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A chip off the old block

  • a child who resembles either of his parents. Colloq. Milton.-
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age-old

  • adjective satellite belonging to or lasting from times long ago
    antique.
    • age-old customs
    • the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness
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day-old

  • adjective satellite not fresh today
    • day-old bread is cheaper than fresh
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dirty old man

  • noun a middle-aged man with lecherous inclinations
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five-year-old

  • adjective satellite five years of age
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four-year-old

  • adjective satellite four years of age
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good old boy

  • noun a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
    good ol' boy; good ole boy.
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good old days

  • noun past times remembered with nostalgia
    good old days; auld langsyne; langsyne.
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Of old

  • formerly; in time long past.
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Old age

  • noun a late time of life
    geezerhood; age; eld; years.
    • old age is not for sissies
    • he's showing his years
    • age hasn't slowed him down at all
    • a beard white with eld
    • on the brink of geezerhood
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  • advanced years; the latter period of life.
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Old bachelor

  • . See Bachelor, 1.
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old bag

  • noun an ugly or ill-tempered woman
    bag.
    • he was romancing the old bag for her money
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old bailey

  • noun the central criminal court in London
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old boy

  • noun a familiar term of address for a man
    old boy.
  • noun a vivacious elderly man
  • noun a former male pupil of a school
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old boy network

  • noun an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics)
    • professional women have developed an old boy network of their own
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old bulgarian

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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old bullion

  • noun United States legislator who opposed the use of paper currency (1782-1858)
    Thomas Hart Benton; Benton.
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old catholic

  • noun a member of the church formed in the 19th century by German Catholics who refused to accept the infallibility of the Pope
    Old Catholic.
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old catholic church

  • noun Catholic churches that broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 18th century
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Old Catholics

  • noun a member of the church formed in the 19th century by German Catholics who refused to accept the infallibility of the Pope
    Old Catholic.
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  • . See under Catholic.
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old church slavic

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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old church slavonic

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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old codger

  • noun used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
    codger.
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old colony

  • noun a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
    MA; Massachusetts; Bay State.
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old country

  • noun the country of origin of an immigrant
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old delhi

  • noun a city in north central India
    Delhi.
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old dominion

  • noun a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
    Old Dominion; Virginia; VA.
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old dominion state

  • noun a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
    Old Dominion; Virginia; VA.
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Old English

  • noun English prior to about 1100
    Anglo-Saxon.
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  • . See under English. n., 2.
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old english sheepdog

  • noun large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain
    bobtail.
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old faithful

  • noun a geyser in Yellowstone National Park that erupts for about 4 minutes about every 65 minutes
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old fashioned

  • noun a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices
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old french

  • noun the earliest form of the French language; 9th to 15th century
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old frisian

  • noun the Frisian language until the 16th century; the Germanic language of ancient Frisia
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old geezer

  • noun an elderly man
    old geezer; antique; gaffer; oldtimer.
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old glory

  • noun the national flag of the United States of America
    American flag; Star-Spangled Banner; Stars and Stripes.
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old gold

  • noun a dark yellow
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old growth

  • noun forest or woodland having a mature or overly mature ecosystem more or less uninfluenced by human activity
    virgin forest.
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old guard

  • noun a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
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old hand

  • noun an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    old stager; warhorse; veteran; oldtimer; old hand; stager.
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old hickory

  • noun 7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
    Andrew Jackson; Jackson.
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old high german

  • noun High German prior to 1200
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old icelandic

  • noun the extinct dialect of Old Norse that was spoken in Iceland up until about 1600
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old irish

  • noun Irish Gaelic up to about 1100
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old ironsides

  • noun a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
    Constitution.
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old italian

  • noun the Italian language up to the middle of the 16th century
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Old lady

  • noun your own wife
    • meet my old lady
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  • (Zoöl.), a large European noctuid moth (Mormo maura).
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old lang syne

