from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one of the three great annual English horse races (the Derby and St. Leger being the others). It was instituted in 1779 by the Earl of Derby, and so called from his estate.


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  • Heart pounding out the 1812 Overture inside his chest, Tim had no choice but to accompany the gun-toting agent down through the rain-beaded grass and underbrush to the gravel driveway leading to the damaged guest cottage tucked beneath the oaks and pines, and the pit or cave yawning in the earth in front of it.

    Etched in Bone

  • The soft north wind that had greeted the travellers in the early morning, was blowing yet, soft and warm; it flickered the leaves of the oaks and chestnuts with a lazy summer stir; white sails spotted the broad bosom of the Shatemuc and came down with summer gentleness from the upper reaches of the river.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

  • Hartwell House stands in an extensive park, shaded with trees that made me think of the oaks and elms in an American forest, and many of whose limbs had been trimmed and nursed with the best of care.

    The American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches of Places and People Abroad. By Wm. Wells Brown. With a Memoir of the Author.

  • The wind blows quite cool today though the sun is shining brightly, we had a hard rain Sunday night, the days have been warm and springlike for a week or two past, but vegetation has scarcely begun to develop itself, the oaks and other forest tress show no buds as yet, I suppose this is owing to the frosty nights.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • And he dwelt by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol, and the brother of

    The Holy Bible: Darby Translation

  • The old part of the house must have been an Abbey Grange; the cellars run into a British tumulus, the oaks in the grounds must many of them be as old as the Conquest, and the site of the parish church was a place of pilgrimage probably before Christianity.

    The Life of Froude

  • And here was dear old Hayslope at last, sleeping, on the hill, like a quiet old place as it was, in the late afternoon sunlight, and opposite to it the great shoulders of the Binton Hills, below them the purplish blackness of the hanging woods, and at last the pale front of the Abbey, looking out from among the oaks of the

    Adam Bede

  • If the oaks did not draw uncommon nourishment from the soil, it must be difficult for them to survive such scorchings.

    Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the North-west, in the autumn of 1856. With information relative to public lands,

  • Usually, the oaks held on to their leaves until at least early winter, and some of them until spring, but up in the mountains icy winds and early storms had already stripped even the oaks bare of their tenacious brown leaves.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • Now the oaks have grown up from shoots on the coppice stools into an open wood of tall, slender, relatively straight-trunked oaks.



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