devil bird


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

King \King\, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D.
   koning, OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung,
   Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root
   of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See
   Kin.]
   1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme
      authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by
      hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. "Ay, every
      inch a king." --Shak.
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            Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
            rebels from principle.                --Burke.
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            There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
                                                  Choate.
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            But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
            Rejoicing in the east                 --Thomson.
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   2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank;
      a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money
      king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
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   3. A playing card having the picture of a king[1]; as, the
      king of diamonds.
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   4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
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   5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
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   6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
      Testament.
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   Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
         denote pre["e]minence or superiority in some
         particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
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   Apostolic king. See Apostolic.

   King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer
      of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of
      great authority. His business is to direct the heralds,
      preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of
      armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz.,
      Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally
      north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.

   King auk (Zool.), the little auk or sea dove.

   King bird of paradise. (Zool.), See Bird of paradise.

   King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit;
      thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the
      queen is the king card of the suit.

   King Cole, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have
      reigned in the third century.

   King conch (Zool.), a large and handsome univalve shell
      (Cassis cameo), found in the West Indies. It is used for
      making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet.

   King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple
      production of the southern United States.

   King crab. (Zool.)
      (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus.
      (b) The large European spider crab or thornback ({Maia
          squinado}).
      (c) A large crab of the northern Pacific ({Paralithodes
          camtshatica}), especially abundant on the coasts of
          Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also
          Alaskan king crab.

   King crow. (Zool.)
      (a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra) of India; --
          so called because, while breeding, they attack and
          drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds.
      (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird
          with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with
          green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird.
          

   King duck (Zool.), a large and handsome eider duck
      (Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions
      of both continents.

   King eagle (Zool.), an eagle (Aquila heliaca) found in
      Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the
      golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial
      eagle of Rome.

   King hake (Zool.), an American hake (Phycis regius),
      found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.

   King monkey (Zool.), an African monkey ({Colobus
      polycomus}), inhabiting Sierra Leone.

   King mullet (Zool.), a West Indian red mullet ({Upeneus
      maculatus}); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
      Called also goldfish.

   King of terrors, death.

   King parrakeet (Zool.), a handsome Australian parrakeet
      (Platycercys scapulatus), often kept in a cage. Its
      prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings
      bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.

   King penguin (Zool.), any large species of penguin of the
      genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of
      the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and {Aptenodytes
      Patagonica}, of Patagonia.

   King rail (Zool.), a small American rail ({Rallus
      elegans}), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts
      are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep
      cinnamon color.

   King salmon (Zool.), the quinnat. See Quinnat.

   King's counsel, or Queen's counsel (Eng. Law), barristers
      learned in the law, who have been called within the bar,
      and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They
      answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue
      (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be
      employed against the crown without special license.
      --Wharton's Law Dict.

   King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons
      crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

   The king's English, correct or current language of good
      speakers; pure English. --Shak.

   King's evidence or Queen's evidence, testimony in favor
      of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an
      accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.]

   King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly
      supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.

   King snake (Zool.), a large, nearly black, harmless snake
      (Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; --
      so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes,
      including even the rattlesnake.

   King's spear (Bot.), the white asphodel ({Asphodelus
      albus}).

   King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
      sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also {yellow
      orpiment}.

   King tody (Zool.), a small fly-catching bird ({Eurylaimus
      serilophus}) of tropical America. The head is adorned with
      a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red,
      edged with black.

   King vulture (Zool.), a large species of vulture
      (Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay,
      The general color is white. The wings and tail are black,
      and the naked carunculated head and the neck are
      briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue.
      So called because it drives away other vultures while
      feeding.

   King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood,
      beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and
      small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of
      Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Swift \Swift\, n.
   1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.
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   2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged,
      insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidae. In form
      and habits the swifts resemble swallows, but they are
      destitute of complex vocal muscles and are not singing
      birds, but belong to a widely different group allied to
      the humming birds.
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   Note: The common European swift (Cypselus apus syn.
         Micropus apus) nests in church steeples and under the
         tiles of roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and
         shrill screams. It is called also black martin,
         black swift, hawk swallow, devil bird,
         swingdevil, screech martin, and shriek owl. The
         common American, or chimney, swift ({Chaetura
         pelagica}) has sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers.
         It attaches its nest to the inner walls of chimneys,
         and is called also chimney swallow. The Australian
         swift (Chaetura caudacuta) also has sharp naked tips
         to the tail quills. The European Alpine swift
         (Cypselus melba) is whitish beneath, with a white
         band across the breast. The common Indian swift is
         Cypselus affinis. See also Palm swift, under
         Palm, and Tree swift, under Tree.
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   3. (Zool.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine
      lizard.
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   4. (Zool.) The ghost moth. See under Ghost.
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   5. [Cf. Swivel.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding
      yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
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   6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Devil-diver \Dev"il-div`er\, Devil bird \Dev"il bird`\, n..
   (Zool.)
   A small water bird. See Dabchick.
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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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