Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Nútcrackers. n.s. [nut and crack.] An instrument used to enclose nuts and break them by pressure.
He cast every human feature out of his countenance, and became a pair of nutcrackers. Addison's Spectator.

Fórcipated. adj. [from forceps.] Formed like a pair of pincers to open and inclose.
The locusts have antennæ, or long horns before, with a long falcation or forcipated tail behind. Brown's Vulgar Err.
When they have seized their prey, they will so tenaciously hold it with their forcipated mouth, that they will not part therewith, even when taken out of the waters. Derham.

Words:  Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)

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