waxing kernels


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wax \Wax\ (w[a^]ks), v. i. [imp. Waxed; p. p. Waxed, and
   Obs. or Poetic Waxen; p. pr. & vb. n. Waxing.] [AS.
   weaxan; akin to OFries. waxa, D. wassen, OS. & OHG. wahsan,
   G. wachsen, Icel. vaxa, Sw. v[aum]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth.
   wahsjan, Gr. ? to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow.
   [root]135. Cf. Waist.]
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   1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or
      fuller; -- opposed to wane.
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            The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill.
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            Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane.
                                                  --P. Plowman.
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   2. To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as,
      to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to
      wax old; to wax worse and worse.
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            Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut.
                                                  xxix. 5.
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            Where young Adonis oft reposes,
            Waxing well of his deep wound.        --Milton.
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   Waxing kernels (Med.), small tumors formed by the
      enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the
      groins of children; -- popularly so called, because
      supposed to be caused by growth of the body. --Dunglison.
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