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YACARE Yaca*re`, n. Etym: [See Jacare.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A South American crocodilian (Jacare sclerops) resembling the alligator in size and habits. The eye orbits are connected together, and surrounded by prominent bony ridges. Called also spectacled alligator, and spectacled cayman. [Written also jacare.] Note: The name is also applied to allied species.


YACCA Yacca, n. (Bot.) Defn: A West Indian name for two large timber trees (Podocarpus coriaceus, and P. Purdicanus) of the Yew family. The wood, which is much used, is pale brownish with darker streaks.


YACHT Yacht, n. Etym: [D. jagt, jacht; perhaps properly, a jagen to chase, hunt, akin to G. jagen, OHG. jag, of uncertain origin; or perhaps akin to OHG. gahi quick, sudden (cf. Gay).] (Naut.) Defn: A light and elegantly furnished vessel, used either for private parties of pleasure, or as a vessel of state to convey distinguished persons from one place to another; a seagoing vessel used only for pleasure trips, racing, etc. Yacht measurement. See the Note under Tonnage, 4.


YACHT Yacht, v. i. Defn: To manage a yacht; to voyage in a yacht.


YACHTER Yachter, n. Defn: One engaged in sailing a jacht.


YACHTING Yachting, n. Defn: Sailing for pleasure in a yacht.


YACHTMAN Yachtman, n. Defn: See Yachtsman.


YACHTSMAN Yachtsman, n.; pl. Yachtsmen (. Defn: One who owns or sails a yacht; a yachter.


YAF Yaf, obs. imp. of Give. Etym: [AS. geaf, imp. of giefan to give. See Give] Defn: Gave. See Give. Chaucer.


YAFFINGALE Yaffin*gale, n. Etym: [See Yaffle, and cf. Nightingale.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The yaffle. [Prov. Eng.]


YAFFLE Yaffle, n. Etym: [Probably imitative of its call or cry.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The European green woodpecker (Picus, or Genius, viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird, popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale, yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.


YAGER Yager, n. Etym: [G. j?ger a hunter, from jagen to chase, hunt.] (Mil.) Defn: In the German army, one belonging to a body of light infantry armed with rifles, resembling the chasseur of the French army. [Written also jager.]


YAGUARUNDI Ya`gua*rundi, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Jaguarondi. [Written also yaguarondi, and yagouarondi.]


YAHOO Yahoo, n. 1. One of a race of filthy brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. 2. Hence, any brutish or vicious character. 3. A raw countryman; a lout; a greenhorn. [U. S.]


YAHWEH; YAHWE; JAHVEH; JAHVE Yahweh, Yahwe, n. Also Jahveh, Jahve, etc. Defn: A modern transliteration of the Hebrew word translated Jehovah in the Bible; -- used by some critics to discriminate the tribal god of the ancient Hebrews from the Christian Jehovah. Yahweh or Yahwe is the spelling now generally adopted by scholars.


YAHWISM; JAHVISM Yahwism, n. Also Jahvism. 1. The religion or worship of Yahweh (Jehovah), or the system of doctrines, etc., connected with it. 2. Use of Yahweh as a name of God.


YAHWIST; JAHVIST; JAHWIST; JEHOVIST Yahwist, n. Also Jahvist, Jahwist, older Je*hovist. Defn: The author of the passages of the Old Testament, esp. those of the Hexateuch, in which God is styled Yahweh, or Jehovah; the author of the Yahwistic, or Jehovistic, Prophetic Document (J); also, the document itself.


YAJUR-VEDA Yajur-Veda, n. Etym: [Skr. yajur-v.] Defn: See Veda.


YAK Yak, n. Etym: [Thibetan gyag.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A bovine mammal (Po?phagus grunnies) native of the high plains of Central Asia. Its neck, the outer side of its legs, and its flanks, are covered with long, flowing, fine hair. Its tail is long and bushy, often white, and is valued as an ornament and for other purposes in India and China. There are several domesticated varieties, some of which lack the mane and the long hair on the flanks. Called also chauri gua, grunting cow, grunting ox, sarlac, sarlik, and sarluc. Yak lace, a coarse pillow lace made from the silky hair of the yak.


YAKAMILK Yaka*milk, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: See Trumpeter, 3 (a).


YAKARE Yaka*re`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Yacare.


YAKIN Yakin, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A large Asiatic antelope (Budorcas taxicolor) native of the higher parts of the Himalayas and other lofty mountains. Its head and neck resemble those of the ox, and its tail is like that of the goat. Called also budorcas.


