Glossary to The Metamorphosis of Ajax.

 

Allege

To use as evidence in argument

An

If

Aposticchio

Something made by art, or counterfeit.

Articuled

Made accusations

Baned

Poisoned

Barrator

A judge who takes bribes

Bigamus

A bigamist

Biggin

A white skullcap or coif, worn by serjeants-at-law, a senior class of lawyer.

Black jack

A leather drinking vessel

Buckler

A small shield

Casting

Vomit, or excrement

Chaldron

A measure of coal (36 bushels, about 1 tons)

Clyster

A syringe for administering an enema

Collation

A sermon

Commination

A denunciation of sinners, part of the Anglican service for Ash Wednesday

Complot

A conspiracy

Corsive

A corrosive poison

Culliss

A nourishing broth given to invalids

Devant

In front

Distichon

A poetical couplet

Draff

Literally, spent brewing grains, metaphorically, any worthless rubbish

Draught

A privy

Egestion

Defecation

Eryngoes

Candied roots of sea-holly (Eryngium maritimum); eaten as a delicacy, a cure for colds, and supposedly an aphrodisiac.

Fardingale

A framework of hoops used to support a wide dress or crinoline

Femishing

Deer's excrement

Foin

To thrust with a sword or knife

Frump

A sneer

Gog

A euphemism for God in mangled oaths e.g. gog's nouns = God's wounds

Gong-farmer

A scavenger of dung

Grimsire

An austere, stern, morose or overbearing person. (OED)

Holp

Helped

Housekeeper

A householder, one entitled by law to vote, serve on juries, etc.

Inew

To drive into water

Intempestive

Unseasonable

Let

An obstacle or hindrance

Lineal

Made of linen

List

To want to do something

Lour

To scowl

Machachinas

A sword-dance performed by fantastically masked and costumed dancers

Mickson

A heap of dung

Minion

A kind of cannon, of about 3 inches calibre, firing a 4-pound ball

Mise

Expenses or payments

Momio

Mummy, i.e. the powdered bodies of mummified Egyptians, used as a medicine

Mute

Mucus

Naumachia

A mock naval battle, performed for entertainment.

Parenetical

Exhortatory

Philanders

A disease of hawks caused by intestinal worms

Plat

A patch of ground

Plot

Illustration, drawing.

Points

Laces used for tying clothes

Pome-cittern

A citron

Pontificalibus

The formal vestments of the Pope

Powdered

Seasoned with spices

Primero

A card game, often involving heavy gambling

Priorums

Front parts i.e. genitals

Punie

A new student or freshman

Pursuivant

A messenger or bailiff.

Quadling

A variety of apple

Rabinet

A kind of cannon, of about 1 inches calibre, firing a pound ball

Rebato

A kind of stiff collar

Respectively

Respectfully

Rother-beasts

Oxen or cattle

Sad

Serious

Sadness

Seriousness

Saker

A kind of cannon, of about3 inches calibre, firing a 4 -pound ball

Save-reverence

With apologies

Scurrile

Scurrilous

Serjeant

i.e a serjeant-at-law, a senior class of lawyer. Only a serjeant could become a judge.

Sewer

At a large formal meal, a steward who supervised the laying of the table, directed the guests to their places, and commanded the serving of food and drink.

Shent

Disgraced

Sinkapace

Or Cinquepace: a kind of dance.

Sith

Since

Sleight

Crafty, cunning

Slicing

Excrement

Subsizar

A student who received free tuition in return for performing menial tasks

Suppedital

A shoe

Supplicity

Pleading

Tarris

A kind of cement made from powdered pumice

Taster

Snout

Teshe

A task

Traverse

To plead not guilty to an accusation

Trow

To declare something to be true

Untruss

To open one's clothing

Venu

A wound

Verol

Syphilis

Visor

A mask

Volley

In taken at the volley = taken impetuously, without consideration

Younker

A young man