a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
late 13c., from O.Fr. frire, from L. frigere "to roast or fry," from PIE *bhreu- (cf. Skt. bhrjjati "roasts, bharjanah "roasting;" Pers. birishtan "to roast;" Gk. phrygein "to roast, bake"). Meaning "execute in the electric chair" is U.S. slang from 1929. To go out of the frying pan into the fire is
first attested in Thomas More (1532). Related: Fried; frying.
"young fish," 1293, from Anglo-Fr. frei, from O.Fr. frai "spawn," from froier "to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand)." First applied to human offspring 14c. in Scot., though OED traces this usage to O.N. frjo, fræ "seed, offspring."