Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A division of the Upper Eocene in the southern and southeastern Alps. It is a sandstone containing few fossils other than fucoids: the equivalent of the flysch.
“Florence, and its "hard, malignant people," the people who still had something in them of "the mountain and rock" of their birthplace: -- "_E tiene ancor del monte e del macigno. _”
“The buttresses are all to be built of _macigno_, or other hard stone, and the walls of the cupola are, in like manner, to be all of solid stone bound to the buttresses to the height of twenty-four braccia, and thence upward they shall be constructed of brick or of spongite (spugne), as shall be determined on by the masters who build it, they using that which they consider lightest.”
“There will thus be constructed twenty-four buttresses with the said vaults built around, and six strong high arches of a hard stone (macigno), well clamped and bound with iron fastenings, which must be covered with tin, and over these stones shall be cramping irons, by which the vaults shall be bound to the buttresses.”
“The Carrara or Luna marble quarries, which constituted the principal source from which statuary marble was derived even prior to the time of Augustus, and which will probably continue to do so until the quarries of Paros shall be reopened, are beds of calcareous sandstone -- macigno -- altered by”
““the mountain and rock” of their birthplace: — “E tiene ancor del monte e del macigno.””
“(_macigno_) jutting from desolate beds of lime and shale at the height of some 3500 feet above the sea.”
“_macigno_ laid crosswise, in such sort that both vaults of the cupola shall rest on these stones.”
“All the while I could not help thinking of Dante and his condemnation of Florence, and its “hard, malignant people,” the people who still had something in them of “the mountain and rock” of their birthplace: ” “E tiene ancor del monte e del macigno.””
“E tiene ancor del monte e del macigno, "meaning it in anger.”
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