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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of decollate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Decapitated; worn or cast off in the process of growth, as the apex of certain univalve shells.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beheaded; specifically, in conchology, applied to those univalve shells which have the apex worn off in the progress of growth.
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Rumina saharica is one of the land snail species with decollated shells originating from the Mediterranean area.
And what appeared to us worthy of remark was, that whereas, when a snake was decollated, it was only the tail that continued to wriggle -- when a _worm_ was divided, _all_ the segments writhed in the same way, and manifested an equal irritability; showing the difference between creatures of annulated structure, according as they have or have not a _brain_.
_European_ merchants at Mogador in danger of being decollated by order of the emperor, on a charge of high-treason, 284.
He attended personally to the ceremonies of interring the decollated deceased, and then shut himself up for a week, to settle his mind.
A fine piece of a decollated head of St. John the Baptist was shown to a Turkish emperor; he praised many things, but he observed one defect; he observed that the skin did not shrink from the wounded part of the neck.
MANY German physicians and surgeons hold that there remains in the brain of a decollated head some degree of thought, and in the nerves something of sensibility.
A fine piece of a decollated head of St. John the Baptist was shown to a
His fpurs were firft cut off with a hatchet: he was in the next place ungirdled, or divefted of the military belt, to which his fword was fufpended, and with which at his cieation he was girt: he was then ftript of his gauntlets and fhoes, and afterwards hanged, decollated, drawn, and quartered.
A lottery-gambler will count the stabs on a dead body, the drops of blood from a decollated head, the passengers in an overturned coach, the wrinkles in the forehead of a new-born child, the gasps of a person struck by apoplexy, the day of the month and the hour and the minute of his death, the _scudi_ lost by a friend, the forks stolen by a thief, anything and everything, to play them in the lottery.
"The room is furnished with a set of Roman emperors, -- they are not placed in their proper order; for in the mad revelry of the evening, this family of frenzy have decollated all of them, except Nero; and his manners had too great a similarity to their own, to admit of his suffering so degrading an insult; their reverence for _virtue_ induced them to spare his head.