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Friday, July 09, 2010

tantivy

\tan-TIV-ee\ , adverb;
1.
at full gallop: to ride tantivy.
adjective:
1.
swift; rapid.
noun:
1.
a gallop; rush
interjection:
1.
(used as a hunting cry when the chase is at full speed.)
Quotes:
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:
Tantivy entered English in the 1600s and is of unknown origin.
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