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upon that of the Acts; Silver and gold
have I none, but such as I have give I
thee : Whenever he had named his text,
desired the people, in all hast, to take
the words not litterally, but allusively,
for that he had good store of money
chinking in his pockets ; besides what
he left at home in his coders.

Eacliard's Observations, 1671, p. 63.

ALLUTERLY, adv. Altogether ;

ALLUVION, *. (Lot.) A washing

ALL-WATERS. " I am for all wa-
ters," i. e., I can turn my hand
to anything. Shakesp.

ALLY, s. The aisle of a church.
Var. dial.


ALEMAIN, fff-(l) A German.


(2) A kind of solemn music. It
was also the name of several
dances, the new allemaigne, the
old, the queen's allemaigne, all of
which are mentioned in early
books of dance tunes.
ALMAIN-LEAP, s. In dancing, a
kind of jig.

Skip with a rhyme on the table from New-

And take his almain-leap into a custard.
Joiuon, Devil it an Ass, i, 1.

ALMAIN-UUARREL, *. A causeless,
unnecessary quarrel.
D. John. I met before Don Ferdinand's
house a serving man who thrusts me, by
design, upon an almain-qttarrel.
Tod. That's very true, but somewhat
unwillingly, like a coward as he is.

Daienant, The Man's the Matter.

ALMAIN-RIVETS, *. Moveable ri-
vets. The term was applied to
a light kind of armour, used
originally in Germany.

ALMANY, *t. Germany.


I'll cry flounders else,

And walk, with my petticoat tuck'd up, like
A long maid of Almainy. 0. P., via, 438.




Now Pulko comes, that to his brother gave
His land in Italy, which was not small,
And dwelt in Almatiy.

Jlarringtoti's Ariosto, 1591, p. 19.

Upon the londe of Alemayne. Goicer.
AI.MAN, s. A kind of hawk.
AI.MANDIXE, adj. Made of almond.
ALMAXDRE, s. An almond-tree.
And of almandru grete plente",
1'iggis, and luaiiy a diite tre.

Som. of the Rose, 1363.

AI.MARIE, *. (A.-N.) A cupboard;
a pantry. See Ambrie.
Tiier avarice hatli almaria,
And vreu bouudeu cofres.

Piers PI., p. 288.

ALMARIOL, *. (A.-N.) A closet, or
cupboard, in which the ecclesias-
tical habits were kept.
ALMATOUR, . An almoner.
After him spak Ualrnadaj,
A riche almatottr he was.

Kyng Aliiaunder, 3042.

ALME, *. An elm. Northampt.
Almen, made of elm.

ALM EES, s. pi. Alms. East Sussex.

ALMES-DISH, *. The dish in the
old baronial hall, in which was
put the bread set aside for the

ALMKSFUL, adj. Charitable.

ALMF.S-ROW, *. A row of houses
inhabited by paupers.
Also whenne eny pore man or womman
is dec! in \}\eal>/iyt-retae, the seyd prysts
to be redy to brynge the coors to
churche, and there to aliyde til liit be
buryed. Stratford 1/SS., tern. H. VI.

ALMESSE, s. (A.-N.) Alms.
ALMEST, adv. Almost.

And as he priked North and Est,
I tel it vow hym had almest
Bityd a'sory care.

Chaucer, Tale of Sire Thopas.

ALMICANTARATH, *. An astrologi-
cal term, applied to a circle drawn
parallel to the horizon.

Meanwhile, with scioferical instrument,
By way of azimuth and almicantaratk.
Albumazar i, 7-

ALMODZA, *. An alchemical term for

fle to amuse a silly person. A
proverbial expression, which oc
curs in Skelton and the writers
of the Elizabethan age.

ALMOND-BUTTER, #. The following
is given as a receipt "to make
almond-butter ,"

Blanch your almonds, and beat them aa
fine as you can with fair water two or
three hours, then strain them through a
linnen cloth, boil them with rose-water,
whole mace, and annise seeds, till the
substance be thick, spread it upon a fair
cloth, draining the whey from it, after
kt it hang in the same cloth some few
hours, then strain it and season it with
rose-water and sugar.

