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Definition: Black horse
(h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. &
OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to
run, E. course, current Cf. Walrus
1. (Zo["o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus
especially, the domestic horse (Equus caballus
was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period.
It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with
six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below.
The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or
wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having
a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base.
Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all
its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility,
courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for
drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.
Note: Many varieties, differing in form, size, color, gait,
speed, etc., are known, but all are believed to have
been derived from the same original species. It is
supposed to have been a native of the plains of Central
Asia, but the wild species from which it was derived is
not certainly known. The feral horses of America are
domestic horses that have run wild; and it is probably
true that most of those of Asia have a similar origin.
Some of the true wild Asiatic horses do, however,
approach the domestic horse in several characteristics.
Several species of fossil (Equus
) are known from the
later Tertiary formations of Europe and America. The
fossil species of other genera of the family
are also often called horses, in general
2. The male of the genus Equus
, in distinction from the
female or male; usually, a castrated male.
3. Mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural
termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished
The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five
thousand horse and foot. --Bacon.
4. A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a
clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.
5. A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers
were made to ride for punishment.
6. Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a
horse; a hobby.
7. (Mining) A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same
character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a
vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse -- said of a
vein -- is to divide into branches for a distance.
(a) See Footrope
(b) A breastband for a leadsman.
(c) An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
(d) A jackstay. --W. C. Russell. --Totten.
9. (Student Slang)
(a) A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or
examination; -- called also trot
(b) Horseplay; tomfoolery.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
. [Colloq. contraction]
Note: Horse is much used adjectively and in composition to
signify of, or having to do with, a horse or horses,
like a horse, etc.; as, horse collar, horse dealer or
horse?dealer, horsehoe, horse jockey; and hence, often
in the sense of strong, loud, coarse, etc.; as,
horselaugh, horse nettle or horse-nettle, horseplay,
horse ant, etc.
, Blood horse
, etc. See under Black
, caballine aloes.
(Zo["o]l.), a large ant (Formica rufa
called also horse emmet
, that portion of the artillery in which the
cannoneers are mounted, and which usually serves with the
cavalry; flying artillery.
(Bot.), a strong-scented labiate plant
), having large leaves and
(Bot.), a variety of the English or Windsor bean
), grown for feeding horses.
, a boat for conveying horses and cattle, or a
boat propelled by horses.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Botfly
, and Bots
, a railroad car for transporting valuable horses,
as hunters. [Eng.]
or Horse trainer
, one employed in subduing
or training horses for use.
(a) A railroad car drawn by horses. See under Car
(b) A car fitted for transporting horses.
(Bot.), a leguminous plant (Cassia Javanica
), bearing long pods, which contain a black,
catharic pulp, much used in the East Indies as a horse
, a cloth to cover a horse.
(Zo["o]l.), a large, spiral, marine shell of
the genus Triton. See Triton
(a) One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing.
(b) A dealer in horses. [Obs.] --Wiseman.
(Zo["o]l.), the Limulus; -- called also
, horsehoe crab
, and king crab
(Zo["o]l.), the cavally.
(Zo["o]l.), the horse ant.
(Zo["o]l.), the chaffinch. [Prov. Eng.]
(Bot.), fever root.
(Naut.), a large calking iron.
, a space in the North Atlantic famous for
calms and baffling winds, being between the westerly winds
of higher latitudes and the trade winds. --Ham. Nav.
(a) The common tunny (Orcynus thunnus
), found on the
Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and in the
(b) The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix
(c) The scad.
(d) The name is locally applied to various other fishes,
as the California hake, the black candlefish, the
jurel, the bluefish, etc.
(Naut.), an awkward, lubbery person; one of a
mythical body of marine cavalry. [Slang]
(Zo["o]l.), a large, marine mussel (Modiola modiolus
), found on the northern shores of Europe and
(Bot.), a coarse, prickly, American herb, the
. (Bot.) See Alexanders
(Bot.), a coarse fleshy weed of tropical
America (Trianthema monogymnum
, a race by horses; a match of horses in running
, the practice of racing with horses.
, a railroad on which the cars are drawn by
horses; -- in England, and sometimes in the United States,
called a tramway
(Civil Engin.), a device for drawing loaded
wheelbarrows up an inclined plane by horse power.
, strong common sense. [Colloq. U.S.]
, a cavalryman.
(Zo["o]l.), a large, coarse, commercial sponge
(Zo["o]l.), a large dragon fly. [Prov. Eng.]
(Bot.), a shrub of the southern part of the
United States (Symplocos tinctoria
), whose leaves are
sweet, and good for fodder.
