American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of deep thought.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a state of mental abstraction or serious reverie.
- n. a state of deep absorption or thoughtfulness
- From obsolete brown ("gloomy") and study. (Wiktionary)
- brown, gloomy + study, mental state. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How long he would have sat will never be known, if his brown study had not been ended by Rivington's entrance.”
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looks like there's not an open Moby Dick list. So now there is.
List title totally stolen from she. Right, the stock entry for this list should be a two-word phrase where one of the words denotes a colour; even better if the expression has some metaphoric value...
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