from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a seal; connected with a seal or with sealing.


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  • "Beaumont belonged to that school of medievalists which described itself as "materialist" and which prompted a professor of the history of religion, for example, to go through the accounts of the Vatican chancery with the sole aim of proving that in the first half of the twelfth century the consumption of parchment, lead, and sigillary ribbon so far exceeded the amount justified by the number of officially declared and registered bulls that even allowing for possible meltings and probable muddles one had to conclude that a relatively large number of bulls (and we are talking about bulls, not briefs, since only bulls were sealed with lead, briefs being sealed with wax) had been kept confidential if not clandestine."

    -- Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, translated by David Bellos, pp 8-9

    June 1, 2008