from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Printed material, such as a book or magazine, that is not considered first-class mail and qualifies for a special postal rate.
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“How do you know, young Bessie?” demanded Maggie, whose last Little Penance had been for smuggling forbidden twopenny printed matter of the Cinderella type into Religious Instruction, where it almost immediately caught the eye of Mother Timothy, who sometimes taught the orphans, and was confiscated.
He often wondered whether any other man had been so licensed as himself; and prowling, as he presently did, in odd byways of printed matter -- for he found the library of his predecessor at Alcluid a mine rich-veined with strangeness -- Kennaston lighted on much that appeared to him significant.