YAKOOTS Ya*koots, n. pl.; sing. Yakoot (. Defn: (Ethnol.) A nomadic Mongolian tribe native of Northern Siberia, and supposed to be of Turkish stock. They are mainly pastoral in their habits. [Written also Yakuts.]


YAKSHA Yaksha, n. Etym: [Skr.] (Hindoo Myth.) Defn: A kind of demigod attendant on Kuvera, the god of wealth.


YAKUT Ya*kut, n. Defn: The Turkish language of the Yakuts, a Mongolian people of northeastern Siberia, which is lingua franca over much of eastern Siberia.


YALAH Yalah, n. Defn: The oil of the mahwa tree.


YAM Yam, n. Etym: [Pg. inhame, probably from some native name.] (Bot.) Defn: A large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus Dioscorea; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is D. sativa, but several others are cultivated. Chinese yam, a plant (Dioscorea Batatas) with a long and slender tuber, hardier than most of the other species. -- Wild yam. (a) A common plant (Dioscorea villosa) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock. (b) An orchidaceous plant (Gastrodia sesamoides) of Australia and Tasmania.


YAMA Yama, n. Etym: [Skr. yama a twin.] (Hindoo Myth.) Defn: The king of the infernal regions, corresponding to the Greek Pluto, and also the judge of departed souls. In later times he is more exclusively considered the dire judge of all, and the tormentor of the wicked. He is represented as of a green color, with red garments, having a crown on his head, his eyes inflamed, and sitting on a buffalo, with a club and noose in his hands.


YAMEN Yamen, n. [Chin. ya a civil or military court + men a gate.] Defn: In China, the official headquarters or residence of a mandarin, including court rooms, offices, gardens, prisons, etc.; the place where the business of any public department is transcated.


YAMMA Yamma, n. Etym: [See Llama.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The llama.


YAMP Yamp, n. (Bot.) Defn: An umbelliferous plant (Carum Gairdneri); also, its small fleshy roots, which are eaten by the Indians from Idaho to California.


YANG Yang, n. Etym: [Of imitative origin.] Defn: The cry of the wild goose; a honk.


YANG Yang, v. i. Defn: To make the cry of the wild goose.


YANK Yank, n. Etym: [Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.] Defn: A jerk or twitch. [Colloq. U. S.]


YANK Yank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yanked; p. pr. & vb. n. Yanking.] Defn: To twitch; to jerk. [Colloq. U. S.]


YANK Yank, n. Defn: An abbreviation of Yankee. [Slang]


YANKEE Yankee, n. Etym: [Commonly considered to be a corrupt pronunciation of the word English, or of the French word Anglais, by the native Indians of America. According to Thierry, a corruption of Jankin, a diminutive of John, and a nickname given to the English colonists of Connecticut by the Dutch settlers of New York. Dr. W. Gordon (Hist. of the Amer. War, ed, 1789, vol. i., pp. 324, 325) says it was a favorite cant word in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1713, and that it meant excellent; as, a yankee good horse, yankee good cider, etc. Cf. Scot yankie a sharp, clever, and rather bold woman, and Prov. E. bow- yankees a kind of leggins worn by agricultural laborers.] Defn: A nickname for a native of citizen of New England, especially one descended from old New England stock; by extension, an inhabitant of the Northern States as distinguished from a Southerner; also, applied sometimes by foreigners to any inhabitant of the United States. From meanness first this Portsmouth Yankey rose, And still to meanness all his conduct flows. Oppression, A poem by an American (Boston, 1765).


YANKEE Yankee, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees. The alertness of the Yankee aspect. Hawthorne. Yankee clover. (Bot.) See Japan clover, under Japan.


YANKEE-DOODLE Yan`kee-Doodle, n. 1. The name of a tune adopted popularly as one of the national airs of the United States. 2. Humorously, a Yankee. We might have withheld our political noodles From knocking their heads against hot Yankee-Doodles. Moore.


YANKEEISM Yankee*ism, n. Defn: A Yankee idiom, word, custom, or the like. Lowell.


YAOURT Yaourt, n. Etym: [Turk. yoghurt.] Defn: A fermented drink, or milk beer, made by the Turks.


YAP Yap, v. i. Etym: [Icel. gjalpa; akin to yelp. Cf. Yaup.] Defn: To bark; to yelp. L'Estrange.