True Gentlewoman' t Delight, 1676.

as follows :

Take two pound of almonds, blauch and
beat them very fine with rosewater,
theu strain them with some two quarts
of cream, twenty whites of eggs, and a
pound of double refined sugar ; make
the paste as aforesaid, and bake it in a
mild oven fine and white, garnish it a*
before, and scrape fine sugar over all.
The Queen's Royal Cookery, 1713.

ALMOND-FURNACE, s. At the silver
mills in Cardiganshire, they have,
or had, a particular furnace in
which they melt the slags, or
refuseof the lithurge not stamped,
with charcoal only, which they
call the almond furnace. Kennett.

ALMOND-MILK, *. Almonds ground
and mixed with milk, broth, or

The devil take me, I love you so, that I
could be content to abjure wine for
ever, and drink nothing but almond-
milk for your sake.

Shadwell, Epsom-WeUs, 1673.

ALMONESRYE, *. The almonry.
ALMOSE, s. pi. Alms.
ALMOYN, s. pi. (A.-N.) Alms.
ALMS-DRINK, s. Liquor of another's

share which his companion drinks

to ease him. Shakesp.
ALMSMAN, *. A person who lives

on alms ; also, a charitable per-




ALMURY, *. The upright part of
an astrolabe.

ALMUSLES, adj. Without alms.

Tor thef is reve, the loud is penyles ;

For pride hath sieve, the lond is almusles.
Pol. Songs, p. 255.

ALMUTE, s. A governing planet.
An astrological term.
Emanguly. ere his popular applause
could hatch his ruine, upon conference
with a witch that hee saw (by the altuu-
ten of his nativity) short life attended
Mm, growes fearfull of his syres incon-
stancy. Herbert's Travels, 1638.

Without a sign masculine? Dem. Sir, you
mistake me :

You are not yet initiate. The almutes

Of the ascendent is not elevated

Above the almutes of the filial house :

Venus is free, and Jove not yet combust.
Bandolph's Jealous lavers, 1G46.

ALMIFLUENT, *. (Lat.) Beneficent ;
abounding in alms.

ALMYGHT, adj. A not uncommon
form of almighty.

ALNATH, s. The first star in the
horns of Aries, from which the
first mansion of the moon is
named. Chaucer.

ALNEGEOR, s. One of the king's
officers, says Cowell, who under-
took the care of the assize of
woolen cloth. Rider, in his
Dictionarie, 1640, explains it by
the Latin word " ulniger."

ALNER, s. (A.-N.) A purse, or bag
to hold money.
I wyll the yeve an alner,
1-niad of sylk and of gold cler,
Wyth fayre ymages Hire.

Launfal, 1. 319.

ALNEWAY, adv. (A.-S.) Always.
And therby heth he alneivay the herte
ine peyse, and the body governeth by
the wylle of God.
Aytnbiie oflmcit, MS. Arundtl, 57, f. 25.

ALNIL, adv. And only. (?)

Sertis, sire, not ic nojt;
Ic ete sage ulail gras,
More harm ne did ic no^t.

Pel. Songs,?. 201,

ALOES, #. An olio, or savoury dish,
composed of meat, herbs, eggs,
and other ingredients, something


similar to the modern dish of

olives. See the Good House-

wife's Jev-el, 1596.
ALOFE, . (A.-N.} To praise. Morte

Arthur e. See Alowe.
A-LOFTE, adv. (A.-S.) On high.

Leve thow nevere that yon light

Hem alofte brynge,

Ke have hem out of helle.

tiers PL, p. 378.

ALOGE, v. (A.-S.) To lodge; to

pitch a tent.
I am aloggit, thought he, best, howsoerur

it goon. Chaucer, ed. Urry, p. 597.

ALOGH, adv. (A.-S.) Below.

Lewed men many tymes
llaistres thei apposen,
Why Adam ne hik-d noght first
His'mouth that eet the appul,
Bather than his likanie alogk.

Piers PI., p. 242.

ALOGY, *. (Gr. aXoyio.) An ab-


ALOMBA, s. Tin. Howell.
ALOND, adv. On land,

Ah, the manshift is so ibroded,
Thah no preost ahnde nere,
A wrecche neotheles tliu were.

