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Definition: devil bird
, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D.
koning, OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung,
Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root
of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See
1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme
authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by
hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. “Ay, every
inch a king.”
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
rebels from principle. --Burke.
There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
Rejoicing in the east --Thomson.
2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank;
a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money
king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
3. A playing card having the picture of a king; as, the
king of diamonds.
4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
denote pre["e]minence or superiority in some
particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
. See Apostolic
, or King-of-arms
, the chief heraldic officer
of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of
great authority. His business is to direct the heralds,
preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of
armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz.,
Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally
north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.
(Zo["o]l.), the little auk or sea dove.
King bird of paradise
. (Zo["o]l.), See Bird of paradise
, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit;
thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the
queen is the king card of the suit.
, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have
reigned in the third century.
(Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome univalve shell
), found in the West Indies. It is used for
making cameos. See Helmet shell
, under Helmet
, a popular personification of the great staple
production of the southern United States.
(a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus
(b) The large European spider crab or thornback (Maia squinado
(c) A large crab of the northern Pacific (Paralithodes camtshatica
), especially abundant on the coasts of
Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also
Alaskan king crab
(a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra
) of India; --
so called because, while breeding, they attack and
drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds.
(b) The Dicrurus macrocercus
of India, a crested bird
with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with
green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird
(Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome eider duck
), inhabiting the arctic regions
of both continents.
(Zo["o]l.), an eagle (Aquila heliaca
) found in
Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the
golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial
eagle of Rome.
(Zo["o]l.), an American hake (Phycis regius
found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.
(Zo["o]l.), an African monkey (Colobus polycomus
), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
(Zo["o]l.), a West Indian red mullet (Upeneus maculatus
); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
Called also goldfish
King of terrors
(Zo["o]l.), a handsome Australian parrakeet
), often kept in a cage. Its
prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings
bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.
(Zo["o]l.), any large species of penguin of
the genus Aptenodytes
; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris
of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and
, of Patagonia.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American rail (Rallus elegans
), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts
are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep
(Zo["o]l.), the quinnat. See Quinnat
, or Queen's counsel
(Eng. Law), barristers
learned in the law, who have been called within the bar,
and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They
answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue
(advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be
employed against the crown without special license.
--Wharton's Law Dict.
, a temporary seat made by two persons
crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
The king's English
, correct or current language of good
speakers; pure English. --Shak.
or Queen's evidence
, testimony in favor
of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an
accomplice. See under Evidence
, scrofula; -- so called because formerly
supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.
(Zo["o]l.), a large, nearly black, harmless
snake (Ophiobolus getulus
) of the Southern United
States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds
of snakes, including even the rattlesnake.
(Bot.), the white asphodel (Asphodelus albus
, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow orpiment
(Zo["o]l.), a small fly-catching bird
) of tropical America. The head is
adorned with a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which
is bright red, edged with black.
(Zo["o]l.), a large species of vulture
), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay,
The general color is white. The wings and tail are black,
and the naked carunculated head and the neck are
briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue.
So called because it drives away other vultures while
, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood
beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and
small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of
. See Jacaranda
1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.
2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small,
long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family
. In form and habits the swifts resemble
swallows, but they are destitute of complex vocal muscles
and are not singing birds, but belong to a widely
different group allied to the humming birds.
Note: The common European swift (Cypselus apus
) nests in church steeples and under the
tiles of roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and
shrill screams. It is called also black martin
, hawk swallow
, devil bird
, screech martin
, and shriek owl
common American, or chimney, swift (Ch[ae]tura pelagica
) has sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers.
It attaches its nest to the inner walls of chimneys,
and is called also chimney swallow
. The Australian
swift (Ch[ae]tura caudacuta
) also has sharp naked
tips to the tail quills. The European Alpine swift
) is whitish beneath, with a white
band across the breast. The common Indian swift is
. See also Palm swift
, and Tree swift
, under Tree
3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the
4. (Zo["o]l.) The ghost moth. See under Ghost
5. [Cf. Swivel
.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding
yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.