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curved inward; hooked.


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  • Adust

    dried or darkened as by heat. burned; scorched. Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood. Historical Examples Go, ye Chimeras, with your magnetic vellum; sweet young Chimera, adust middle-aged one! The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle He was tired and adust with long riding; but he did not go home. Romola George Eliot adust, a-dust′, adj. burnt […]

  • Aduwa

    a town in N Ethiopia: Italians defeated 1896. Historical Examples It is called in Bornou, bitu; and in Haussa, Aduwa and tinku, both tree and fruit. Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2 James Richardson noun a town in N Ethiopia: Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians here […]

  • Adv.

    . . ad valorem. . . . . adversus. . . . . Historical Examples That it really was advertising was shown by the “Adv.” sign, large and plain, in both the papers which carried it. Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams Adv.: wsa fengel geatolc gengde, passed on in a stately manner, 1402. Beowulf Unknown […]

  • Advaita

    one of the two principal Vedantic schools, asserting the existence of Brahman alone, whose appearance as the world is an illusion resulting from ignorance. Compare (def 2). Historical Examples In fact the Advaita philosophy countenances emotional theism only as an imperfect creed and not as the highest truth. Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) […]

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