Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: da – dam
da, prep. [Port. 'of the' < L. de, from, off, concerning; see auto da fe, n.]
daffodil (-s), n. [med. L. affodillus; the initial /d/ may be the result of regressive assimilation; see asphodel.] (webplay: flowers, purple, yellow).
- Bulbous blooming plant; bulb of the genus Narcissus whose blossoms are yellow, white, or purple.
- Golden cup-shaped bloom; trumpet-like blossom of early spring; [fig.] rejuvenation; symbol of death, burial, life, and resurrection.
- Yellow color; golden light of sunset.
daily, adj. [see day, n.] (webplay: every).
- Perpetual; constant; continuous; occurring every day; (see Daniel 12:11).
- Humble; lowly; every day; not elevated; [fig.] mortal; earthly; pertaining to this life; (see Luke 11:3).
- Common; ordinary; frequent; familiar; routine; (see Acts 17:17).
daily, adv. [see day, n.]
Happening each day; every day; day by day; (see Numbers 28:24).
daintily, adv. [see dainty, adj.]
Delicately; politely; softly.
dainty (daintier), adj. [OFr deintié, pleasure < L. dignitātem, worthiness, worth, beauty.] (webplay: fine).
- Delicate; tiny; small; perfect in details.
- Shy; modest; timid.
dainty (daintier), adv. [see dainty, adj.]
- Tenderly; exquisitely; sensitively; poignantly; piercingly; penetratingly; excruciatingly.
- Fragilely; delicately; intricately; beautifully but vulnerably; [fig.] nicely; pleasingly; deliciously; having tasty morsels; like a savory delicacy (see Job 33:20).
daisy (daisies), n. [OE dæges ēage, eye of day.] (webplay: globe, greater).
- Graveyard flower; funeral blossom; [fig.] death; other deceased people.
- Common flower having a center like a gold coin; popular bloom with a yellow disk and a ray of white petals; [fig.] handmaiden; disciple; follower; ordinary being; mortal person.
- Simple floral gift; [fig.] commoner; humble servant.
- Flourishing plant; field blossom; garden bloom; [personification] multitude; human race; people of a nation.
- Perennial bloom; early spring flower; blossom that returns annually; [fig.] resurrected one; rejuvenated being; restored life.
- Margarita; bloom that closes its petals at night and opens them in the morning; blossoming plant that grows abundantly on grassy hills and meadows.
dam (-s), n. [OFris. < Goth. faurdammjan, stop up.] (webplay: earth, water).
Barrier; barricade; obstacle; obstructor of water.
dam, v. [see dam, n.] (webplay: make).
Stop; block; confine; refrain from escaping.