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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scorpion-shell, Pteroceras scorpio, found in the Indian ocean.
  • n. In botany, a small spiny tree, Acacia Greggii, of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.


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  • On our gun-deck all was bustle, smoke, grimy figures, and stern commands, while down in the engine and boiler rooms the sixteen furnaces were belching out fire and smoke, and the firemen standing in front of them, like so many gladiators, tugged away with devil's-claw and slice-bar, inducing by their exertions more and more intense combustion and heat.

    The Monitor and the Merrimac Both sides of the story


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