Glossary of Terms
AuguryA prediction or foreshadowing of the future.
BarkTo cover as with a bark.
BeaverThe part of the military helmet that hinged down to cover the face.
Bisson rheumBlinding tears.
BodkinA dagger (or large needle); also, "body," as in, "God's bodkin."
Cap-a-peHead to foot.
CellarageThe space below the stage accessible by trapdoor used primarily for exits and entrances.
CerementA pall or burial garment in which a corpse is placed.
CharacterOne's personality or deportment; secondarily, "character" can refer to one's handwriting.
ChopineA shoe with a tall heel made of cork.
CountenanceN. A face; V. To condone.
Cum aliisWith others.
DaneKing of Denmark.
DucatA gold currency.
ExcrementsAny excrescences (things that grow out of the human body, like hair, nails, etc.).
FardelsBurdens or packs.
GroundlingsThe lowest of Elizabethan theatergoers; they paid a low price to stand in front of the stage.
GulesRed, according to heraldic terminology.
HarrowTo fill with fear or worry.
HaviourFacial expression or demeanor.
HerodThe Biblical king, foe of Jesus; represented frequently in medieval mystery plays as a loud and overbearing despot.
Hic et ubiqueHere and everywhere.
Hoodman-bluffBlind man's bluff; a game for children.
HymenGod of marriage.
HyperionThe god of the sun.
IllumeTo illuminate, make light.
LardTo garnish, embellish.
LetheAccording to Ancient tradition, the river of forgetfulness in Hades.
LimedStuck as if to sticky paper (as in, stuck to birdlime).
Miching mallechoA sneakily performed crime.
MilchMilky, sympathetic, lachrymose.
MoietyHalf a share.
MoteA speck of dust.
Nemean lionThe great beast slain by Hercules as one of his labors.
NeroThe infamous Roman tyrant.
O'ercrowTo announce triumphantly, like a rooster.
PoleThe Northern Star.
RepairTo go, make one's way.
RosciusThe most famous ancient Roman actor.
SplenativeHigh-strung, quick-tempered; literally, having too much "spleen."
StoupA flagon, cup.
TellusThe Roman goddess of the earth.
TermagentAn angry demon represented in many medieval mystery plays.
TetterA scabrous covering.
UnaneledWithout having received extreme unction, as part of the Catholic last rites.
UnhouseledWithout having been cleansed by sacrament.
VentagesFinger holes in a wind instrument.
VolleyA military salute given by firing off a group of rifles.
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