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KI’SSINGCRUST. n.s. [kissing and crust.] Crust formed where
one loaf in the oven touches another.
These bak’d him kissingcrusts, and those
brought him small beer.  King’s Cookery.

KINE. n.s.

KINE. n.s.

KINE. n.s. plur. from cow.
To milk the kine,
E’er the milk-maid fine
Hath open’d her eyne.  Ben. Johnson.
A field I went, amid’ the morning dew,
To milk my kineGay.

KI’MBO. adj.

KI'MBO. adj.

KI’MBO. adj. [a schembo, Italian.] Crooked; bent; arched.
The kimbo handles seem with bears-foot crv’d,
And never yet to table have been serv’d.  Dryden’s Virgil.
He observed them edging towards one another to whisper;
so that John was forced to sit with his arms a kimbo, to keep
them asunder. Arbuthnot’s History of John Bull.


KI'CKSHAW. n.s. 1

KI’CKSHAW. n.s. [This word is supposed, I think with truth,
to be only a corruption of quelque chose, something; yet Milton
seems to have understood it otherwise; for he writes it kick-
shoe, and seems to think it used in contempt of dancing.]
I. Something uncommon; fantastical; something ridiculous.
Shall we need the monsieurs of Paris to take our hopeful
youth into their flight and prodigal custodies, and send them
over back again transformed into mimicks, apes, and kick
shoes?     Milton.
2. A dish so changed by the cookery that it can scarcely be
Some pigeons, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of
mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshawsShakes. H. IV.
In wit, as well as war, they give us vigour;
Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-meagre. Fenton.

To KE’NNEL. v.n.

To KE'NNEL. v.n.

To KE’NNEL. v.n. [from kennel.] To lie; to dwell: used of
beasts, and of man in contempt.
Yet, when they list, would creep,
If ought disturb’d their noise, into her womb,
And kennel there; yet there still bark’d and howl’d
Within, unseen. Milton’s Par. Lost, b. ii.
The dog kennelled in a hollow tree, and the cock roosted
upon the boughs. L’Estrange’s Fables.

To KE’ELHALE. v.a.

To KE'ELHALE. v.a.

To KE’ELHALE. v.a. [keel and hale.] To punish in the sea-
mens way, by dragging the criminal under water on one side
of the ship and up again on the other.

KE’EPER of the great seal

KE'EPER of the great seal.

KE’EPER of the great seal. [custos magni sigilli, Latin.] Is a lord
by his office, and called lord keeper of the great seal of Eng-
land, &c. and is of the king’s prviy-council, under whose
hands pass all charters, commissions, and grants of the king,
strengthened by the great or broad seal, without which seal
all such instruments of law are of no force; for the king is,
in interpretation and intendment of law, a corporation, and
therefore passeth nothing firmly, but under the great seal.
This lord keeper, by the statute of 5 Eliz. c. 18. hath the
like jurisdiction, and all other advantages, as hath the lord
chancellor of England. Cowell.



KEE, the provincial plural of cow, properly kine.
A lass that Cic’ly hight had won his heart,
Cic’ly the western lass that tends the kee. Gay’s Past.

KAM. adj.

KAM. adj.

KAM. adj. Crooked.
Kam, in Erse, is squint-eyed, and applied to any thing
awry: clean kam signifies crooked, athwart, awry, cross from
the purpose. A-schembo, Italian, hence our English a-kimbo.
Clean kam is, by vulgar pronunciation, brought to kim kam.
The blood he hath lost, he dropt it for his country:
And what is left, to lose it by his country,
Were to us all that do’t and suffer it,
A brand to th’end o’ th’ world.
–This is clean kam.
Meerly awry. Shakespeare.

JY’MOLD. adj.


JY’MOLD. adj.  [See GIMAL.]
Their poor jades
Lob down their heads, dropping the hide and hips;
And in their pale dull mouths the jymold bit
Lies, foul with chew’d grass, still and motionless.
Shakespeare’s Henry V.