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A bushman's blanket; -- named from its color, or a bushman's bundle; a swag; -- so called because a blanket is sometimes used as the outside covering.

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Fear of clouds


A rude, rustic fellow.

Neap Tide

A tide of decreased range that occurs twice a month, when the Moon is in quadrature (during its first and last quarters, when the Sun and the Moon are at right angles to each other relative to Earth).


The slowly changing position of the stars and equinoxes in the sky resulting from variations in the orientation of Earth’s axis.

Right ascension

The celestial longitude of an object in the sky, measured eastward along the celestial equator in hours of time from the vernal equinox; analogous to longitude on Earth.


To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies.


Named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar (63B.C.-A.D.14).

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