Old` lang syne"
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  1. See Auld lang syne.
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old latin

  • noun the oldest recorded Latin (dating back at early as the 6th century B.C.)
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old line state

  • noun a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
    MD; Maryland; Free State.
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Old maid

  • noun an elderly unmarried woman
    spinster.
  • noun any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
    zinnia; old maid.
  • noun commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
    cayenne jasmine; rose periwinkle; Madagascar periwinkle; periwinkle; red periwinkle; Cape periwinkle; Catharanthus roseus; Vinca rosea.
  • noun the loser in a game of old maid
  • noun a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')
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  • . (a) A woman, somewhat advanced in years, who has never been married; a spinster . (b) (Bot.) A West Indian name for the pink-flowered periwinkle (Vinca rosea). (c) A simple game of cards, played by matching them. The person with whom the odd card is left is the old maid.
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old maid flower

  • noun any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
    zinnia; old maid.
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old man

  • noun a man who is very old
    graybeard; greybeard; Methuselah.
  • noun a familiar term of address for a man
    old boy.
  • noun an informal term for your father
  • noun aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
    Artemisia absinthium; common wormwood; lad's love; absinthe.
  • noun (slang) boss
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old man of the mountain

  • noun whitish hairy plant with featherlike leaves and a few stout stems each bearing an especially handsome solitary large yellow flower head; mountainous regions north central United States
    Tetraneuris grandiflora; alpine sunflower; Hymenoxys grandiflora.
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Old man's beard

  • noun dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
    black moss; Spanish moss; long moss; Tillandsia usneoides.
  • noun vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
    Clematis vitalba; traveller's joy; traveler's joy.
  • noun common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
    devil's darning needle; Clematis virginiana; virgin's bower.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) The traveler's joy (Clematis Vitalba). So named from the abundant long feathery awns of its fruit. (b) The Tillandsia usneoides. See Tillandsia.
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Old man's head

  • (Bot.), a columnar cactus (Pilocereus senilis), native of Mexico, covered towards the top with long white hairs.
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old master

  • noun a great European painter prior to 19th century
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old money

  • noun the inherited wealth of established upper-class families
    silver spoon.
    • he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth
    • she is the daughter of old money from Massachusetts
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old nick

  • noun (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
    Devil; Prince of Darkness; Lucifer; the Tempter; Beelzebub; Satan.
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Old Nick, Old Scratch

  • the devil.
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old norse

  • noun the extinct Germanic language of medieval Scandinavia and Iceland from about to 700 to 1350
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old north french

  • noun the medieval Norman dialect of Old French
    Norman-French; Norman French.
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old north state

  • noun a state in southeastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies
    Tar Heel State; NC; North Carolina.
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old person

  • noun an elderly person
    oldster; golden ager; senior citizen.
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old prussian

  • noun a dead language of the (non-German) Prussians (extinct after 1700); thought to belong to the Baltic branch of Indo-European
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Old red sandstone

  • (Geol.), a series of red sandstone rocks situated below the rocks of the Carboniferous age and comprising various strata of siliceous sandstones and conglomerates. See Sandstone, and the Chart of Geology.
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old rose

  • noun a greyish-pink color
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old salt

  • noun a man who serves as a sailor
    Jack-tar; tar; sea dog; seaman; gob; Jack; seafarer; mariner.
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old Saxon

  • noun Low German prior to 1200
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  • the saxon of the continent of Europe in the old form of the language, as shown particularly in the "Heliand", a metrical narration of the gospel history preserved in manuscripts of the 9th century.
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Old school

  • noun a class of people favoring traditional ideas
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  • a school or party belonging to a former time, or preserving the character, manner, or opinious of a former time; as, a gentleman of the old school; used also adjectively; as, Old-School Presbyterians.
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old school tie

  • noun necktie indicating the school the wearer attended
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Old sledge

