assembly-Hill; co. seat of Co. Offaly; anglic. Tullamore + Ur-loch mor (urlokh mor) (gael) - great fresh lake.
Maryborough, town, County Leix
Laoighis (lish) (gael) - Progeny of Lughaidh Laoighseach ("calf-rich"); tribal land now central co.; anglic. Leix (quondam "Queen's County," its seat, Portlaoighse, was called "Maryborough").
Ui Failghe (ifalyi) (gael) - descendants of Ros-Failgheach; tribal land now central co. N. of Laoighis; anglic. Offaly + County Leix and County Offaly (Queen's and King's Counties).
abunda (fem.) (l) - copious + Bunyan: Grace Abounding.
régie - In France and certain other countries: a government department that administers a state-controlled industry or service; formerly esp., one responsible for taxation, customs and excise, etc. + Regius Professor - holder of a British professorship created by a royal patron.
screendoor - a metallic or textile outer door of a pair, used for protection against insects or storms
vedette - Mil. A mounted sentry placed in advance of the outposts of an army to observe the movements of the enemy; a stage or film star + vedette (fr) - film star.
Peg O'My Heart - title, heroine of J. H. Manner's play, 1912. Peg O'Connell is a winsome Irish-American colleen who bewitches an English lord.
scaur - an isolated or protruding rock
grisly - causing horror, terror, or extreme fear
rockdove = rockpigeon - a species of dove (Columba livia) inhabiting rocks and believed to be the source of the domestic pigeon.
Odin, Frigg - principal Norse deities (husband and wife) + 16th century Dublin markets on Wednesday (Odin's day) and Friday (Frigg's day) + Tag (ger) - day.
baron - Law and Her. (conjoined with feme): Husband.
feme - Law. (Chiefly conjoined with baron) Wife.
dishcover - a cover of ware or metal placed over hot food + discover + FDV: that he may discover dishcover her:
uncouple - to unfasten, disconnect + FDV: that she may uncover uncouple him:
crumple - to crush (something, typically paper or cloth) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled + FDV: that he may close over come & cover comencupper her:
recoup - to recompense (a person) for (some loss or outlay); to regain lost health, vitality, etc. + FDV: that they soon recover recoup themselves:
now and then (obs.) - at one time and at another, at various times, at intervals, occasionally
periodicity - the quality or character of being periodic, the quality of regular recurrence + FDV: now and then, time and time again, as per periodicity:
neave - obs. form of nieve (a clenched hand, a fist) + Neaves - as Mrs Yoder says, a baby food of Ulysses + Neamh (Irish) - heaven.
W.G. Wills (wrote A Royal Divorce)
BUSHMILLS - Town, County Antrim; "Old Bushmils" whiskey is to North Ireland what John Jameson and Son is to Dublin.
Enos - biblical name in the genealogies of Adam, and consequently referred to within the genealogies of Chronicles, and of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. He is the son of Seth, father of Kenan, and grandson of Adam (Gen. 5:6-11; Luke 3:38). He supposedly lived nine hundred and five years. In his time “men began to call upon the name of the Lord”.
Goerz, town, Italy
Haarlem, town, Netherlands
skittish - Of disposition, etc.: Characterized by levity, frivolity, or excessive liveliness + SCOTTISH WIDOWS' FUND AND LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY - Its Dublin offices were at 41 Westmoreland Street; named in Rowantree's Poverty, along with Heats of Oak Life Assurance Co.
widda - vulgar pronunciation of widow
VIA MALA - The spectacular stretch of road in the Grisons, Switzerland, on the highway up the ravine of the Hinterrhein toward the Splugen and San Bernardino Passes + via mala (l) - the evil way.
