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Definition: Hedge marriage
, n. [OE. hegge, AS. hecg; akin to haga an
inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege hedge, E. haybote, D. hegge, OHG.
hegga, G. hecke. [root]12. See Haw
A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a
thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land;
and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a
line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted
round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts
of a garden.
The roughest berry on the rudest hedge. --Shak.
Through the verdant maze
Of sweetbrier hedges I pursue my walk. --Thomson.
Note: Hedge, when used adjectively or in composition, often
means rustic, outlandish, illiterate, poor, or mean;
as, hedge priest; hedgeborn, etc.
, Hedge bindweed
(Bot.), a climbing plant
related to the morning-glory (Convolvulus sepium
, a long-handled billhook.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Alliaria
, under Garlic
(Bot.), a bitter herb of the genus Gratiola
the leaves of which are emetic and purgative.
, a secret or clandestine marriage,
especially one performed by a hedge priest. [Eng.]
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Sisymbrium
belonging to the Mustard family.
(Bot.), an herb, or under shrub, of the genus
, belonging to the Mint family. It has a
nettlelike appearance, though quite harmless.
(a) The note of a hedge bird.
(b) Low, contemptible writing. [Obs.] --Dryden.
, a poor, illiterate priest. --Shak.
, an open-air school in the shelter of a hedge,
in Ireland; a school for rustics.
(Zo["o]l.), a European warbler (Accentor modularis
) which frequents hedges. Its color is reddish
brown, and ash; the wing coverts are tipped with white.
Called also chanter
, hedge warbler
, an insignificant writer, or a writer of low,
scurrilous stuff. [Obs.] --Swift.
To breast up a hedge
. See under Breast
To hang in the hedge
, to be at a standstill. “While the
business of money hangs in the hedge.”