  • noun a form of all fours in which a total of seven points is game
    seven-up.
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  • an old and well-known game of cards, called also all fours, and high, low, Jack, and the game.
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old south

  • noun the South of the United States before the American Civil War
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Old squaw

  • noun a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
    oldwife; Clangula hyemalis.
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  • (Zoöl.), a duck (Clangula hyemalis) inhabiting the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is varied with black and white and is remarkable for the length of its tail. Called also longtailed duck, south southerly, callow, hareld, and old wife.
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old stager

  • noun an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    old stager; warhorse; veteran; oldtimer; old hand; stager.
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Old style

  • noun a typeface (based on an 18th century design) distinguished by irregularity and slanted ascender serifs and little contrast between light and heavy strokes
    old style.
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  • . (Chron.) See the Note under Style.
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old style calendar

  • noun the solar calendar introduced in Rome in 46 b.c. by Julius Caesar and slightly modified by Augustus, establishing the 12-month year of 365 days with each 4th year having 366 days and the months having 31 or 30 days except for February
    Julian calendar.
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old style font

  • noun a typeface (based on an 18th century design) distinguished by irregularity and slanted ascender serifs and little contrast between light and heavy strokes
    old style.
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Old Testament

  • noun the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
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  • . See under Testament.
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old times

  • noun past times remembered with nostalgia
    good old days; auld langsyne; langsyne.
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Old wife

  • . In the senses b and cwritten also oldwife. (a) A prating old woman; a gossip.
    Refuse profane and old wives' fables. 1 Tim. iv. 7.
    (b) (Zoöl.) The local name of various fishes, as the European black sea bream (Cantharus lineatus), the American alewife, etc. (c) (Zoöl.) A duck; the old squaw.
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old witch grass

  • noun North American grass with slender brushy panicles; often a weed on cultivated land
    tumble grass; witchgrass; witch grass; Panicum capillare; old witch grass.
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old witchgrass

  • noun North American grass with slender brushy panicles; often a weed on cultivated land
    tumble grass; witchgrass; witch grass; Panicum capillare; old witch grass.
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old wives' tale

  • noun a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth
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old woman

  • noun a woman who is old
  • noun herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
    dusty miller; beach wormwood; Artemisia stelleriana.
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Old World

  • noun the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas
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  • the Eastern Hemisphere.
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old world beaver

  • noun a European variety of beaver
    Castor fiber.
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old world buffalo

  • noun any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo
    buffalo.
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old world chat

  • noun songbirds having a chattering call
    chat.
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old world coot

  • noun a coot found in Eurasia
    Fulica atra.
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old world coral snake

  • noun any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia
    coral snake.
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old world crayfish

  • noun small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
    ecrevisse.
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old world flycatcher

  • noun any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
    true flycatcher; flycatcher.
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old world hop hornbeam

  • noun medium-sized hop hornbeam of southern Europe and Asia Minor
    Ostrya carpinifolia.
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old world jay

  • noun a European jay
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old world least weasel

  • noun of Europe
    Mustela nivalis.
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old world leishmaniasis

  • noun leishmaniasis of the skin; characterized by ulcerative skin lesions
    oriental sore; Delhi boil; tropical sore; cutaneous leishmaniasis; Aleppo boil.
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old world mistletoe

  • noun Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas
    mistletoe; Viscum album.
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old world monkey

  • noun of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
    catarrhine.
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old world oriole

  • noun mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
    oriole.
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old world porcupine

  • noun terrestrial porcupine
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old world quail

  • noun small game bird with a rounded body and small tail
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old world rabbit

  • noun common greyish-brown burrowing animal native to southern Europe and northern Africa but introduced elsewhere; widely domesticated and developed in various colors and for various needs; young are born naked and helpless
    Oryctolagus cuniculus; European rabbit.
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old world robin

  • noun small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
    robin redbreast; Erithacus rubecola; robin; redbreast.
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old world scops owl

  • noun European scops owl
    Otus scops.
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old world vulture