(Zo["o]l.), a winged, dipterous insect
), which troubles horses by biting
them, and sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly
, and forest fly
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Hippocrepis
), cultivated for the beauty of its
flowers; -- called also horsehoe vetch
, from the
peculiar shape of its pods.
, a locomotive. [Colloq.]
, the sailor's name for salt beef.
To look a gift horse in the mouth
, to examine the mouth of
a horse which has been received as a gift, in order to
ascertain his age; -- hence, to accept favors in a
critical and thankless spirit. --Lowell.
To take horse
(a) To set out on horseback. --Macaulay.
(b) To be covered, as a mare.
(c) See definition 7 (above).
(bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to
Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl["a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k,
OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not
akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.]
1. Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the
color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark
color, the opposite of white
; characterized by such a
color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
O night, with hue so black! --Shak.
2. In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in
darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the
heavens black with clouds.
I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud.
3. Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness;
destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked;
cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible. “This day's black
fate.” “Black villainy.” “Arise, black vengeance.”
“Black day.” “Black despair.”
4. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen;
foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
Note: Black is often used in self-explaining compound words;
as, black-eyed, black-faced, black-haired,
, the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a
felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to
hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or
disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for
malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been
called black acts.
(Zo["o]l.), a fish of the West Indies and
Florida (Holacanthus tricolor
), with the head and tail
yellow, and the middle of the body black.
(Chem.), the black sulphide of antimony,
, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
(Zo["o]l.), the common American bear (Ursus Americanus
. See B[^e]te noire
(Zo["o]l.), the common large cockroach
(Zo["o]l.), the black-headed bunting (Embriza Sch[oe]niclus
) of Europe.
, a disease in turnips and other crops,
produced by a species of caterpillar.
(Zo["o]l.), the fisher, a quadruped of North
America allied to the sable, but larger. See Fisher
, any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in
distinction from dairy cattle. [Eng.]
. See under Cherry
(Zo["o]l.), the palm cockatoo. See
. Same as Melaconite
. (Bot.) See Currant
. (Min.) See Carbonado
(Med.), a cathartic medicine, composed of
senna and magnesia.
(Med.), vinegar of opium; a narcotic preparation
consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.
, mold; earth of a dark color. --Woodward.
, the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a
skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
(Zo["o]l.), a flea beetle (Haltica nemorum
injurious to turnips.
, a mixture of carbonate of potash and charcoal,
obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of
niter. --Brande & C.
[a translation of G. Schwarzwald], a forest in
Baden and W["u]rtemburg, in Germany; a part of the ancient
, or Black grouse
. (Zo["o]l.) See Blackcock
, and Heath grouse
(Bot.), a grasslike rush of the species Juncus Gerardi
, growing on salt marshes, and making good hay.
(Bot.), an American tree, the tupelo or
pepperidge. See Tupelo
Black Hamburg (grape)
(Bot.), a sweet and juicy variety of
dark purple or “black”
(Zo["o]l.), a fish of the Mississippi valley
), of the sucker family; the
(Zo["o]l.), the Lemurniger
of Madagascar; the
of the natives.
, a list of persons who are for some reason
thought deserving of censure or punishment; -- esp. a list
of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, made
for the protection of tradesmen or employers. See
, v. t.
(Chem.), the black oxide of manganese,
, the close wagon in which prisoners are carried
to or from jail.
(Zo["o]l.), the chimney swift. See Swift
(Bot.), the common so-called long moss of the
southern United States. See Tillandsia
. See under Oak
. See Wad
, a very fine, light carbonaceous substance,
or lampblack, prepared chiefly for the manufacture of
printers' ink. It is obtained by burning common coal tar.
, sheet iron before it is tinned. --Knight.
, malignant anthrax with engorgement of a
shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox.
(Zo["o]l.), one of the species of rats (Mus rattus
), commonly infesting houses.
. See Blackmail
, n., 3.
, a disease of wheat, in which a black, moist
matter is deposited in the fissures of the grain.
, one in a family or company who is unlike the
rest, and makes trouble.
. (Min.) See under Silver
Black and tan
, black mixed or spotted with tan color or
reddish brown; -- used in describing certain breeds of
. See under Tea
(Mining), tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed,
stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form
of a black powder, like fine sand. --Knight.
. See under Walnut
(Zo["o]l.), an American hawk (Buteo Harlani
Syn: Dark; murky; pitchy; inky; somber; dusky; gloomy; swart;
Cimmerian; ebon; atrocious.