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Friday, July 09, 2010

Definitions for tantivy

  1. at full gallop: to ride tantivy.
  2. swift; rapid.
  3. a gallop; rush

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Citations for tantivy
As soon as he caught Bud's eye, he kicked it up another gear, to a tantivy. He was going to cut Bud off before he could reach Sendero. Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995
As I sit at my window this summer afternoon, hawks are circling about my clearing; the tantivy of wild pigeons, flying by two and threes athwart my view… Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Origin of tantivy
1635-1645
Tantivy entered English in the 1600s and is of unknown origin.