from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Alternanthera Achyrantha, a prostrate amarantaceous weed of warm countries. It is said to have diuretic properties.


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  • There was a forty-knot wind pouring down the glacier, threatening to blow us all the way to Banff.

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  • He walked down the steps, feeling the structure shudder and sway in the forty-knot gale.

    Arctic Fire

  • Even the Scots themselves admit that this brew should only be drunk in sub-zeiro weather on The Hill, in a forty-knot gale, after stalking and shooting a ten-point stag.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • They were able to watch the fire spread, the flames carried rapidly before a forty-knot surface wind.

    Red Storm Rising

  • At fifteen knots, the Foxtrot was too slow to run away from the forty-knot torpedo.

    Red Storm Rising

  • The sonar crew estimated fifteen-foot waves and forty-knot winds, unusual for the arctic summer.

    Red Storm Rising

  • The convoy of ballasted ships was steaming into the teeth of a forty-knot gale.

    Red Storm Rising

  • What they first saw on the 343 was the wake of this torpedo, coming on at a forty-knot clip for the waist of the ship.

    The U-boat hunters

  • Torpedoes generally strike twelve to fifteen feet under water, but just before this one could make the 343 it broached -- came to the surface of the water -- but without slacking her forty-knot speed.

    The U-boat hunters

  • "Sounds all right," he admitted, "but for sheer excitement give me a misty morning, the bows of a forty-knot destroyer cutting the sea into diamonds, decks cleared for action, and old Dick in oilskins on the salute -- 'Enemy's submarine, sir, on the port bow, sir.'"

    Kingdom of the Blind


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