Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Spongy.

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  • adjective Characteristic of a sponge; spongy

Etymologies

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Examples

  • But finding now that I had foughten three-score fights already, he came up to me woefully, in the quickness of my breathing, while I sat on the knee of my second, with a piece of spongious coralline to ease me of my bloodshed, and he says in my ears, as if he was clapping spurs into a horse, — ‘Never thee knack under, Jan, or never coom naigh Hexmoor no more.’

    Lorna Doone

  • Take Orange Peels so often steeped in cold water, as you think convenient for their bitterness, then dry them gently, and candy them with some convenient syrup made with Sugar, some that are more grown, take away that spongious white under the yellow peels, others do both together.

    A Queens Delight The Art of Preserving, Conserving and Candying. As also, A right Knowledge of making Perfumes, and Distilling the most Excellent Waters.

  • Till the rhythmic hills roar silent through a spongious kind of blee:

    The Heptalogia

  • But finding now that I had foughten three-score fights already, he came up to me woefully, in the quickness of my breathing, while I sat on the knee of my second, with a piece of spongious coralline to ease me of my bloodshed, and he says in my ears, as if he was clapping spurs into a horse, --

    Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

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  • I concur: blee is best when it is of the spongious kind.

    "Till the rhythmic hills roar silent through a spongious kind of blee" — The Heptalogia

    February 5, 2010

  • Is this supposed to be one of those 'green ideas sleep furiously' kind of sentences?

    February 5, 2010

  • You'll have to ask Mr. Chomsky about whether it is one of those 'green ideas sleep furiously' constructions. I did a stint with "junction grammar" in the 1980's and had great fun deconstructing and parsing these kinds of sentences.

    February 5, 2010

  • Well, that's a spongious thing to say.

    February 6, 2010