pot valiance - valour or courage induced by drink, Dutch courage.
platter - one who plats (to buffet, slap, smack, strike, knock); a flat dish or plate for food.
Benjamin - the name of the patriarch Jacob's youngest son. Hence allusively, the youngest (and, consequently, favourite) son of a family.
bouilli - boiled meat
arabesque* - to ornament in arabesque (a species of mural or surface decoration in colour or low relief, composed in flowing lines of branches, leaves, and scroll-work fancifully intertwined); erebus - place of darkness between earth and heaven.
deluxe* - luxuriously; deliciously - delightfully.
nuptial - wedding; for the first, second, etc. time - as a first, second, etc., instance.
humble - to make humble, to destroy the power.
banquet* - a feast, a sumptuous entertainment of food and drink.
teaman* - prisoner (slang); a marijuana addict; seaman - a sailor.
obdurately - stubbornly
bit of stuff* - woman or girl; strife - earnest endeavor.
quick ear - capable of swift perception
spittoon - a receptacle for spittle, usually a round flat vessel of earthenware or metal, sometimes having a cover in the form of a shallow funnel with an opening in the middle.
aftertale - a subsequent reckoning, a correction.
hath - 3d. pres.sing. of have
to line up* - to fall into line, to come up to a certain line.
domestic* - of home, house, of one's own country or nation.
husbandry - the care of a household, domestic menagement.
to slip the calf* - to suffer abortion; slip - to glide or pass easily out of (or from) one's hand or grasp, through (or between) one's fingers , etc., so as to escape or be lost.
in one's claws* - implying the notion of seizing, or having in one's possession or power.
to break news, a matter, a secret* - to make it known, disclose, divulge it.
curtsey - slight bending of a knees course
vesper* - evensong whisper
amad - mad, demented amid
loverden* - beloved
manfolk - people, human beings
gossip* - a familiar acquaintance, friend, chum; esp. Applied to a woman's female friends invited to be present at a birth; gossip cup - a warm drink consisting of thin gruel, mixed with wine or ale, sweetened and spiced, given chiefly to sick people, esp. women in childbed.
cup of tea
ticklish* - sensitive, touchy; fickle
hosch* - hush
intra - within the powers of legal authority
jist = just
tablespoon* - as much as a tablespoon holds
cupple = couple - to link together, to fasten
lawrie = lowrie - a fox
pudden - pudding
epistle* - a literary work, usually in poetry, composed in the form of a letter; Chiefly (from its use in translations from L. and Gr.) applied to letters written in ancient times, esp. to those which rank as literary productions, or to those of a public character, or addressed to a body of persons.
in vino veritas (l) - truth comes out under the influence of alcohol; a drunken person tells the truth.
volatile - a winged animal
Vincentian - a member of an order of Roman Catholic mission-priests founded by St. Vincent de Paul (1576-1660).
overhear - to hear (speech or utterance) that is not intended to reach one's ears.
reared - brought up to a certain stage of growth
Ecclesiastes - the title of a book of the Old Testament, written in the person of Solomon, and traditionally ascribed to his authorship.
output* - to put out, produce
pianissimo* - very softly; a very soft passage
varied - presenting different forms or qualities on this account
catholic; crookedrig - crookback
confidential - spoken or written in confidence confessions
between hands - in the intervals of time, at intervals
to swear fealty - (of the feudal tenant or vassal) to take the obligation of fidelity to his lord.
bravour* - valour, bravery, spirit
freer* - one that sets free; friar
rubied* - coloured like a ruby
philly - rel. to city of Philadelphia; filly
lay - not ecclesiastical, unproffesional
rural science - the study of rural concerns esp. agriculture
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