from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common death-watch, Anobium tessellatum.
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It haunts my ears, it is frightful, to say to one's self: There is clockwork somewhere, just about to reach the death-tick -- and not to know where, not to know where!
It knocks there night and day like the death-tick in the desk of Mickiewicz's poem.
The hearing, in the wall, of the "death-watch," or "death-tick," betokens a death in the house.
That this mysterious hummingbird of ocean -- which, had it but brilliancy of hue, might, from its evanescent liveliness, be almost called its butterfly, yet whose chirrup under the stern is ominous to mariners as to the peasant the death-tick sounding from behind the chimney jamb -- should have its special haunt at the Encantadas, contributes, in the seaman's mind, not