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TET-RAPH'YL-LOUS, a. [Gr. τετρα, four, and φυλλον, leaf.]

In botany, having four leaves; consisting of four distinct leaves or leaflets. Martyn.


Having four wings.

TET'RAP-TOTE, n. [Gr. τετρα, four, and πτωσις, case.]

In grammar, a noun that has four cases only; as, L. astus, &c.

TE'TRARCH, n. [Gr. τετραρχης; τετρα, four, and αρχη, rule.]

A Roman governor of the fourth part of a province; a subordinate prince. In time, this word came to denote any petty king or sovereign.


The fourth part of a province under a Roman tetrarch; or the office or jurisdiction of a tetrarch.


Pertaining to a tetrarchy. Herbert.


The same as Tetrarchate.

TET-RA-SPAS'TON, n. [Gr. τετρα, four, and σπαω, to pull.]

A machine in which four pulleys act together. Brande.

TET'RA-SPERM'OUS, a. [Gr. τετρα, four, and σπερμα, seed.]

In botany, having four seeds. Martyn. A tetraspermous plant, is one which produces four seeds in each flower, as the rough-leaved or verticillate plants. Martyn.

TET-RAS'TICH, n. [Gr. τετραστιχος; τετρα, four, and στιχος, verse.]

A stanza, epigram or poem consisting of four verses. Pope.

TET'RA-STYLE, n. [Gr. τετρα, four, and στυλος, column.]

In ancient architecture, a building with four columns in front. Cyc.


Consisting of four syllables. Cyc.

TET-RA-SYL'LA-BLE, n. [Gr. τετρα, four, and συλλαβη, syllable.]

A word consisting of four syllables.

TET'RIC, or TET'RIC-AL, a. [or TET'RIC-OUS. L. tetricus.]

Froward; perverse; harsh; sour; rugged. [Not in use.] Knolles.


Frowardness; perverseness. [Not used.]


Crabbedness; perverseness. [Not in use.]

TET'TER, n. [Sax. teter, tetr; allied perhaps to L. titillo.]

  1. In medicine, a vague name of several cutaneous diseases.
  2. In farriery, a cutaneous disease of animals, which spreads on the body in different directions, and occasions a troublesome itching. Cyc.

TET'TER, v.t.

To affect with the disease called tetters.

TET'TISH, a. [Qu. Fr. tête, head.]

Captious; testy. [Not in use.]


Pertaining to the Teutons, a people of Germany, or to their language; as a noun, the language of the Teutons, the parent of the German, Dutch, and Anglo-Saxon or native English. Teutonic order, a military religious order of knights, established toward the close of the twelfth century, in imitation of the Templars and Hospitalers. It was composed chiefly of Teutons or Germans, who marched to the Holy Land in the crusades, and was established in that country for charitable purposes. It increased in numbers and strength till it became master of all Prussia, Livonia and Pomerania. Cyc.

TEW, n. [probably tow.]

  1. Materials for any thing. [Not in use.] Skinner.
  2. An iron chain. [Not in use.] Ainsworth.

TEW, v.t.

  1. To work; to soften. [Not in use.] [See Taw.]
  2. To work; to pull or tease; among seamen.

TEW'EL, n. [Fr. tuyau.]

An iron pipe in a forge to receive the pipe of a bellows. Moxon.

TEW'TAW, v.t.

To beat; to break. [Not in use.] See Tew. Mortimer.

TEXT, n. [Fr. texte; L. textus, woven; It. testo. See Texture.]

  1. A discourse or composition on which a note or commentary is written. Thus we speak of the text or original of the Scripture, in relation to the comments upon it. Infinite pains have been taken to ascertain and establish the genuine original text.
  2. A verse or passage of Scripture which a preacher selects as the subject of a discourse. How oft, when Paul has served us with a text, / Has Epictetus, Plato, Tully preach'd. Cowper.
  3. Any particular passage of Scripture, used as authority in argument for proof of a doctrine. In modern sermons, texts of Scripture are not as frequently cited as they were formerly.
  4. In ancient law authors, the four Gospels, by way of eminence. Cyc.