Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch name of the yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the note of which is translated “deil, deil, deil take ye.”

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  • "devil's-bird," a familiar spirit, in the pommel of that famous long sword of his, which he was only too ready to lug out on provocation -- the said spirit, Agoth by name, being probably only the laudanum bottle with which he worked so many wondrous cures, and of which, to judge from his writings, he took only too freely himself.

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