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1613, Feb1680, Sep 25
a poet and satirist. He is remembered now chiefly for a long satirical poem entitled Hudibras. Most of his other writings never saw print until they were collected and published by Robert Thyer in 1759. Butler wrote many short biographies, epigrams and verses the earliest surviving from 1644.
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Afterclap: An unexpected blow after one has ceased to be on guard, a further disaster when it seems life can bring no ...
Anothergates: Of a different sort (a different "gate," or way) . Also anothergaines, anotherguess, anotherguise...
Curule: In the phrase curule chair, a seat shaped like a camp-stool with curved legs, but of costly wood inlaid wit...
Cynarctomachy: Fighting of dogs and bears; bear-baiting, Greek kynos, dog + arctos, bear + machia, fighting. Samuel Butler...
Dewtry: A potion prepared from the thorn-apple, employed to produce stupefaction. Also deutery, doutry, dutra, deut...
Lock: Short for lovelock, so called because it secured a loved one: a long strand of hair, hanging at the left ea...
Manicon: An herb, a variety of nightshade (cp.dwale), supposed to induce madness. The name is from Greek mania, madn...
Nare: A nostril. Usually in the plural; from the 14th century, but mainly in 17th century verse, as In Ben Jonson...
Ob: (1) A wizard. Hebrew obh, a necromancer. (2) Short for obolus, a Roman coin; used in English of a halfpenny...
Punk: A prostitute, harlot. From the late 16th century; Shakespeare in MEASURE FOR MEASURE (1603) says: She may b...
Stum: Unfermented or partly fermented grape-juice, must. Also stoom. From Dutch stom, dumb. The Germans call wine...
Widgeon: A wild duck; hence, a fool, a simpleton. Also wigeon. So used in the 17th and 18th centuries, as by Samuel ...
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Gerard Soest
...famous for his portraits of William Shakespeare and Samuel Butler, but painted many members of the English gentry....
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