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  • And he hath a simple pace, and small neck and areared, and a blue breast, and a tail full of eyes distinguished and high with wonder fairness, and he hath foulest feet and rivelled.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • The latter clause shows that our great-grandmothers were quite _au fait_ with the nostrums of the present day, with "pargetting, painting, slicking, glazing, and renewing old rivelled faces."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • "When I see a man," says Addison, "with a sour rivelled face, I cannot forbear pitying his wife; and when I meet with an open ingenuous countenance, I think of the happiness of his friends, his family, and his relations."

    Character

  • Though Italy still boast an Inquisition, its power is rivelled as a leaf which the first wind shall scatter.

    Zanoni

  • And the winds still blew, and the storm was on the tide, and Margaret came not when, in the gusty month of March, the fishermen of the Humber beheld a single ship, without flag or pennon, and sorely stripped and rivelled by adverse blasts, gallantly struggling towards the shore.

    The Last of the Barons — Complete

  • If the retainer is not sliced and carved into mincemeat, he comes home to a heap of ashes, and a handful of acres, harried and rivelled into a common; Sir Knight thanks him for his valour, but he does not build up his house; Sir

    The Last of the Barons — Complete

  • If the retainer is not sliced and carved into mincemeat, he comes home to a heap of ashes, and a handful of acres, harried and rivelled into a common; Sir Knight thanks him for his valour, but he does not build up his house; Sir Knight gets a grant from the king, or an heiress for his son, and Hob Yeoman turns gisarme and bill into ploughshares.

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 01

  • Humber beheld a single ship, without flag or pennon, and sorely stripped and rivelled by adverse blasts, gallantly struggling towards the shore.

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 11

  • My lack of knowledge of history is only rivelled by my ridiculously poor math skills so maybe everyone else knew of India's history.

    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • And rivelled [180] cheeks I would have pulled a-pieces.

    The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)

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  • Wrinkled; full of wrinkles or small folds; corrugated, furrowed — Of the skin, face, etc. (very common ca. 1530-1720); Of fruit (dried or stored up); Shrunken, shrivelled, esp. by heat; Pleated or gathered in small folds.

    August 8, 2008