birrus. a hooded cloak of coarse wool, a common article of apparel in the later Roman Empire.
Zoology. a collection of silky filaments by which certain mollusks attach themselves to rocks. an ancient cloth, thought to be of linen, cotton, or silk. Historical Examples A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Illustrated Index of British Shells […]
brown lung. noun a lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of fibre dust in textile factories
a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker. Contemporary Examples D.C.’s Conservative Guru Finds His Inner Hippie Eleanor Clift June 26, 2014 How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery Abigail Pesta March 21, 2011 The Changing Face of Arlington Cemetery Joseph R. Chenelly May 28, 2011 In Los Angeles, Questions of Police Brutality Dog LAPD […]