from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A straw bed.


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  • The Squar brought me a Plant the root of which the nativs eat. this root most resembles a Carrot in form and Size and Something of its colour, being of a pailer yellow than that of our Carrot, the Stem and leaf is much like the Common Carrot, and the taste not unlike. it is a native of moist land.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • «I Je proverbe si commun en France de dire voila qui n'a pas de nez nous y servira beaucoup; c 'est une maniere de pailer commune a tout le nionde, & dont on se sert frequemnient; je vous prends vous memes a temoins.

    Illustrations of Sterne, with other essays and verses

  • Thus arranged the platter is deposited on burning coals or hot embers and the pot reversed with the apparture in it's edge turned towards coverd the whole. dry wood pretty much doated _; is then plased arron the pot in sush manner as compleatly to cover it is then set on fire and the opperator must shortly after begin to watch his beads through the apparture of the pot lest they should be distroyed by being over heated. he suffers the beads to acquire a deep red heat from which when it passes in a small degree to a pailer or whitish red, or he discovers that the beads begin to become pointed at their upper extremities he removes the fire from about the pot and suffers the whole to cool gradually. the pot is then removed and the beads taken out. the clay which fills the hollow of the beads is picked out with an awl or nedle, the bead is then fit for uce.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806


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  • A straw bed? Not the definition I expected. I assumed it meant someone who empties a pail.

    August 28, 2019

  • Likely derived from French paille, straw.

    August 29, 2019

  • NIce! Thanks.

    August 29, 2019