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Brewer's: Loom

means a utensil. (Anglo-Saxon, loma). Thus “heir-loom” means a personal chattel or household implement which goes by special custom to the heir. The word was in familiar use in …

Brewer's: Jacquard Loom

So called from Jos. Marie Jacquard, of Lyons, who invented this ingenious device for weaving figures upon silks and muslins. (1752-1834.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham…

King Louis XVI

King Louis XVI of France was the unfortunate monarch executed during the 1789 French Revolution. He succeeded his grandfather, Louis XV, in 1774 and inherited a looming financial crisis just as democ…

Walt Whitman: Bivouac on a Mountain Side

Bivouac on a Mountain SideI see before me now a traveling army halting, Below a fertile valley spread, with barns and the orchards of summer, Behind, the terraced sides of a mountain, abrupt, …

David Morton: Symbol

SymbolDavid MortonMy faith is all a doubtful thing, Wove on a doubtful loom, — Until there comes, each showery spring, A cherry-tree in bloom; And Christ who died upon a tree That death had…

Cold Feet

NBCFriday 10:00–11:00 p.m.; canceledCast:David Sutcliffe, Jean Louisa Kelly, William Keane, Dina Spybey, Alicia Coppola, and Anthony Starke Based on the British series, the show follows …

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "The Raven" cemented his reputation as a black-feathered literary master of the macabre. He wrote dozens of creepy short stories, many ending in death, with victims wall…

Brewer's: Jacobus

A gold coin of the value of 25s., struck in the reign of James I. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Jacquard LoomJacobites A B C D E F G H I J K L M…

Brewer's: Jacqueline

(of Paris). A bell weighing 15,000 lbs., cast in 1400. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894JacquerieJacquard Loom A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P …