from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as abecedarian.
- n. An a-b-c book; a primer.
- n. A first principle or element; rudiment: as, “such rudiments or abecedaries,”
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From this abecedary, that is, a hymn in which every strophe begins with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, there are missing the strophes beginning with the letters from U to Z.
For example, one of the stories "From 'Abecediarya'" (it's actually an excerpt from an upcoming novel) by Adam David is best described as a narrative that follows an abecedary format.
An odd bestiary, or, A compendium of instructive and entertaining descriptions of animals: Culled from five centuries of travelers 'accounts, natural histories, ... famous and obscure, arranged as an abecedary by Alan James Robinson
Ineke is about to launch her new perfume, Evening Edged in Gold, thus adding the letter "E" to her fragrant abecedary anthology...
The rest includes a number of brief curiosities he claims to have written in his sleep, an sfnal abecedary, amusements at the expense of Picasso and one of the field's prominent editors, and more (over seventy items in all), all deft and witty and many of them blessed with an acerbic bite.
The second hymn, also an abecedary, is apparently the song of the new birth of a soul in baptism; the whole song would enable us to ascertain this, but the first five strophes (beginning with A to E) have been lost.
St. Augustine, the latter did not contribute to hymnody but left us only an interesting rhythmical abecedary composed in the year 393 and intended for singing as the repetition verse proves.
Cistercians, the Dominicans, these last chanting at Lauds only the strophe from the abecedary of Sedulius (lines 37-40):
These oikoi are alternately longer and shorter, and their initial letters form a Greek abecedary.
And this is pretended from the sympathy of two needles touched with the same loadstone, and placed in the centre of two abecedary circles, or rings with letters described round about them, one friend keeping one, and another the other, and agreeing upon the hour wherein they will communicate.
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