Lexicon: Jamaica – jar

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Jamaica (-s), proper n. [Indian Yamaca, abounding in springs < Arawak xaymaca, island of springs, land of wood and water.]

Large West Indian island; [fig.] summer; place of warmth; location full of life.

Jamaica (-s), proper n. [Indian Yamaca, abounding in springs < Arawak xaymaca, island of springs, land of wood and water.]

Large West Indian island; [fig.] summer; place of warmth; location full of life.

James (St. James), proper n. [OFr < L. < Gk. < Heb.; see Jacob, proper n.]

St. James the Greater; apostle of Jesus Christ martyred in A.D. 44 (see Acts 12:2); [fig.] court in London named for St. James's palace; traditional royal entourage of the United Kingdom; [polysemy] chronicle published in London that included songs from the American Revolution; [possibly] church; place of worship in New England.

James (St. James), proper n. [OFr < L. < Gk. < Heb.; see Jacob, proper n.]

St. James the Greater; apostle of Jesus Christ martyred in A.D. 44 (see Acts 12:2); [fig.] court in London named for St. James's palace; traditional royal entourage of the United Kingdom; [polysemy] chronicle published in London that included songs from the American Revolution; [possibly] church; place of worship in New England.

January, proper n. [OFr < L. Janus, god of doorways and passages.]

Mid-winter; [adjectival] in the first month of the year; [fig.] wintry; cold; chilly.

January, proper n. [OFr < L. Janus, god of doorways and passages.]

Mid-winter; [adjectival] in the first month of the year; [fig.] wintry; cold; chilly.

jar, n. [Fr. < Arabic jarrah, earthen water vessel.] (webplay: earth, glass, open).

  1. Buzz; discord; inharmonious sound; repetitive vibrating noise; [word play; see a jar, adv. and ajar, adv.; see also OED def. 2a., 1848 L. Hunt “A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla.”]
  2. Vessel; vase; jug; bottle; cylindrical watertight container made of earthenware, stoneware, or glass.

jar, n. [Fr. < Arabic jarrah, earthen water vessel.] (webplay: earth, glass, open).

  1. Buzz; discord; inharmonious sound; repetitive vibrating noise; [word play; see a jar, adv. and ajar, adv.; see also OED def. 2a., 1848 L. Hunt “A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla.”]
  2. Vessel; vase; jug; bottle; cylindrical watertight container made of earthenware, stoneware, or glass.

jar (jarred), v. [poss. echoic sound.] (webplay: sound).

  1. Dishevel; mess up; tousle carelessly; put in disarray; [fig.] fix; pat; change; adjust; groom quickly; re-arrange; touch-up; make ready; pull into place; check to put in order.
  2. Hit; clash with; strike at; fight with; dispute with; quarrel with; conflict with.
  3. Break; injure by impact; strike against something.
  4. Quake; rumble; shake violently.

jar (jarred), v. [poss. echoic sound.] (webplay: sound).

  1. Dishevel; mess up; tousle carelessly; put in disarray; [fig.] fix; pat; change; adjust; groom quickly; re-arrange; touch-up; make ready; pull into place; check to put in order.
  2. Hit; clash with; strike at; fight with; dispute with; quarrel with; conflict with.
  3. Break; injure by impact; strike against something.
  4. Quake; rumble; shake violently.