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Friday, July 09, 2010

tantivy

\tan-TIV-ee\ , adjective;
1.
Swift; rapid.
adverb:
1.
At full gallop.
noun:
1.
A rush, a gallop or stampede.
interjection:
1.
(used as a hunting cry when the chase is at full speed.)
Quotes:
The passage of wild pigeons from this wood to that-with their slight tantivy-and carrier haste- Now from under some rotten stump your hoe turns up a spotted salamander- your own contemporary- A small trace of Egypt and the Nile in New England- Where is the priest of Isis.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Journal: 1842-1848
How does it come that a few short hours later we find him galloping tantivy over the dusty hills, no less than two hundred miles, as the birds fly, from the counter railings of welcomings?
-- Francis Lynde, Empire Builders
Origin:
Tantivy, while associated with many aspects of horseback riding, is of unknown origin.
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