from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The charaeter of being nesh; softness; tenderness; weakness or delicacy of constitution.
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- noun UK (dialect) The condition of being
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In speaking of the properties of lead, the old English Bartholomew says: "Of uncleanness of impure brimstone, lead hath a manner of neshness, and smircheth his hand who toucheth it ... a man may wipe off the uncleanness, but always it is lead, although it seemeth silver."
Aristotle saith that of brimstone that is boisterous and not swiftly pured, but troublous and thick, and of quicksilver, the substance of lead is gendered, and is gendered in mineral places; so of uncleanness of impure brimstone lead hath a manner of neshness, and smircheth his hand that toucheth it.
“I don’t know for certain; but I should be inclined to think it was from general neshness of constitution.