from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Swarthiness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being swart.
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- noun The quality or state of being
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Now and then appears a gang of soldiers, giving a peculiar note with the uniformity of their brown holland suits; and occasionally a couple of British sailors come sauntering in with fine self-assurance, their fair hair and red cheeks contrasting with the general swartness.
She numbered up the various services she had rendered in the family — and denounced the plague of swartness to the linen — of leanness to the poultry — of dearth and dishonour to the housekeeping — and of lingering sickness and early death to Alice; — all which evils, she averred, had only been kept off by her continued, watchful, and incessant cares. —