American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous smooth shiny lizards of the family Scincidae, having a cylindrical body and small or rudimentary legs and living chiefly in temperate and tropical regions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw or pour out (liquor); serve for drinking; offer or present (drink, etc.).
- To fill with liquor; pour liquor into.
- To draw, pour out, or serve liquor or drink.
- n. Drink; any liquor used as a beverage.
- n. A skinker. See the quotation.
- n. A shin-bone of beef; also, soup made with a shin of beef or other sinewy parts.
- n. A scincoid lizard; any member of the family Scincidæ in a broad sense, as the adda, Scincus officinalis, to which the name probably first attached. They are harmless creatures, some inches long, natives mostly of warm countries, with small, sometimes rudimentary limbs, and generally smooth scales. Those with well-formed legs resemble other lizards, but some (as of the scarcely separable family Anguidæ) are more snake-like or even worm-like, as the slow-worm of Europe. Common skinks in the United States are the blue-tailed, Eumeces fasciatus, and the ground-skink, Oligosoma laterale. See Anguis, Eumeces, Seps, and cuts under
- n. A lizard of the Scincidae family, having small or reduced limbs or none at all and long tails that are regenerated when shed.
- v. Scotland to serve (a drink)
- n. obsolete drink
- n. obsolete pottage
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family
Scincidæ, common in the warmer parts of all the continents.
- v. obsolete To draw or serve, as drink.
- v. obsolete To serve or draw liquor.
- n. obsolete Drink; also, pottage.
- n. alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide
- From Old English scencan or Old Norse skenkja. (Wiktionary)
- Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the idea of skink control in a space as large as a ladies 'room is frightening.”
“HANNA: A skink is a lizard, but it's a prehensile tail.”
“mcz: Oh, and one of the things I noticed about the skink was the concrete.”
“This particular individual had 4 upper labial scales, which would make it a five-lined skink.”
“It is either the common five-lined skink (Eumeces fasciatus) or the broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps).”
“Of the animals that move about on the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.”
“Rice is nice – think paella, or kedgeree – but this is one of those rare and beautiful unions where both parties shine brighter in each other's company: from poached salmon and Jersey royals to Jansson's temptation and cullen skink, the combination just works.”
“It's utterly delicious – the fish has flavoured the milk beautifully – but so rich that I can only imagine eating it in tiny, restaurant portions, rather than the big steaming bowls I think cullen skink deserves.”
“The New York Times claims it comes from the Middle High German word for a weak beer, which seems to make some of sense for a thin soup, but the Oxford Companion to Food counters that it's a variation of the German "schinke", or ham, denoting a shin specifically: "so the archetypal skink is a soup made from shin of beef".”
“Although cullen skink relies upon a certain amount of milk or cream to give it richness, when and how much to add varies wildly.”
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