Owl and Nightingale, 1. 1301.

And taketh his leave, and homeward saileth


And in au ile, amidde the wilde see .....
He made his shippe aloud for to sette.

Chaucer, Leg. Good Women, 1. 2164.

ALONE, adj. (A.-S.) One ; single.

Now, Jeshu, for thy h<y name,
Asc I ame but man alone,
Than be my helpe to nyght.

Torrent of Portugal, p. 23.


ALL-ONELY, 1^ ( j



He made his mone
"Within a garden al him one.

Gower, f. 2C.

But he hathe lost alle but Grece ; and
that lond he holt alle-only.

Maundemlc, p. 8.

Vigenius, or Nigenius, was not king,
but alonely Peredurus.

Fabian't Chron., f. 31.

Q j




Alonly lening to the strong pilor of holy
scripture, agayne the hole college of the

Leland's New Fear's Gyfte.
For the wyll aliniiet;/ is deedly synne.

Institution ijfa Christen Man, p. 111.
Whereof (omitting many things), my
musR. alonely say.

Warner's Albion's England, 1592.

ALOOF, adv. Nearer the wind. A
sea term. See Hunter's Disqui-
sition on the Tempest, p. 46.

ALONG, (t) adv. Slanting. Ox-

(2) prep. Owing to. Var. dial.
It is found in Chaucer.

ALONGE, v. (A.-S.) To long for.
Piers Ploughman, p. 526.

This worthy Jason sore alonyeth
To se the straunge regionis.

Gower, MS. Soc. Antiq., f. 147.

ALOXGST, prep. Along; length-
wise. Somerset. It is found in
the Elizabethan writers.

ALOORKE, adv. (A form said to be
derived from the Islandic.) Awry ;
out of order.

His heed in shappe as by natures worke,
Not one haire amisse, or lyeth aloorke.
MS. Lansd., 208, f. 4.

ALORYNG, s. (A.-N.) A parapet

wall. A form of alure.
ALOSE, v. (1) (A.-N.aloser.) To

praise; to commend.

These ii. bisshoppes tofore that tyme
were the most alosed l)isshoppea among
alle othere. Rob. Giouc., p. 450, note,

(2) (A.-S.) To loose; to make

ALOST.^OT^. p. Lost. A Somer-
setshire word.
When all England is aloste. MS. James.

ALOTHEN, v. (A.-S.) To become


Nes non so hot that hit na coleth,
Ne non so liwit that hit ne soleth,
Ne nojt so leof that hit ne alotheth,
Ne nojt so glad that hit ne awrotheth.
Owl and Nightingale, 1. 1265.

ALOUGH, adv. Below. See Alogh.
ALOUR, 8. See Alure,

ALOUTE, 1 v. (A.-S. alutan.) To
ALOWTE, > bow; to pay obeisance.
ALUTE, J Piers PL, p. 495.

Ho that passeth the bregge,
Hys armes he mot legge.
And to the geaunt alowte.

Lybeaus Disconus, 1. 1254.
That child that was so wilde and wlong,
To me alute lowe.

Retiq. Antiq., i, 101.

ALOWE, (1) adv. (A.-S.) Low down.

(2) v. To humble.
ALOWE, \ v. (A.-N. allouer.) To
ALLOWE, / praise ; to approve.

Cursyd be he that thy werk alowe !

Richard Coer de Lion, 4662.
For he hathe no knowen congregacion
to reprove him or allowe him.

Sir T. More's Works, p. 524.

ALOYNE, t;. (A.-N. aloigner.) To

ALOYSE. (1) Alas!

(2) A kind of precious stone.

Book of St. Albans, sig. F, i.
ALPE, s. (1) (A.-S.) A bull-finch.
Ficedula, an alpe. MS. Sodl., 604, f. 31.

There was many a birde singing,
Thoroughout the yerde all thringing :
In many placis nightingales,
And alpes, and finches, and wodewales.
Rom. of the Rose, 658.

(2) (A.-S. eJp.) An elephant.
ALPES-BON, s. (A.-S. elpen-lan.)

