Dictionary: ER'GOT – E-ROT'IC

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ER'GOT, n. [Fr. a spur.]

  1. In farriery, a stub, like a piece of soft horn, about the bigness of a chestnut, situated behind and below the pastern joint, and commonly hid under the tuft of the fetlock.
  2. A parasitic fungus growing within the glumes of various grasses, as wheat, rye, herd's-grass, &c. It is the Spermœdia Clavus of the botanists.

ER'GO-TISM, n. [L. ergo.]

A logical inference; a conclusion. Brown.

ER'GOT-ISM, n. [from ergot.]

The morbid effects of ergot or Spermœedia Clavus.

ER'I-ACH, n. [Irish.]

A pecuniary fine. Spencer.


That may be erected. [Ill formed and not used.] Shaw's Zool.

ER'IN, n.


E-RIN'GO, n. [See ERYNGO.]


A rhomboidal arseniate of copper, or micaceous copper, of an emerald green. Ure.

E-RI-OM'E-TER, n. [Gr. εριον and μετρον.]

An optical instrument for measuring the diameters of minute particles and fibers.

E-RIST'IC, or E-RIST'IC-AL, a. [Gr. ερις, contention; εριστικος, contentious.]

Pertaining to disputes; controversial. [Not in use.]

ERKE, n. [Gr. αεργος.]

Idle; slothful. [Not in use.] Chaucer.

ER'ME-LIN, n. [See ERMIN.]

ER'MIN, or ER'MINE, n. [Fr. hermine; It. armellino; Sp. armiño; Port. arminho; Arm. erminicq; D. hermelyn; G. Dan. and Sw. hermelin.]

  1. An animal of the genus Mustela, an inhabitant of northern climates, in Europe and America. It nearly resembles the martin in shape, but the weasel, in food and manners. In winter, the fur is entirely white; in summer, the upper part of the body is of a pale tawny brown color, but the tail is tipped with black. The fur is much valued.
  2. The fur of the ermin.


Clothed with ermin; adorned with the fur of the ermin; as, ermined pride; ermined pomp. Pope.

ERN, n. [Dan. Sw. ærn.]

The sea eagle or osprey, so called in Scotland; also applied to other eagles, particularly the common golden eagle. [Percival. 1841]

ERNE, or AERNE, n.

A Saxon word, signifying a place or receptacle, forms the termination of some English words, as well as Latin, as in barn, lantern, tavern, taberna.

E-RODE', v.t. [L. erodo; e and rodo, to gnaw, Sp. roer, It. rodere, Ar. أَرَضَ eretsa, to gnaw. Class Rd, No. 35.]

To eat in or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh. The blood, being too sharp or thin, erodes the vessels. Wiseman.

E-ROD'ED, pp.

Eaten; gnawed; corroded.

E-ROD'ING, ppr.

Eating into; eating away; corroding.

ER'O-GATE, v.t. [L. erogo.]

To lay out; to give; to bestow upon. [Not used.] Elyot.


The act of conferring. [Not used.] Elyot.

E-ROSE', a. [L. erosus.]

In botany, an erose has small sinuses in the margin, as if gnawed. Martyn.

E-RO'SION, n. [s as z. L. erosio.]

  1. The act or operation of eating away.
  2. The state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker.

E-ROT'IC, or E-ROT'IC-AL, a. [Gr. ερως, love.]

Pertaining to love; treating of love. Encyc

E-ROT'IC, n.

An amorous composition or poem. Encyc.