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DRO’MEDARY. n.s. [dromedare, Italian.]
A sort of camel so called from its swiftness, because it is
said to travel a hundred miles a day, and some affirm one hun-
dred and fifty. Dromedaries are smaller than common camels,
slenderer, and more nimble, and are of two kinds: one
larger, with two small bunches, covered with hair, on its back;
the other lesser, with one hairy eminence, and more frequent-
ly called camel: both are capable of great fatigue, and very
serviceable in the western parts of Asia, where they abound.
Their hair is soft and shorn: they have no fangs and fore-
teeth, nor horn upon their feet, which are only covered with
a fleshy skin; and they are about seven feet and a half high,
from the ground to the top of their heads. They drink much
at a time, and are said to disturb the water with their feet.
They keep the water long in their stomachs, which, as some
report, travellers in necessity will open for the sake of the
water contained in them. The stomach of this animal is
composed of four ventricles; and in the second are several
mouths, which open a passage into twenty cavities, which
serve for conservatories of water. See CAMEL. Calmet.



DRA’WINGROOM. n.s. [draw and room.]
I. The room in which company assembles at court.
What you heard of the words spoken of you in the drawing
room was not true: the sayings of princes are generally as ill
related as the sayings of wits. Pope.
2. The company assembled there.



DO’GGEREL. adj. [from dog.] Loosed from the measures of
regular poetry; vile; despicable; mean.
Then hasten Og and Doeg to rehearse,
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse;
Who by my muse, to all succeeding times,
Shall live in spite of their own dogg’rel rhymes. Dryden.
Your wit burlesque may one step higher climb,
And in his sphere may judge all dogg’rel rhyme. Dryden.
It is a dispute among the criticks, whether burlesque poetry
runs best in heroick verse, like that of the Dispensary; or in
doggerel, like that of Hudibras. Addison’s Spectator, No. 249.



DISCU’MBENCY. n.s. [discumbens, Latin.] The act of lean-
ing at meat, after the ancient manner.
The Greeks and Romans used the custom of discumbency at
meals, which was on their left side; for so their right hand
was free and ready for service. Brown’s Vulgar Errours.



The fooleries of some affected
novelists have discredited new
discoveries, & render’d ye very
mention suspected of vanity at
least Glanv. Scep.

To DING. v.n.


To DING. v.n. To bluster; to bounce; to huff. A low word.
He huffs and dings at such a rate, because we will not spend
the little we have left to get him the title and estate of lord
Strut. Arbuthnot’s History of John Bull.



DEVO’TIONALIST. n.s. [from devotion.] A man zealous with-
out knowledge; superstitiously devout.



state of degradation, infamy
O foul descent, yt I who erst contended
Wth Gods to sit ye highest, am now
Into a beast & mix wth bestial slime
This essence to incarnate & imbrute

To DE’NIZEN. v.a.


To DE’NIZEN. v.a. [from the noun.] To infranchise; to
make free.
Pride, lust, covetize, being several
To these three places, yet all are in all;
Mingled thus, their issue is incestuous;
Falshood is denizen’d, virtue is barbarous. Donne.

To DEMU’RE. v.n.


To DEM’URE. v.n. [from the noun.] To look with an affected
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes,
And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour,
Demuring upon me. Shakesp. Anthony and Cleopatra.