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- v. To dance, especially a morris dance
- v. To move away rapidly; to decamp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dancing the morrice; dancing.
- n. Same as 1st morris.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See morris, etc.
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England sometimes use swords, and in one case the performers of an undoubted sword-dance were called "morrice" dancers in the eighteenth century.
“Aha, water, sayest thou, Long Allen?” exclaimed another archer, with a most scornful emphasis on the despised element; “how wouldst like such beverage thyself, after such a morrice dancing?”
“Farewell, then,” cried his mates in the morrice — “fare well, slashing bonnet maker, till we meet again.”
The morrice dancers accordingly set out upon their further progress, dancing and carolling as they went along to the sound of four musicians, who led the joyous band, while Simon Glover drew their coryphaeus into his house, and placed him in a chair by his parlour fire.
Smith, for he broke off from the morrice dancers, promising, as it seems, to meet them, as your honour has said, at the sign of the Griffin, in order to conclude the evening.
It is recorded in the protocol of the Reverend Sir Louis Lundin, that divers well reported witnesses saw our deceased citizen, Oliver Proudfute, till a late period accompanying the entry of the morrice dancers, of whom he was one, as far as the house of Simon Glover, in Curfew Street, where they again played their pageant.
Catholic should drink as much good ale and wine as he had means to procure; and, if young and able, that he should dance at the ring, or figure among the morrice dancers, who, in the city of Perth, as elsewhere, wore a peculiarly fantastic garb, and distinguished themselves by their address and activity.
Morrises and Morrisons descended from orgiastic Morris-dancers, also called Marian's morrice-men.
February 21, 2008 at 9:08 am sory ai dind reply 2 ur comment, morrice !
Across the page the symbols moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of their letters, wearing quaint caps of squares and cubes.
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