Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AM'BLY-GON – AM'BUS-CADE
AM'BLY-GON, n. [Gr. αμβλος, obtuse, and γωνια, an angle.]
An obtuse angled triangle; a triangle with one angle of more than ninety degrees. – Bailey. Encyc.
Containing an obtuse angle. – Ash.
AM-BLYG'O-NITE, n. [Gr. αμβλυγωνιος, having an obtuse angle.]
A greenish colored mineral, of different pale shades, marked on the surface with reddish and yellowish brown spots. It occurs massive or crystalized in oblique four-sided prisms, in granite, with topaz and tourmalin, in Saxony. – Ure.
AM'BLY-O-PY, n. [Gr. αμβλυς, dull, and ωψ, eye.]
Incipient amaurosis; dullness or obscurity of sight, without any apparent defect of the organs; sight so depraved that objects can be seen only in a certain light, distance, or position. – Encyc. Coxe.
AM'BO, n. [Gr. αμβων, a pulpit; L. umbo, a boss.]
A reading-desk, or pulpit. – Wheler.
AM-BRE-A'DA, n. [from amber.]
A kind of factitious amber, which the Europeans sell to the Africans. – Encyc.
AM-BRE'IC-AC'ID, n. [AM-BRE'IC AC'ID.]
An acid formed by digesting ambreine in nitric acid.
One of the proximate principles and the chief constituent of ambergris.
AM-BRO'SIA, n. [ambro'zha; Gr. α neg. and βροτος, mortal, because it was supposed to confer immortality on them that fed on it.]
- In heathen antiquity, the imaginary food of the gods. Hence,
- Whatever is very pleasing to the taste or smell. The name has also been given to certain alexipharmac compositions.
- A genus of plants.
Having the qualities of ambrosia.
In an ambrosial way.
Pertaining to St. Ambrose. The Ambrosian office, or ritual, is a formula of worship in the church of Milan, instituted by St. Ambrose in the fourth century. – Encyc.
AM-BRO'SIAN, a. [ambro'zhal.]
Partaking of the nature or qualities of ambrosia; fragrant; delighting the taste or smell; as, ambrosial dews. Ben Jonson uses ambrosiac in a like sense, and Bailey has ambrosian, but these seem not to be warranted by usage.
In the middle ages, a coin struck by the dukes of Milan, on which St. Ambrose was represented on horseback, with a whip in his right hand. – Encyc.
AM'BRY, n. [Contracted from Fr. aumonerie, almonry, from old Fr. almoigne, alms.]
- An almonry; a place where alms are deposited for distribution to the poor. In ancient abbeys and priories there was an office of this name, in which the almoner lived.
- A place in which are deposited the utensils for housekeeping; also, a cupboard; a place for cold victuals.
AMBS'-ACE, n. [L. ambo, both, and ace.]
A double ace, as when two dice turn up the ace. Johnson.
AM'BU-LANT, a. [L. ambulans, from ambulo.]
Walking; moving from place to place. – Encyc. Ambulant brokers, in Amsterdam, are exchange-brokers or, agents, who are not sworn, and whose testimony is not received in courts of justice. – Encyc.
To walk; to move backward and forward.
AM-BU-LA'TION, n. [L. ambulatio.]
A walking about; the act of walking.
In entomology, a species of Lamia, whose thorax is armed on each side with two spines; a Cerambyx of Linnæus. – Cyc.
- That has the power or faculty of walking; as, an animal is ambulatory.
- Pertaining to a walk; as, an ambulatory view.
- Moving from place to place; not stationary; as, an ambulatory court, which exercises its jurisdiction in different places. – Johnson.
A species of ichneumon, with a yellowish scutellum and spotted thorax. – Cyc.
AM'BU-RY, or AN'BU-RY, n. [Qu. L. umbo, the navel; Gr. αμβων.]
Among farriers, a tumor, wart or swelling on a horse, full of blood and soft to the touch. – Encyc.
AM'BUS-CADE, n. [Fr. embuscade; Sp. and Port. emboscada; It. imboscata; from It. imboscare, Sp. emboscar, to lie in bushes, or concealed; in and bosco, bosque, a wood; Eng. bush.]
- Literally, a lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise: hence, a lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose.
- A private station in which troops lie concealed, with a view to attack their enemy by surprise; ambush.