YAP Yap, n. Defn: A bark; a yelp.


YAPOCK Yapock, n. Etym: [Probably from the river Oyapok, between French Guiana and Brazil.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A South American aquatic opossum (Chironectes variegatus) found in Guiana and Brazil. Its hind feet are webbed, and its fore feet do not have an opposable thumb for climbing. Called also water opossum. [Written also yapack.]


YAPON Yapon, n. (Bot.) Defn: Same as Yaupon.


YARAGE Yarage (; 48), n. Etym: [See Yare, a.] (Naut.) Defn: The power of moving, or being managed, at sea; -- said with reference to a ship. Sir T. North.


YARD Yard, n. Etym: [OE. yerd, AS. gierd, gyrd, a rod, ierde, OS. gerda, D. garde, G. gerte, OHG. gartia, gerta, gart, Icel. gaddr a goad, sting, Goth. gazds, and probably to L. hasta a spear. Cf. Gad, n., Gird, n., Gride, v. i., Hastate.] 1. A rod; a stick; a staff. [Obs.] P. Plowman. If men smote it with a yerde. Chaucer. 2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.] The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain Destroyed hath the green in every yerd. Chaucer. 3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.] 4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six inches, being the standard of English and American measure. 5. The penis. 6. (Naut.) Defn: A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical, tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center to the mast. See Illust. of Ship. Golden Yard, or Yard and Ell (Astron.), a popular name the three stars in the belt of Orion. -- Under yard [i. e., under the rod], under contract. [Obs.] Chaucer.


YARD Yard, n. Etym: [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries. garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden, G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar yard, house, Sw. g?rd, Dan. g, Goth. gards a house, garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. Court, Garden, Garth, Horticulture, Orchard.] 1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a barnyard. A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer. Chaucer. 2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard. Liberty of the yard, a liberty, granted to persons imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not to go beyond those limits. -- Prison yard, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to it. -- Yard grass (Bot.), a low-growing grass (Eleusine Indica) having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and like places, especially in the Southern United States. Called also crab grass. -- Yard of land. See Yardland.


YARD Yard, v. t. Defn: To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows.


YARDARM Yardarm`, n. (Naut.) Defn: Either half of a square-rigged vessel's yard, from the center or mast to the end. Note: Ships are said to be yardarm and yardarm when so near as to touch, or interlock yards.


YARDFUL Yardful, n.; pl. Yardfuls (. Defn: As much as a yard will contain; enough to fill a yard.


YARDLAND Yardland`, n. (O. Eng. Law) Defn: A measure of land of uncertain quantity, varying from fifteen to forty acres; a virgate. [Obs.]


YARDSTICK Yardstick`, n. Defn: A stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc.


YARDWAND Yardwand`, n. Defn: A yardstick. Tennyson.


YARE Yare, a. Etym: [OE. yare, ?aru, AS. gearu; akin to OS. garu, OHG. garo, G. gar, Icel. gerr perfect, g?rva quite, G. gerben to tan, to curry, OHG. garawen, garwen, to make ready. Cf. Carouse, Garb clothing, Gear, n.] Defn: Ready; dexterous; eager; lively; quick to move. [Obs.] Be yare in thy preparation. Shak. The lesser [ship] will come and go, leave or take, and is yare; whereas the greater is slow. Sir W. Raleigh.


YARE Yare, adv. Defn: Soon. [Obs.] Cursor Mundi.


YARELY Yarely, adv. Defn: In a yare manner. [Obs.] Shak.


YARK Yark, v. t. & i. Defn: To yerk. [Prov. Eng.]


YARKE Yarke, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Saki.


YARN Yarn, n. Etym: [OE. yarn, ?arn, AS. gearn; akin to D. garen, G.,


YARNEN Yarnen, a. Defn: Made of yarn; consisting of yarn. [Obs.] A pair of yarnen stocks. Turbervile.


YARNUT Yarnut`, n. (Bot.) Defn: See Yernut.


YARR Yarr, v. i. Etym: [OE. ?arren.] Defn: To growl or snarl as a dog. [Obs.] Ainsworth.


YARRISH Yarrish, a. Etym: [Prov. E. yar sour, yare brackish.] Defn: Having a rough, dry taste. [Prov. Eng.]


