from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A swoon; a sudden fit of sickness.


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  • As I was thus musing, the bright red sun of summer sank down behind the top of the Pentland Hills, and all looked bluish, dowie, and dreary, as if the heart of the world had been seized with a sudden dwalm, and the face of nature had at once withered from blooming youth into the hoariness of old age.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

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  • Chiefly Scottish: n., a fainting spell, reverie or daydream; v., to faint, become dazed.

    December 3, 2007