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1783, Apr 31859, Nov 28
an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories Rip Van Winkle (1819) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820), both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
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Hight: Called, named. Thus Sidney (1580) : Even he, the King of glory hight. This form has survived, poetic or arc...
Smell-: Several compounds of this common word have had wide currency. (1) smellfeast. A parasite, a greedy sponger;...
Snickersnee: This was originally the phrase stick or snee, snick or snee, to thrust or cut. It was from Dutch steken, to...
Wait: As a noun: (1) a period of waiting; especially, in the theatre, intermission; also, an actor's time between...
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