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devil

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Twilly \Twil"ly\, noun [Cf. {Willy}.] A machine for cleansing or loosening wool by the action of a revolving cylinder covered with long iron spikes or teeth; a willy or willying machine; -- called also {twilly devil}, and {devil}. See {Devil}, noun, 6, and {Willy}. --Tomlinson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Willow \Wil"low\, noun [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. {Willy}.]

1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Salix}, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. "A wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight." --Sir W. Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the person beloved, is said to wear the willow.

And I must wear the willow garland For him that's dead or false to me. --Campbell.

2. (Textile Manuf.) A machine in which cotton or wool is opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods, though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called also {willy}, {twilly}, {twilly devil}, and {devil}.

{Almond willow}, {Pussy willow}, {Weeping willow}. (Bot.) See under {Almond}, {Pussy}, and {Weeping}.

{Willow biter} (Zool.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.]

{Willow fly} (Zool.), a greenish European stone fly ({Chloroperla viridis}); -- called also {yellow Sally}.

{Willow gall} (Zool.), a conical, scaly gall produced on willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly ({Cecidomyia strobiloides}).

{Willow grouse} (Zool.), the white ptarmigan. See {ptarmigan}.

{Willow lark} (Zool.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]

{Willow ptarmigan} (Zool.) (a) The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting. See under {Reed}. (b) A sparrow ({Passer salicicolus}) native of Asia, Africa, and Southern Europe.

{Willow tea}, the prepared leaves of a species of willow largely grown in the neighborhood of Shanghai, extensively used by the poorer classes of Chinese as a substitute for tea. --McElrath.

{Willow thrush} (Zool.), a variety of the veery, or Wilson's thrush. See {Veery}.

{Willow warbler} (Zool.), a very small European warbler ({Phylloscopus trochilus}); -- called also {bee bird}, {haybird}, {golden wren}, {pettychaps}, {sweet William}, {Tom Thumb}, and {willow wren}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

devil \dev"il\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Deviled}or {Devilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deviling}or {Devilling}.]

1. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.

2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.

A deviled leg of turkey. --W. Irving. Devil-diver

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Devil \Dev"il\, noun [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel, Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr. gal to fall. Cf. {Diabolic}.]

1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind.

[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil. --Luke iv. 2.

That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. --Rev. xii. 9.

2. An evil spirit; a demon.

A dumb man possessed with a devil. --Matt. ix. 32.

3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." --Shak.

Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? --John vi. 70.

4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation. [Low]

The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a timepleaser. --Shak.

The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.

5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.

Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir W. Scott.

6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.

{Blue devils}. See under {Blue}.

{Cartesian devil}. See under {Cartesian}.

{Devil bird} (Zool.), one of two or more South African drongo shrikes ({Edolius retifer}, and {Edolius remifer}), believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.

{Devil may care}, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used adjectively. --Longfellow.

{Devil's apron} (Bot.), the large kelp ({Laminaria saccharina}, and {Laminaria longicruris}) of the Atlantic ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped somewhat like an apron.

{Devil's coachhorse}. (Zool.) (a) The black rove beetle ({Ocypus olens}). [Eng.] (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect ({Prionotus cristatus}); the wheel bug. [U.S.]

{Devil's darning-needle}. (Zool.) See under {Darn}, verb (used with an object)

{Devil's fingers}, {Devil's hand} (Zool.), the common British starfish ({Asterias rubens}); -- also applied to a sponge with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]

{Devil's riding-horse} (Zool.), the American mantis ({Mantis Carolina}).

{The Devil's tattoo}, a drumming with the fingers or feet. "Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot heels." --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).

{Devil worship}, worship of the power of evil; -- still practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil forces of nature are of equal power.

{Printer's devil}, the youngest apprentice in a printing office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. "Without fearing the printer's devil or the sheriff's officer." --Macaulay.

{Tasmanian devil} (Zool.), a very savage carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania ({Dasyurus ursinus} syn. {Diabolus ursinus}).

{To play devil with}, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Devil

noun

1: (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell [syn: {Satan}, {Old Nick}, {Devil}, {Lucifer}, {Beelzebub}, {the Tempter}, {Prince of Darkness}]

2: an evil supernatural being [syn: {devil}, {fiend}, {demon}, {daemon}, {daimon}]

3: a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say" [syn: {devil}, {deuce}, {dickens}]

4: a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard" [syn: {hellion}, {heller}, {devil}]

5: a cruel wicked and inhuman person [syn: {monster}, {fiend}, {devil}, {demon}, {ogre}]

verb

1: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: {annoy}, {rag}, {get to}, {bother}, {get at}, {irritate}, {rile}, {nark}, {nettle}, {gravel}, {vex}, {chafe}, {devil}]

2: coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"

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