from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as portass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.), engraving A breviary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A portable breviary; a porteous


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  • His great desire was to learn to read, but it was not encouraged by the hermit, nor was there any book available save the portuary, crookedly and contractedly written on vellum, so as to be illegible to anyone unfamiliar with writing, with Latin, or the service.

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit

  • In the skin of a rabbit, carefully prepared, and next wrapped in a silken kerchief, and kept under his chaff pillow, was the hermit's portuary, which was carefully and silently transferred by Hal to his own bosom.

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit

  • A little portuary, or abbreviated manual of the service, was all that the hermit possessed, treasured with his small crucifix in his bosom, and of course it was in Latin.

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit

  • At least on the one I went, that was in a small portuary city ... forgot the name right now. Antenna

  • When it was not possible to go far afield in the frosts and snows, he conned King Henry's portuary, trying to identify the written words with those he knew by heart, and sometimes trying to trace the shapes of the letters on the snow with a stick; visiting, too, the mountains and looking into the limpid grey waters of the lakes, striving hard to guess why, when the sea rose in tides, they were still.

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit


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