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Brewer's: Gargantua

(g hard), according to Rabelais, was son of Grangousier and Gargamelle. Immediately he was born he cried out “Drink, drink!” so lustily that the words were heard in Beauce and B…

Brewer's: Gargamelle

(3 syl., g hard) was the wife of Grangousier, and daughter of the king of the Parpaillons (butterflies). On the day that she gave birth to Gargantua she ate sixteen quarters, two bushels, t…

Brewer's: Alcofribas

The pseudonym of Rabelais in his Gargantua and Pantagruel. Alcofribas Nasier is an anagram of “François Rabelais.” The introduction runs thus: “The inestimable life o…

Brewer's: Bragmardo

When Gargantua took the bells of Notre Dame de Paris to hang about the neck of his horse, the citizens sent Bragmardo to him with a remonstrance. (Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel. ) So…

Brewer's: Gargantuan

Enormous, inordinate, great beyond all limits. It needed 900 ells of Châtelleraut linen to make the body of his shirt, and 200 more for the gussets; for his shoes 406 ells of blue and …

Brewer's: Picrochole

King of Lerne. A Greek compound, meaning “bitterbile,” or choleric. The rustics of Utopia one day asked the cake-bakers of Lerne to sell them some cakes, but received only abuse…

Brewer's: Garagantua

(g hard). The giant that swallowed five pilgrims with their staves and all in a salad. From a book entitled The History of Garagantua, 1594. Laneham, however, mentions the book of Garagantu…

Brewer's: Grangousier

(4 syl.). King of Utopia, who married, in “the vigour of his old age,” Gargamelle, daughter of the king of the Parpaillons, and became the father of Gargantua, the giant. He is …

Brewer's: Monk

in printing, is a black smear or blotch made by leaving too much ink on the part. Caxton set up his printing-press in the scriptorium of Westminster Abbey; and the associations of this plac…

Brewer's: Pantagruel'

So called because he was born during the drought which lasted thirty and six months, three weeks, four days, thirteen hours, and a little more, in that year of grace noted for having &#8220…