Dictionary: EGG'BIRD – E-GYP'TIAN

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A fowl, a species of tern. Cook's Voyages.


Affected with egilops.

E'GI-LOPS, n. [Gr. αιγιλωψ.]

Goat's eye an abscess in the inner canthus of the eye; fistula lachrymalis. Coxe.

E'GIS, n.

A shield; defensive armor. [See Ægis.]

E-GLAND'U-LOUS, a. [e neg. and glandulous. See Gland.]

Destitute of glands.

EG'LAN-TINE, n. [Fr. eglantier; D. egelantier.]

A species of rose; the sweet brier; a plant bearing an odoriferous flower.

E-GLOM'E-RATE, v.t. [See Glomerate.]

To unwind, as a thread from a ball.

E'GO-ISM, n. [L. ego.]

  1. The opinion of one who thinks every thing uncertain except his own existence. Knolles.
  2. Selfishness. Jefferson.

E'GO-IST, n. [from L. ego, I.]

A name given to certain followers of Des Cartes, who held the opinion that they were uncertain of every thing except their own existence, and the operations and ideas of their own minds. Reid.

E-GO'I-TY, n.

Personality. [Not authorized.] Swift.


A passionate and exaggerated love of self, leading a man to connect every thing with his own person, and to prefer himself to every thing in the world. This word seems to be more comprehensive than selfishness.

E'GO-TISM, n. [Fr. egoisme; Sp. egoismo; from L. ego, I.]

Primarily, the practice of too frequently using the word I. Hence, a speaking or writing much of one's self; self-praise; self-commendation; the act or practice of magnifying one's self, or making one's self of importance. Spectator. A deplorable egotism of character. Dwight on Dueling.


One who repeats the word I very often in conversation or writing; one who speaks much of himself, or magnifies his own achievements; one who makes himself the hero of every tale.


  1. Addicted to egotism.
  2. Containing egotism

E'GO-TIZE, v.i.

To talk or write much of one's self; to make pretensions to self-importance.

E-GRE'GIOUS, a. [L. egregius, supposed to be from e or ex grege, from or out of or beyond the herd, select, choice.]

  1. Eminent; remarkable; extraordinary; distinguished; as, egregious exploits; an egregious prince. But in this sense it is seldom applied to persons.
  2. In a bad sense, great; extraordinary; remarkable; enormous; as, an egregious mistake; egregious contempt. In this sense it is often applied to persons; as, an egregious rascal; an egregious murderer.


Greatly; enormously; shamefully; usually in a bad sense; as, he is egregiously mistaken; they were egregiously cheated.


The state of being great or extraordinary.

E'GRESS, n. [L. egressus, from egredior; e and gradior, to step, Sw. resa, Dan. rejser.]

The act of going or issuing out, or the power of departing from any inclosed or confined place. Gates of buroing adamant, / Barr'd over us, prohibit all egress. Milton.

E-GRES'SION, n. [L. egressio.]

The act of going out from any inclosure or place of confinement. Pope.


One who goes out.

E'GRET, n. [Fr. aigrette.]

  1. The lesser white heron, a fowl of the genus Ardea; an elegant fowl with a white body and a crest on the head. Encyc.
  2. In botany, the flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds, as the down of the thistle.

E-GRETT', n.

An ornament of ribins.

E'GRI-OT, n. [Fr. aigre, sour.]

A kind of sour cherry. Bacon.

E-GYP'TIAN, a. [from Egypt, Gr. Αιγυπτος; supposed to be so called from the name Coptos, a principal town, from gupta, guarded, fortified. Asiat. Res. iii, 304, 335. So Mesr, Mazor, Heb. מצור, whence Misraim, signifies a fortress, from צר to bind or inclose.]

Pertaining to Egypt in Africa.