from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A juggling apparatus consisting of a spool which is whirled and tossed on a string attached to handsticks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old game or sport (revived under this name) consisting in whirling on a string, fastened to two sticks, a small somewhat spool-shaped object (called the diabolo) so as to balance it on a string, toss it in the air and catch it, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The game of the devil on two sticks. See devil.
"Higher," they pleaded, until the clown launched the prop, known as a diabolo, again, about 50 feet high this time, towards the lofty, ornate glass and stone ceilings of the Ben Franklin Memorial hall.
It's known as chakchouka in Morocco and the Middle East, uovo diabolo in Italy, oeufs en cocotte in France, piperade in Basque, egg curry in India.
A small factory shot through with windows flings out a red diabolo each minute–streetcars.
Quarum animas lucrari debent Deo, sacrificant diabolo.
Non pauci se cruciant, et excarnificant in tantum, ut non parum absint ab insania; neque tamen aliud hac mentis anxietate efficiunt, quam ut diabolo potestatem faciant ipsos per desperationem ad infernos producendi.
A busker singing on the street corner; students handing out flyers for discount meals or designer clothing sales; a juggler with a diabolo shooting up and down a string suspended between two sticks, flinging it impossibly high into the air and catching it in one smooth gesture; a guy selling watches and beads out of a suitcase.
I enjoyed a diabolo violette this afternoon at La Salon Prune while my family bickered over immigration issues.
The pleasure to be derived from diabolo is undoubtedly one of these.
We were joined by Octave who had no hesitation in telling Andrée the number of strokes he had gone round in, the day before, at golf, then by Albertine, counting her diabolo as she walked along, like a nun telling her beads.
Quixote, "Remember that you stand excommunicated for having laid violent hands on a holy thing, juxta illud, si quis, suadente diabolo."
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