  • noun any of several large vultures of Africa and Eurasia
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old world warbler

  • noun small active brownish or greyish Old World birds
    true warbler.
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old world white pelican

  • noun similar to American white pelican
    Pelecanus onocrotalus.
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old world yew

  • noun predominant yew in Europe; extraordinarily long-lived and slow growing; one of the oldest species in the world
    Taxus baccata; English yew.
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old-age insurance

  • noun insurance paid to the elderly
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old-age pension

  • noun a monthly payment made to someone who is retired from work
    retirement fund; superannuation; retirement benefit; retirement check; retirement pension.
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old-age pensioner

  • noun an old person who receives an old-age pension
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old-fashioned

  • adjective satellite out of fashion
    antique; demode; ex; passee; passe; outmoded; old-fashioned.
    • a suit of rather antique appearance
    • demode (or outmoded) attire
    • outmoded ideas
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Old`-fash"ioned adjective
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  1. Formed according to old or obsolete fashion or pattern; adhering to old customs or ideas; as, an old-fashioned dress, girl. "Old-fashioned men of wit." Addison.
    This old-fashioned, quaint abode. Longfellow.
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old-fashionedness

  • noun the property of being no longer fashionable
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old-field toadflax

  • noun North American plant having racemes of blue-violet flowers
    Linaria canadensis; blue toadflax.
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old-gentlemanly

Old`-gen"tle*man*ly adjective
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  1. Pertaining to an old gentleman, or like one. Byron.
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old-hat

  • adjective satellite repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    well-worn; commonplace; hackneyed; tired; timeworn; trite; banal; threadbare; shopworn; stock.
    • bromidic sermons
    • his remarks were trite and commonplace
    • hackneyed phrases
    • a stock answer
    • repeating threadbare jokes
    • parroting some timeworn axiom
    • the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
  • adjective satellite out of fashion
    antique; demode; ex; passee; passe; outmoded; old-fashioned.
    • a suit of rather antique appearance
    • demode (or outmoded) attire
    • outmoded ideas
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old-line

  • adjective satellite adhering to conservative or reactionary principles
    oldline.
    • an oldline senator
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old-maid's bonnet

  • noun stout perennial of eastern and central North America having palmate leaves and showy racemose blue flowers
    Lupinus perennis; Indian beet; sundial lupine; wild lupine.
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old-maidish

  • adjective satellite primly fastidious
    old-maidish.
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Old`-maid"ish adjective
Definitions
  1. Like an old maid; prim; precise; particular.
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old-maidism

Old`-maid"ism noun
Definitions
  1. The condition or characteristics of an old maid. G. Eliot.
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old-man-of-the-woods

  • noun edible mild-tasting mushroom found in coniferous woodlands of eastern North America
    Strobilomyces floccopus.
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old-time

  • adjective satellite attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
    quaint; olde worlde.
    • houses with quaint thatched roofs
    • a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots
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old-timer

  • noun an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    old stager; warhorse; veteran; oldtimer; old hand; stager.
  • noun an elderly man
    old geezer; antique; gaffer; oldtimer.
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old-womanish

  • adjective satellite primly fastidious
    old-maidish.
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Old`-wom`an*ish adjective
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  1. Like an old woman; anile. -- Old`-wom"an*ish*ness, n.
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old-world

  • adjective satellite characteristic of former times especially in Europe
    • an old-world cottage
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one-year-old

  • adjective satellite one year of age
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The old masters

  • distinguished painters who preceded modern painters; especially, the celebrated painters of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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three year old

  • noun a racehorse that is three years old
    three year old.
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three-year-old

  • adjective satellite three years of age
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three-year-old horse

  • noun a racehorse that is three years old
    three year old.
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two year old

  • noun a racehorse that is two years old
    two year old.
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two-year-old

  • adjective satellite two years of age
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two-year-old horse

  • noun a racehorse that is two years old
    two year old.
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