Hessian



[hesh-uh n] /ˈhɛʃ ən/

adjective
1.
of or relating to the state of Hesse or its inhabitants.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Hesse.
3.
a Hessian mercenary used by England during the American Revolution.
4.
a hireling or ruffian.
5.
(lowercase) .
6.
Also called Hessian andiron. (in the U.S.) an andiron having as an upright the figure of a Hessian soldier of the Revolutionary War.
/ˈhɛsɪən/
noun
1.
a coarse jute fabric similar to sacking, used for bags, upholstery, etc
/ˈhɛsɪən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Hesse
2.

3.
(mainly US) a mercenary or ruffian
adjective
4.
of or relating to Hesse or its inhabitants

from former Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel, western Germany; its soldiers being hired out by the ruler to fight for other countries, especially the British during the American Revolution, the name Hessians (unjustly) became synonymous with “mercenaries.” Hessian fly (Cecidomyia destructor) was a destructive parasite the ravaged U.S. crops late 18c., so named 1787 in erroneous belief that it was carried into America by the Hessians.

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  • Hessite

    [hes-ahyt] /ˈhɛs aɪt/ noun 1. a rare mineral, silver telluride, Ag 2 Te, found in silver ores: sometimes contains gold. /ˈhɛsaɪt/ noun 1. a black or grey metallic mineral consisting of silver telluride in cubic crystalline form. Formula: Ag2Te



  • Hessonite

    [hes-uh-nahyt] /ˈhɛs əˌnaɪt/ noun, Mineralogy. 1. . /ˈhɛsəˌnaɪt/ noun 1. an orange-brown variety of grossularite garnet Also called essonite, cinnamon stone n. 1820, from French essonit (1817), from Greek heson “less” + -ite (2). So called because it is lighter than similar minerals.

  • Hest

    [hest] /hɛst/ noun, Archaic. 1. . /hɛst/ noun 1. an archaic word for behest n. “bidding, command,” Old English hæs “bidding, behest, command,” from Proto-Germanic *hait-ti-, from *haitan “to call, name” (see hight (v.)). With -t added in Middle English on model of other pairings (cf. wist/wesan).



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