the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words; alliteration, as in The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew.
to gird about; encompass; surround. Historical Examples I honestly believe that his performance would beat down the frigid steel ramparts that begird the English “lady.” Nights in London Thomas Burke E’er shall avail her neck to begird with yesterday’s ribband. The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus verb (transitive) (poetic) -girds, -girding, -girt, […]
to go away; depart (usually used in the imperative). Historical Examples The council, in answer, reiterated their orders for him to begone. Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) John Hill Burton I lingered—why, I can hardly tell—until once more she bade me begone. Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell begone, and thank […]
any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers. Historical Examples A good one for a shady window is the one called the ‘beefsteak’ begonia. The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming. Ellen Eddy Shaw I lost a number of begonia slips by […]
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be good interjection A parting salutation •Later expanded with ”if you can’t be good, be careful, and if you can’t be careful, don’t name it after me” (1908+)