Re: 4701

From: John Cowan (
Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 22:37:16 EST

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    John H. Jenkins scripsit:

    > KangXi says (if I'm understanding it correctly)
    > something like "animal with curved horns." (It's more complex than
    > that, but I think I caught the essence.)

    It reminds me of the desperate definition of "horse", sense 1, in the
    English-language _Century Dictionary_ (first ed. 1889) as
    "the well-known quadruped". The dictionary is available on the web
    at, but you need to download
    a plugin -- it's available in a graphical format called DjVu.

    John Cowan     
    To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
    are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
    that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
            --_The Hobbit_

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