Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box to keep spices in; specifically, a cylindrical box inclosing a number of smaller boxes to contain the different kinds of spice used in cooking.
- n. In decorative art, a cylindrical box, low in proportion to its diameter, and having a lid; especially, such a box of Indian or other Oriental work. Spice-boxes are usually of metal, often of gold or silver, and decorated with damascening or otherwise.
“In using the phrase "the spice-box of earth" Cohen was using the image of the spice-box from the Jewish Havdalah ceremony, which is performed each Saturday night to mark the end of the Sabbath.”
“When I came upon Cohen's poem some years ago, the image of the spice-box of earth reminded me not only of Havdalah but also the fragrances of the natural world: grass, trees and flowers.”
“The rabbi thrusts his hands into the spice-box of earth, finds the sun and makes it a wedding ring for the Sabbath Queen.”
“And in a very real way the sun is within the spice-box of the earth since all life processes comes from the initial energy of the sun.”
“The spice-box of the earth changes every moment and is constantly filled with a complex diversity of elements.”
“In order to reconnect with Creation it is time to smell and feel once again the spice-box of earth to revive our souls.”
“Another "T" spice-box component is tamalpatra or bayleaves, lending their subtle flavor to so many dishes.”
“My drawing, my pencils, my precious copy, gathered into one crushed-up handful, perished from before my sight; I myself appeared to be shaken or emptied out of my chair, as a solitary and withered nutmeg might be emptied out of a spice-box by an excited cook.”
“Remedies need not by any means be disparaged by the busy practitioner, when his customary medicines seem to be out of place, or are beyond speedy reach; it being well known that a sick person is always ready to accept with eagerness plain assistant remedies sensibly advised from the garden, the store-closet, the spice-box, or the field.”
“One of the things which most interested Arabella was the arrangement of her own kitchen, with its gas stove and coal-range, its rows of shining copper vessels, its dresser, and its complete outfit, even to a spice-box.”
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