ALPHABET, . The index or list of

contents to a book was formerly

so called.
ALPI, adj. (A.-S.) Single.

A, quod the vox, ich wille the telle,
On alpi word ich lie nelle.

Reliq. Antiq., ii, 275.

ALPICKE, . A kind of earth.

Cotgrave, v, Chercee.
ALPURTH, s. A halfpenny-worth.

Monast. Angl., i, 198.
ALRE, gen. pi. (A.-S.) Of all.
Bidde we ure lavedi,

Swetest dire thinge,
That heo ure erende beore
To then heoven kinge.
MS. Colt., Califf., A. ix, f. 244 v.

ALS, (1) conj. (A.-S.) Also; as;
likewise ; in like manner.



(2) A?s, a contracted form of
all this. Dorset.

ALSATIA. A jocular name for the
Whitefriars, in London, which
was formerly an asylum for in-
solvent debtors, and all such as
had offended against the laws.

ALSAUME, 1 , ... .,
ALSAMK, }fr- Altogether.

ALSE, (1). The name Alice.
(2) adv. (A.-S.) Also.

The fowrthe povnt techyth us ulse,
That no mon to liys craft be false.

Const, of Masonry, p. 23.

ALSENE, *. (A.-S.) An awl. Elsin
is still used in the North of Eng-
land in the same sense.

ALSO, (1) conj. (A.-S. alswa.) As.
(2) All save; all but. Midland

ALSONE, conj. As soon ; imme-

Alsone as that childe y-borne is,
It hath wytt or har i-wys,
And may speken to his dame.

K. Alisaunder, 1. 5024.

ALSTITE, adv. (A.-S.) Quickly.

Unto the porter speke he tlioe,
Sayd, To thi lord myn erude thou go,
Hasteli and ul.ttiie.

Babson's Romances, p. 50.

AJLSUITHE, conj. (A.-S.) As soon
as ; as quickly as.

ALSWA, conj. (A.-S.) Also.

ALTAMEL, s. A verbal or lump
account, without particulars,
such as is commonly produced at
spunging-houses. A slang word.

ALTEMETRYE, *. The measuring
of altitudes.

ALTERAGE, *. A fine or tax to the
altar; one of the amends for
offences short of murder.

ALTERATE, v. (Lat.) To alter; to
change ; part. p. altered.

ALTERCAND,j0ar. a. (A.-N.) Con-

AI.TERN, adv. Alternately. Millon.

ALTHAM, s. A slang term. In the
Fraternitye of Vacabondes, 1575,

the wife of a " curtail " is said to
be called his althnm.

ALTHER, gen. pi. of al. Prefixed
to adjectives. See Alder.

ALTRICATE, v. (Lat.) To contend.

ALUDELS, s. (A.-N.) Subliming-
pots without bottoms, which
fitted into each other, without
luting. An alchemical term.

ALUFFE, adv. (A.-S.) Aloof; more
nearly to the wind.

ALURE, \s. (A.-N.) A gutter or
ALOUR, J channel behind the bat-
tlements, which served to carry
off the rain-water; sometimes,
an alley, or passage from one
part of a building to another;
the parapet-wall itself.

Up the alurs of the castles the laydes
thaune stode,

And byhuld thy s noble ?ame, and whyrhe
knyjies were gode. Bob. Glouc., p. 192.
Alisaunder rometh in his toun,
For to wissen his masons,
The towns to take, and the torellis,
Vawtes, alourii, and tlie corneris

Kyny Alisaunder, 1. 7210.

ALUTATION, *. (Lat.) Tanning of


ALTJTE, v. To bow. See Aloute.
ALVISCH, adj. (A.-S.) Elfish ; hav-
ing supernatural power.
ALWAY, adv. (A.-S.) Always.
Thereby a rhristall strearae did gently play,
Which from a sacred fountaine welled forth
ulicny. Spenser's Faerie Queene, I, i, 34.

ALWAYS, adv. However ; neverthe-
less. North.

