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  • n. Plural form of pismire.


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  • In July they held a school meeting, at which one of the leading men, the heaviest taxpayer in town, arose and said he should like to know why he was to pay his money to a teacher who bought "pismires" into school and taught the children about them, and who introduced "THE NOVEL."

    The Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball That Floats in the Air

  • More serious conjectures find some examples of sepulture in elephants, cranes, the sepulchral cells of pismires, and practice of bees, — which civil society carrieth out their dead, and hath exequies, if not interments.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Redness of the face, and itching, as if they were flea-bitten, or stung with pismires, from a sharp subtle wind.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • His pride arrived at its height when, having ascended for the first time the eleven thousand stairs of his tower, he cast his eyes below, and beheld men not larger than pismires, mountains than shells, and cities than bee-hives.

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

  • And these pismires be great as hounds, so that no man dare come to those hills for the pismires would assail them and devour them anon.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • For the pismires will suffer beasts to go and pasture amongst them, but no man in no wise.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And therefore when it is great heat, the pismires rest them in the earth, from prime of the day into noon.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And in other times, when it is not so hot, and that the pismires ne rest them not in the earth, then they get gold by this subtlety.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And when the pismires see those vessels, they leap in anon: and they have this kind that they let nothing be empty among them, but anon they fill it, be it what manner of thing that it be; and so they fill those vessels with gold.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And then the folk of the country take camels, dromedaries, and horses and other beasts, and go thither, and charge them in all haste that they may; and after that, they flee away in all haste that the beasts may go, or the pismires come out of the earth.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville


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