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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Twilly \Twil"ly\, n. [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, n., 6, and Willy. --Tomlinson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Willow \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin
   to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]
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   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.
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            And I must wear the willow garland
            For him that's dead or false to me.   --Campbell.
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   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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

devil \dev"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deviledor Devilled; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Devilingor Devilling.]
   1. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a
      devil.
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   2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking,
      as with pepper.
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            A deviled leg of turkey.              --W. Irving.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Devil \Dev"il\, n. [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.
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            [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                  --Luke iv. 2.
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            That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
            deceiveth the whole world.            --Rev. xii. 9.
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   2. An evil spirit; a demon.
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            A dumb man possessed with a devil.    --Matt. ix.
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   3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil
      Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." --Shak.
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            Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
            devil?                                --John vi. 70.
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   4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
      ironically, of negation. [Low]
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            The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
            timepleaser.                          --Shak.
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            The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
            But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
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   5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
      excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
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            Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
            oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
                                                  W. Scott.
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   6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
      etc.
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   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, v. t.

   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]
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