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- v. To wane; waste; pine; wither.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wane; waste; pine; wither.
"Go down, lad, an 'try it at wanse, an' let me know what the upshot iss."
The story of the kings of Ceylon of the _Sulu-wanse_ or "lower line," is but a narrative of the decline of the power and prosperity which had been matured under the Bengal conquerors and of the rise of the Malabar marauders, whose ceaseless forays and incursions eventually reduced authority to feebleness and the island to desolation.
The long line of sovereigns is divided into two distinct classes; the kings of the _Maha-wanse_ or "superior dynasty" of the uncontaminated blood of Wijayo, who occupied the throne from his death,
B.C. 505, to that of Maha Sen, A.D. 302; -- and the _Sulu-wanse_ or
Practically, the Singhalese ignore three of the great classes, theoretically maintained by the Hindus; among them there are neither Brahmans, Vaisyas, nor Kshastryas; and at the head of the class which they retain, they place the _Goi-wanse_ or _Vellalas_, nominally
_Po-kea Ta-To_. "[l] In this story may probably be traced the extinction of the" Great Dynasty "of Ceylon, on the demise of Maha-Sen, and the succession of the Sulu-wanse, or Lower Dynasty, in the person of Kitsiri