KHYBER PASS - Pass in Safed Koh range South of Mohmand Hills on border between Afghanistan and Pakistan; traversed for centuries by armies and peoples invading India + Khyber pass (Cockney Rhyming Slang) = arse + FDV: via mala, hyber pass:
Landweg (ger) - country road
Kipling: 'The Road to Mandalay' (song) + FDV: through lands vague and vain, after mandelays:
FDV: in their first case, in to their the next place, in till their our cousins' cousins cozenkerries:
highways and byeways - all the roads and streets in a particular area, all the different aspects of something
pent - shut up within narrow limits; closely confined, imprisoned
plain - free from obstructions or interruptions; unobstructed, clear, open + FDV: the high & the by, they the both pent & plain:
cowslip - the common name of Primula veris, a well-known wild plant in pastures and grassy banks, blossoming in spring, with drooping umbels of fragrant yellow flowers
yillow (Irish Pronunciation) - yellow
pumpkin - a large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds
pinguis (l) - fat
whack - to strike forcefully with a sharp blow + whacked to the wide (Slang) - utterly exhausted + (notebook 1924): 'whacked to the wide'.
to the wide - to the extreme; entirely, utterly. Used in various slang phrs., as blind (broke, dead, out, etc.) to the wide.
oder (ger) - or
hustings - a court held in the Guildhall of London by the Lord Mayor, Recorder, and Sheriffs (or Aldermen), long the supreme court of the city + FDV: [whether] whacked to the wide and or happy under tied to housetree:
neath - beneath
Arthur's Seat - highest hill in Edinburgh on which, in Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Wringhim tries to kill his brother
Derby - proper name of the most noted annual horse-race in England, founded in 1780 by the twelfth Earl of Derby, and run at the Epsom races, usually on the Wednesday before, or the second Wednesday after, Whitsunday.
toun - town (obs.) + Henry Woodfall: Derby and Joan (song).
til sengentid (Danish) - till bedtime
codladh (kule) (gael) - sleep + codlaim (kudlim) (gael) - I sleep.
unter (ger) - under + Linnen (ger) - linen + Unter der Linden (ger) - Berlin street + FDV: in the grounds or unterlinnen:
canny - skilful, clever, 'cunning' + FDV: [rue toolate and ca'canny:]
shipside - the outside of the hull of a ship; the dock adjacent to a moored ship + Cheapside and Covent Garden, London + FDV: shipside, by convent garden:
sempstress - a woman who seams or sews; a needlewoman whose occupation is plain sewing as distinguished from dress or mantle-making, decorative embroidery, etc.
sackcloth - a coarse textile fabric (now of flax or hemp) used chiefly in the making of bags or sacks and for the wrapping up of bales, etc.; As the material of mourning or penitential garb; also (in contrast with 'purple' or 'gold') as the coarsest possible clothing, indicative of extreme poverty or humility.
silkily - in a silky manner; smoothly, quietly + FDV: monk & at but sempstress, and sand sant in sackcloth silkily:
curious - somewhat surprising, strange, odd, queer
daimon (gr) - spirit, deity; demon + FDV: curious dreamers, curious dramas, curious demons daimon demon, plagiarist plagiast dayman, plagiarist dearest, plagiarist plaguiest dourest:
dayman - one employed for the day, or for duty on a special day
STRANGFORD - South Lough, an almost landlocked inlet of the sea in East County Down (Ulster); and a town on the West side of its entrance. Plantation of this area by Scottish immigrants took place under James I after 1605 and by ex-soldiers under Cromwell in the 1650's.
planter - one who sets plants in the ground to grow, or who sows seed; hence, a cultivator of the soil, a farmer, an agriculturist; fig. One who plants a church, religion, institution, or the like, which takes root and grows.
protesting + FDV: while for Antrim's the strangfort drummers planters are prodesting
CARCER - The small prison North-East of the Forum in Rome where criminals were held pending trial + Cork (Munster).
felon - a vile or wicked person, a villain, Law. One who has committed felony.
lit. Trockenboden (ger) - drying-loft
liberty + Liberties, Dublin (Leinster) + FDV: and the de Corkery karkery felons are dry flooring it the Liberties' lapp leperties' laddo clearing the way, plump for Sligo slygo Slee.
laddo (colloq.) - lad, boy
Sligeach (shligokh) (gael) - Shelly, Shell-mound; N.W. co. and town; anglic. Sligo (Connacht)
slighe (shli) (gael) - way, road + sleep