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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In petrography, a fine-grained metamorphic rock composed chiefly of augite, with some feldspar, quartz, and other minerals. Also called (in German) erlanfels.


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  • The Duke of Cumb [erlan] d attacked the Duke of Buccleugh last night for wearing his under his coat; son Altesse R. a une bovardise fort intiressante il faut lui rendre justice.

    George Selwyn His Letters and His Life

  • The Duke of Cumb [erlan] d (48) sat between Lady Betty and Lady Sarah, who was his partner.

    George Selwyn His Letters and His Life

  • I have no liking and esteem for Lord Sack (ville), or ever had, any more than acquaintance with him, but from the first to the last I have believed that he has been sacrificed to the implacable resentment of P (rince) Ferd (inand), the late Duke of Cumb (erlan) d, and the late King, helped on by all the private malice and flattery in the world; and all which I heard last night, of which I cannot have the least doubt, confirms me in that opinion.

    George Selwyn His Letters and His Life


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