YARROW Yarrow, n. Etym: [OE. yarowe, yarwe, ?arowe, AS. gearwe; akin to D. gerw, OHG. garwa, garawa, G. garbe, schafgarbe, and perhaps to E. yare.] (Bot.) Defn: An American and European composite plant (Achillea Millefolium) with very finely dissected leaves and small white corymbed flowers. It has a strong, and somewhat aromatic, odor and taste, and is sometimes used in making beer, or is dried for smoking. Called also milfoil, and nosebleed.


YARWHIP Yarwhip`, n. Etym: [So called from its sharp cry uttered when taking wing.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The European bar-tailed godwit; -- called also yardkeep, and yarwhelp. See Godwit. [Prov. Eng.]


YATAGHAN Yata*ghan, n. Etym: [Turk. yataghan.] Defn: A long knife, or short saber, common among Mohammedan nations, usually having a double curve, sometimes nearly straight. [Written also ataghan, attaghan.] Chaucer.


YATE Yate, n. Defn: A gate. See 1st Gate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Spenser.


YAUD Yaud, n. Defn: See Yawd. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]


YAUL Yaul, n. (Naut.) Defn: See Yawl.


YAULP Yaulp, v. i. Defn: To yaup.


YAUP Yaup, v. i. Etym: [See Yap, and Yelp.] Defn: To cry out like a child; to yelp. [Scot. & Colloq. U. S.] [Written also yawp.]


YAUP Yaup, n. Etym: [Written also yawp.] 1. A cry of distress, rage, or the like, as the cry of a sickly bird, or of a child in pain. [Scot. & Colloq. U. S.] 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: The blue titmouse. [Prov. Eng.]


YAUPER Yauper, n. Defn: One who, or that which, yaups.


YAUPON Yaupon, n. (Bot.) Defn: A shrub (Ilex Cassine) of the Holly family, native from Virginia to Florida. The smooth elliptical leaves are used as a substitute for tea, and were formerly used in preparing the black drink of the Indians of North Carolina. Called also South-Sea tea. [Written also yapon, youpon, and yupon.]


YAUTIA Yau*tia, n. [Native name in the Antilles.] Defn: In Porto Rico, any of several araceous plants or their starchy edible roots, which are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes, as the taro.


YAW Yaw, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yawed; p. pr. & vb. n. Yawing.] Etym: [Cf. Yew, v. i.] Defn: To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.


YAW Yaw, v. i. & t. Etym: [Cf. Prov. G. gagen to rock, gageln to totter, shake, Norw. gaga to bend backward, Icel. gagr bent back, gaga to throw the neck back.] (Naut.) Defn: To steer wild, or out of the line of her course; to deviate from her course, as when struck by a heavy sea; -- said of a ship. Just as he would lay the ship's course, all yawing being out of the question. Lowell.


YAW Yaw, n. (Naut.) Defn: A movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering.


YAW-WEED Yaw-weed`, n. (Bot.) Defn: A low, shrubby, rubiaceous plant (Morinda Royoc) growing along the seacoast of the West Indies. It has small, white, odorous flowers.


YAWD Yawd, n. Etym: [Cf. Icel. jalda a mare, E. jade a nag.] Defn: A jade; an old horse or mare. [Written also yaud.] [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Grose.


YAWI Yawi, n. Defn: A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with a mainmast stepped a little farther forward than in a sloop and carrying a mainsail and jibs, with a jigger mast far aft, usually placed abaft the rudder post.


YAWL Yawl, n. Etym: [D. jol; akin to LG. & Dan. jolle, Sw. julle. Cf. Jolly-boat.] (Naut.) Defn: A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars. [Written also yaul.]


YAWL Yawl, v. i. Etym: [OE. ?aulen, ?oulen, gaulen, goulen, Icel. gaula to low, bellow. Cf. Gowl.] Defn: To cry out like a dog or cat; to howl; to yell. Tennyson. There howling Scyllas yawling round about. Fairfax.


YAWL-RIGGED Yawl-rigged, a. (Naut.) Defn: Having two masts with fore-and-aft sails, but differing from a schooner in that the after mast is very small, and stepped as far aft as possible. See Illustration in Appendix.


YAWN Yawn, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Yawning.] Etym: [OE. yanien, ?anien, ganien, gonien, AS. ganian; akin to ginian to yawn, ginan to yawn, open wide, G. g?hnen to yawn, OHG. ginen, geinon, Icel. gina to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. zijati to yawn, L. hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. begin, cf. Gr. b. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, Hiatus.] 1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate. The lazy, yawning drone. Shak. And while above he spends his breath, The yawning audience nod beneath. Trumbull. 2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything. 't is now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn. Shak. 3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment. Shak. 4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings. One long, yawning gaze. Landor.


