The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia Volume 10

The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...s. pl. An instrument for pulling up some sorts of plants in weeding, as thistles. weeding-fork, s. A strong three-pronged fork, used in clearing ground of weeds. weeding-hoe, s. A hoe used in weeding ground. week. 'weeks, 'woke 'wits, 'woke, 'wouke, 'wycke, 10,0. EA. wire, wicu, wuce, umcu ' cogn. with ut. wee ', ' Icel. rika; Sw. vecka; O. H' Ger. wecha, wehha; M. H. Ger. woche; Da.n.14ge. I. Ordinary Language.' 1. The s ace of seven days; the space from one Sunday, onday, '.c., _to another; the most. obvious and convenient division o_f the natural or lunar month. The division_0_f time into weeks did not exist among the aborigines of America when the New World was discovered, nor did it exist among the Pol nesians, the J_apanose, or, it is now bolioved, s Chinese. It is nearly universal in India, and was found thoroughly rooted when the first Christians went tp thatcountijy. So has it been from a period of high antiquity_in Scandinavia, the namcs of the several days _bcing connected with identically the same planets lll the two regions-so that, if at noon on Sunday in Sweden one could b_o transported in a moment to India, he would find it Aditwar (=Suuday%lthcre, and so of any other day in the week. The obrcws, and it is thought the other Semites, had the_insti_tution of weeks IL, the days ap arently being simply numbered rat second, third), &c. During the early centuries of their history the Grooks and the Romans had_not the institution of weeks, there having been ancient forgery in connection with Homei-'s oft uulvil passages on the subject. Dion ('assius, in t csio ond centur after (fhrist (Hlst., xxxvii. 18), consulered that t e weok with the planetary names of the days had been more

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