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  • adj. Wessex (slang) (archaic) overgrown.

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Examples

  • Vienna has strict statutes against fornication and adultery, but those statutes have been allowed to atrophy 'like an o'ergrown lion in a cave/That goes not out to prey'.

    Shakespeare

  • And yonder, "sitting upon the river-bank o'ergrown," with questioning eyes, was another shade, more habituated to these haunts -- the shade known so well to bathers "in the abandoned lasher," and to dancers

    Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story

  • One day, in their rovings through the park, they came by chance upon a door in the hill-side, but so o'ergrown with creeping vines that, had not the little lord stumbled upon it, 'twas very like it had been there to this day without discovery.

    A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales

  • Arbours o'ergrown with woodbines, caves and dells;

    The Bed-Book of Happiness

  • In the first two divisions of the poem the story does, in some sort, get forward; but in the continuation, by George Chapman (who wrote the last four "sestiads"), [21] the path is utterly lost, "with woodbine and the gadding vine o'ergrown."

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

  • With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown, 40

    Lycidas

  • It may be said in excuse that Celia had heard the piteous story of his conversion, how he had become 'a wretched ragged man o'ergrown with hair, 'and what is more to the point, she had heard of Orlando's noble kindness to him.

    More Pages from a Journal

  • And its leathern sheath lie o'ergrown with a blue crust,

    Dramatic Romances

  • Even now their polished columns and pilasters lie o'erthrown and broken, o'ergrown with acanthus and myrtle, but sparkling still, and flouting the slovenly art of modern workmen.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • Some columns stand, with mantling weeds o'ergrown;

    The Poetical Works of Beattie, Blair, and Falconer With Lives, Critical Dissertations, and Explanatory Notes

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