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hesychius has looked up 3 words, created 1 list, listed 14 words, written 11 comments, added 3 tags, and loved 1 word.

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  • Quand on suivait, comme un fil de la Vierge dans l’air rose du matin, l’espèce de nitescence qui courait au profil de ses cheveux d’ambre pàle jusqu’à la nacre de ses épaules, on aurait cru à une fantaisie de Raphaël, tracée avec quelque merveilleux fusain d’argent sur du papier de soie couleur de chair. —Barbey d’Aurevilly, Une vieille maîtresse (1851), in Œuvres romanesques (Pléiade, Gallimard, 1966) 223.

    July 3, 2009

  • Malgré son physique encore très enfantin, elle <Lolita> irradiait une sorte de nitescence langoureuse —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (trad. par Maurice Couturier).

    July 3, 2009

  • Ses yeux se mouillent aisément avant le plaisir; ils étincellent et s’enduisent d’une vague nitescence; on croirait qu’il va tout aimer. —Sainte-Beuve, Volupté (Les Belles Lettres, 1927, orig. 1834) 145.

    July 3, 2009

  • To kick back, hence to resist. From Latin calx, heel; calcitrare, ‘kick back’ (as a horse does with its hind leg).

    July 2, 2009

  • What say we also of putours, that liue by the horrible sinne of puterie, and constreine women to yelde him a certain rent of hir bodily puterie, ye sometime his owen wif or his childe. — Chaucer, Parsones Tale.

    October 20, 2007

  • “One of a number of short pieces of timber about seven feet long, used in building scaffolds. They lie at right angles to the wall, with one of their ends resting upon it, and the other upon the poles which lie parallel to the side of the wall of the building�? (Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1894).

    October 20, 2007

  • See put-log.

    October 20, 2007

  • “A kind of colored, checquered silk handkerchief�? (Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1894). Also pulicat.

    October 20, 2007

  • C’est le titre d’un drame de Térence et d’un poème de Baudelaire.

    September 15, 2007

  • ‘Kilter’ and ’kelter’ are variants, mostly in the phrases “out of kilter/kelter�?, “off kelter/kilter�?—not in working condition, awry.

    July 12, 2007

  • Denotes integration of a function on a closed curve. See the Wikipedia entry for more.

    June 28, 2007

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