YAWN Yawn, n. 1. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open. One person yawning in company will produce a spontaneous yawn in all present. N. Chipman. 2. The act of opening wide, or of gaping. Addison. 3. A chasm, mouth, or passageway. [R.] Now gape the graves, and trough their yawns let loose Imprisoned spirits. Marston.


YAWNINGLY Yawning*ly, adv. Defn: In a yawning manner.


YAWP Yawp, v. & n. Defn: See Yaup.


YAWS Yaws, n. Etym: [African yaw a raspberry.] (Med.) Defn: A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several varieties of this disease, variously known as framboesia, pian, verrugas, and crab- yaws.


YAZOO FRAUD Yazoo Fraud. (U. S. Hist.) Defn: The grant by the State of Georgia, by Act of Jan. 7, 1795, of 35,000,000 acres of her western territory, for $500,000, to four companies known as the Yazoo Companies from the region granted ; -- commonly so called, the act being known as the Yazoo Frauds Act, because of alleged corruption of the legislature, every member but one being a shareholder in one or more of the companies. The act granting the land was repealed in 1796 by a new legislature, and the repealing provision was incorporated in the State constitution in 1798. In 1802 the territory was ceded to the United States. The claims of the purchasers, whom Georgia had refused to compensate, were sustained by the United States Supreme Court, which (1810) declared the repealing act of 1796 unconstitutional. Congress in 1814 ordered the lands sold and appropriated $5,000,000 to pay the claims.


YBE Y*be, obs. p. p. of Be. Defn: Been. Chaucer.


YCLEPED Y*cleped, p. p. Etym: [AS. geclipod, p. p. of clipian, cleopian, cliopian, to call. See Clepe, and also the Note under Y-.] Defn: Called; named; -- obsolete, except in archaic or humorous writings. [Spelt also yclept.] It is full fair to ben yclept madame. Chaucer. But come, thou goddess fair and free. In heaven ycleped Euphrosyne. Milton. Those charming little missives ycleped valentines. Lamb. Y CURRENT Y current. (Elec.) Defn: The current through one branch of the star arrangement of a three-phase circuit.


YDO Y*do, obs. p. p. of Do. Defn: Done. Chaucer.


YDRAD Y*drad, obs. p. p. of Dread. Defn: Dreaded. Yet nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad. Spenser.


YE Ye, Defn: an old method of printing the article the (AS. ?e), the y being used in place of the Anglo-Saxon thorn. It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced ye. See The, and Thorn, n., 4.


YE Y? (ee), n.; pl. Y?n (. Defn: An eye. [Obs.] From his y?n ran the water down. Chaucer.


YE Ye (ye), pron. Etym: [OE. ye, ?e, nom. pl., AS. ge, gi; cf. OS. ge, gi, OFries. gi, i, D. gij, Dan. & Sw. i, Icel. er, OHG. ir, G. ihr, Goth. jus, Lith. jus, Gr. yuyam. Defn: The plural of the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case. Ye ben to me right welcome heartily. Chaucer. But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified. 1 Cor. vi. 11. This would cost you your life in case ye were a man. Udall. Note: In Old English ye was used only as a nominative, and you only as a dative or objective. In the 16th century, however, ye and you became confused and were often used interchangeably, both as nominatives and objectives, and you has now superseded ye except in solemn or poetic use. See You, and also the first Note under Thou. Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye. Shak. I come, kind gentlemen, strange news to tell ye. Dryden.


YE Ye, adv. Etym: [See Yea.] Defn: Yea; yes. [Obs.] Chaucer.


YEA Yea (ya or ye; 277), adv. Etym: [OE. ye, ya, ?e, ?a, AS. ge?; akin to OFries. g, i, OS., D., OHG., G., Dan. & Sw. ja, Icel, ja, Goth. ja, jai, and probably to Gr. Yes.] 1. Yes; ay; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative, or an affirmative answer to a question, now superseded by yes. See Yes. Let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay. Matt. v. 37. 2. More than this; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition of a more specific or more emphatic clause. Cf. Nay, adv., 2. I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Phil. i. 18. Note: Yea sometimes introduces a clause, with the sense of indeed, verily, truly. Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden Gen. iii. 1.

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