ALWELDAND, "I adj. (A.-S. tel-
ALWELDING, J wolda.) All-ruling;

I prai to grete God alwcldand,
That thai have noght the heglier hand.
1'tcaine and Gavin, 1. 2199.

ALWES, s. pi. Hallows ; saints.
ALY, r. (A.-N.) Go.

My ! he saide, aly blyve !

Kyng Misaunder, 1. 4370
ALYCHE, adj. Alike.
ALYE, (1) v. (A.-N.) To mix. See
(2) . Kindred; allies.




If I myght of myn alye ony ther fynde,
It wold be grett joye onto me.

Coventry Mysteries, p. 145.

ALYES. (A.-S.) Always.

A-LYGHTELY, adv. Lightly.

ALYKENES, s. Similarity.

A-LYKE-WYSE,arfi>. In like manner.

ALYN, s. A kind of oil. Skinner,

ALY, "1*. A tent made of canvas.
ALKY, J See Hale.

ALYSSON, s. (A.-N.) The herb mad-
wort. Said by Iluloet to be a cure
for the bite of a mad dog.

ALYZ, adj. A term applied to some
kind of cloth. A " gown of green
alyz cloth of gold, with wide
leeves," occurs in a will of the
date of 1439. Test. Vetust., p. 240.

AM, pron. Them.

Than sal he speke to tliatn in his wreth,

And to-dreve am sal he in his hreth.

Ps. ii, 5, MS. Colt., Vesp., D. vii.

AMABLE, adj. (A.-N.) Lovely.
AMACKILY, adv. Partly; in some

degree. North.
A-MAD, adj. Mad.

Heo wendeth bokes un-brad,
Ant maketh men a nioneth amad.

Pol. Songs, p. 156.

AMADETTO, Is. A kind of pear.
AMADOT, / Skinner.

AMAIL, s. Mail; armour.

AMAIMOX,*. In astrology, the name
of a king of the East, one of the
principal devils whose influence
was to be guarded against from
the third hour till noon, and from
the ninth hour till evening.
" The chief whose dominion is
on the north part of the infernal
gulf." Holme,

AMAIN, adv. (1) With might;
mightily ; plentifully.

He said, and from his eyes the trickling
teares ran dnwne amain.

Phaer's Virgil, p. 300.

(2) Immediately; forthwith; for-
wards. Shakesp.,3HenryIV,iv,9.

(3) All at once. A sea term.
AMAISTER, v. (A.-N.) To teach.


AMAISTREN, v. (A.-N.} To over-
come ; to be master of.
Ac the Holi Gost is the guode leclie thct
amaysireth his ziknesse and chnngt'tli
his humours. Ayenbi'.e of Itiwit.

And how I myghte amaistren hem,
And make hem to werche.

Piers PI., p. 129.

AMALGAMING, *. Mixing quick-
silver with any metal. An alche-
mical term.

AMALL, s. Enamel. See Amell.
AM AND. (1) v. (Lai.) To send away;
to remove.

Wherefore we do amand Duke Humphrey's


For their provision truly is o" tli' least :
A dog doth fare much better with his bones
Than those whose table, meat, and drink

are stones.

Gayton, Art of Longevity, 1659.

(2) s. (Fr.) A fine; penalty.
AMANDATION, s. (Lat.) A message.
AMANG, prep. (A.-S.) Among.


The lyejere is anumg the men ase the
valse peny amang the gnode, ase the
chef amang the corn. Ai/enbite ofJmrit.

AMANG-HANDS,a<fo.(l) Work done
conjointly with other business.

(2) Lands belonging to different
proprietors intermixed. Yorksh.
AMANSE, "] v.(A.-S.amansumian,
AMAUNSE, I to excommunicate.)
AMONSI, J To interdict ; excom-
municate ; or accurse.

Hii amansedf tho
Alle thulke that clerkes suche despyte dude

and wo,

That no man, bote the pope one, hem
asoyley ne mygte.

Sob. of Glove., p. 464.
With a penyles purs for to pleye,
Lat sclio can the pepul amuwns.

Ediq. Antiq., i, 74.
A-MANY, adj. Many people.

