from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corruption of atomy.
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Tim did a similar song-otomy a bit later when he realized that even in the solitude of the car it would still sing.
"Ay, you may well ask whether that old dried-up _otomy_, who ought to grin in a glass case for folks to stare at, be kith and kin of such a bang-up cove as your fancy man, Luke," said Turpin, laughing -- "but i 'faith he is."