from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian scarabæid beetle, Schizorrhina australasiæ.


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  • In the immediate aftermath of the liberalizing Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), Catholic traditionalists, with their attachment to the Latin Mass, fiddle-back vestments, clerical supremacy, and the entire culture of the Counter-Reformation, were rebels.

    James Carroll: Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

  • She perched upon a fiddle-back and the priest returned to the sofa.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • "fiddle-back" pattern, are the conspicuous pieces of furniture; rich old cabinets stand against the walls, and oddly shaped earthern jars are ranged on shelves.

    Child-life in Art


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