A-many that I knewe
Knighted in my remembrance, I beheld
And all their names were in that Register.
Peele's Honour of the Garter, 1593.
AMAR, v. To mar; trouble.
A-MARSTLED, part . p. Amazed?
Hupe forth, Hubert, hosede pye,
Icliot tliart a-marsllfd into the mawe.
Lyric Poetry, p. 111.




AMARTRE, v. To sacrifice ; make a

martyr of.

AMASEDNESSE, s. Amazement.
AMASEFULL.arf/. Frightened. Pals-


A-MASKED, adj. To go a-masked,
to wander or be bewildered.
AMATE, v. (A.-N.) To daunt ; to


Upon the walls, the pagans, old and young,
Stood hush'd and still, amatcd and amaz'd.
Fairfax's Tasso, p. 248.
Here the townsmen are amated,
Tliat their spire should be translated
Unto Pauls ; and great's their labour,
How to purchase so much paper
To enwrap it, as is fitting,
To secure their spire from spli'ting.

Drunken Barnaby.

AMATORCTJLIST, s. (from the Lat.)

A wretched lover or galant.
AMATYSTE, *. Amethyst. Minshen
gives this form of the word, and it
occasionally occurs in other writ-
ers. Rider has the form amates.
AMAWST, adv. Almost. West.
AMATE, v. (A.-N. esmayer.) To

Pors weneth that y am amated,
For his gwinris me ban bytraied.

K. AVuaimder, 1, 7%4S.

AMBAGE, s. (Lat. ambages), pi. am-
bagies. Circumlocution. It is used
as a verh, apparently meaning to
travel round, in the Morte d'Ar-
thur, i, 135.

Epigramma, in which every mery con-
ceited man might, without any long
studie or tedious ambage, make his
Trend sport, and anger his foe, and give
a prettie nip, or shew a sharpe conceit
in a few verses.

Puttenham, Art ofPoesie, 1. i, ch. 27.

We have now heard much of the abuses
reigning in Aligna ; but now setting
aparte the ambayits, and superfluous
vagaries, I pray you describe, &c.

Stubbes's Anatomy of Abtucs, p. 43.

AMBAGIOUS, adj. Tedious ; wan-
dering from the purpose.


AMBASSADOR, *. A game formerly
played by sailors to duck a lands-
man. "A large tub is filled with
water, and two stools placed on
each side of it ; over the whole is
thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail;
this is kept tight by two persons,
who are to represent the king
and queen of a foreign country,
and are seated on the stools.
The person intended to be ducked
plays the ambassador, and after
repeating a ridiculous speech dic-
tated to him, is led in great form
up to the throne, and seated
between the king and queen, who
rising suddenly as soon as he is
seated, he falls backward into the
tub of water." Grose.

AMBASSATRIE, s. (A.-N.) An em-

AMBER, . To scent with amber-
gris. See Amlergrise.

AMBER-CAWDLE, s. A preparation
of ambergrease, of an aphrodisiac
character. See Ambergrise.

You may talk of your amter-cawdles,
chocolate, and jelly-broths, but they are
nothing comparable to youth and
beauty ; a young woman is the only
provocative for old age, I say.

Raceiucroft, London Cuckoldt.

AMBER-DAYS, *. The ember days.

AMBERGRISE, \s. (Fr. umber
AMBERGREASE, j #m,literally grey
amber, from its colour and per-
fume.) This substance was for-
merly much used in wines, sauces,
and perfumes. It was consi-
dered also as an aphrodisiac. It
was sometimes called merely

"Tis well, be sure

The wines be lusty, high, and full of spirit,

And umber' d all.

B. atidFl., Oust, of Country, iii, 2.

I had clean forgot ; we must have amber-

Th'e greyest can be found. O. PI., vii, 167,

Milton has inverted the word :

Meats of noblest sort, SEC.,
Grit-amber steani'd. Par. Reg., ii, 841.




' V

AMES-ACE, J est throw on the
dice ; two aces ; figuratively, bad

JtVius tlie emperour with strong power

Two ;er aftur the bataile, to Zngelond
ajeyn drow,

And thoujte sle al that folk, and wynne
this kyndom,

Ac he cast therof am'jfs-as tho he to londe
com. Sob. Glouc., p. 51.

