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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mnemonic name of that mood of the first figure of syllogism of which the major premise is negative and the minor particular.

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  • "The mnemonic name of that mood of the first figure of syllogism of which the major premise is negative and the minor particular. The following is an example: No birds are viviparous; but some marine animals are birds; hence, some marine animals are not viviparous. The word is one of the names invented in the thirteenth century and attributed to Petrus Hispanus. The three vowels, e, i, o, indicate the quantity and quality of the three propositions. See barbara."

    --Cent. Dict.

    May 6, 2011