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  • The Lieutenant – Colonel of the regiment, an old cross-tempered martinet, did not choose to indulge the Captain (such was now the rank of Middlemas) in this humour.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • The female is most cross-tempered just after parturition, the male during the time of pairing; for instance, stallions at this period bite one another, throw their riders, and chase them.

    The History of Animals

  • The male camel also is cross-tempered at pairing time if either a man or a camel comes near him; as for a horse, a camel is ready to fight him at any time.

    The History of Animals

  • The Adrian hens are small-sized, but they lay every day; they are cross-tempered, and often kill their chickens; they are of all colours.

    The History of Animals

  • It is in consequence about this time cross-tempered to its own young.

    The History of Animals

  • In all connected with the rearing of the young the female parent is more cross-tempered than the male, as is the case with most animals after parturition.

    The History of Animals

  • She would not be positive which mode was the best, but certain she was that the cure was perfect and permanent; she herself had been ugly and cross-tempered, and now she left her audience to judge of her character and appearance.

    A Peep into Toorkisthhan

  • Now the King's Son had a step-mother, and she was often cross-tempered, and that very morning he and she had vexed each other.

    The King of Ireland's Son

  • If they were cross-tempered he might be kicked to death before he could escape.


  • I sat for hours cross-legged, and cross-tempered, upon my silks meditating upon the queer freaks chance plays upon us poor devils of mortals.

    A Princess of Mars


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