I had rather be in this choice, ttian
throw amts-ace for my life.

Shaketp., AIVs Well, ii, 6.

AMBIDEXTER, s. (Lot.) A kind of
Vicar of Bray. " That j uror that
taketh of both parties for the
giving of his verdict." Cowell.

AMBIGU, s. (Fr.) An entertainment
in which all dishes are mixed to-
gether, i nstead of regular courses.

AMBILOGY, s. (Lat.) An equivocal

AMBITIONATE, adj. Ambitious. This
word is given by Minsheu, in his
Guide into Tongues, 1627.

AMBITUDE, *. (Lat.') The circum-

A.MBI.ERE, s. (A.-N. ambleure.) An

AMBOLIFE, adj. Oblique.

And take gode kepe of this chapiter of
arisinge of celestiall bodyes, for ther
trusteth wel that neither mone neither
sterre in our ambolife orizout.

Chaucer, ed. L'rry, p. 445.

AMBROSE, *. (Lat.) Wild sage.

ALMERY, , * pantry; any

AUMBRY, [ "hich V1C-


Some slovens from sleeping no sooner
be up,

But hand is in aumbric, and nose in the cnp.
Timer, 1573.

By that time he came thither, he had
but three of his herrings left ; for, by the
way, he fell into tin: thievish hands of
malcontents and of lance-knights, by
whom he was not only robbed of all his
money, but \v;is fain to redeem his life
beside with the better part of his ambry
of burnished fishes.

Nuthe't Lenten Stuffe.

(2) The almonry was sometimes
so called, the alms being kept in
an ambry,

The place wherein this chapel and
alms-house standcth was called the
Elemosmary, or almonry, now corruptly
the ambry, for that the alms of the
Abbey were there distributed to the
poor ; and therein Islip, abbot of West-
minster, erected the first press of book-
printing that ever was in England,
about the year of Christ 1471.

Stotce's Surrey of London.
AMBUI.ER, *. (A.-N.) An ambling

horse ; an ambler.
AMBURY s. (A.-S. ampre,a. swollen
vein.) A disease in horses' legs.
Skinner. See Anberry.
AMBUSCADO, s. (Span.) An ambus-

AMBUSION, *. An abuse.
AMBUST, adj. (Lat.) Burnt.
AMBYNOWRE, *. An almoner. MS.


AME, ](!). (A.-N. aemer, aes-
AIME, \iner, which represented
the Lat. cestimo.) To guess; to
think ; to tell.

Of men of armes bold the numbre tliei ame,
A thousand and tuo hundred told of Cristen
men bi name. Peter Langtoft, p. 228.
No mon upon mold mijt ayme the noumber,
Al that real arav reken schold men never.
Will, and the Werwolf, p. 58.
Yes, wyth good handelyng, as I ayme,
Even by and by, ye shall her reclayme.

Commune Secretary and Jalowsye.
(2) *. (A.-S. ce\>m, breath, va-
pour.) The spirit ; breath.
Elin that giern it sochte,
And til ur note nu havis it brohte,
Sco delte it wislic als sco wilde,
That alle this werde it is fulnlde
Of the ame, and of the smelle ;
Torthi es gode thai- of to telle.

Edinburgh US. quoted by Soiicfier.
AMEE, *. (A.-N.) The herb ameos.


AMEKED, part. p. Pacified; lite-
rally, made meek.
AMEL, *. (A.-N.) Enamel.
Heav'ns richest diamonds, set in amel
white. Fletch., Purple Isl., x, 33.

The aminell is so faire and fresh of hew,
As to this day it seemeth to be new.

An ouldfacioned love, by J. T., 1594.




He seems a full student, for he is a
great desirer of controversies; he argues
sharply, and carries his conclusion in his
scalibiird, in the first refilling of man-
kind this was the gold, his actions are
his aniiiii'1, his allay (for else you cannot
work him perfectfy), continual duties,
heavy and weary marches, lodgings
as full of need as cold diseases.

Oterbury's Characters.

Jfener mine eies in pleasant Spring behold

The azure flax, the (jildeu marigold,

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