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Meaning of HESSIAN

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot
 

HESSIAN is a 7 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: Hessian boot, jackboot, Wellington, Wellington boot
 
 See Also: boot

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Hes"sian\, a.
    Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.
    
    {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in
       England, in the early part of the nineteenth century,
       tasseled in front. --Thackeray.
    
    {Hessian cloth}, or {Hessians}, a coarse hempen cloth for
       sacking.
    
    {Hessian crucible}. See under {Crucible}.
    
    {Hessian fly} (Zo["o]l.), a small dipterous fly or midge
       ({Cecidomyia destructor}). Its larv[ae] live between the
       base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are
       very destructive to young wheat; -- so called from the
       erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the
       Hessian troops, during the Revolution.
    
    
  2. \Hes"sian\, n.
    1. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.
    
    2. A mercenary or venal person. [U. S.]
    
    Note: This use is a relic of the patriot hatred of the
          Hessian mercenaries who served with the British troops
          in the Revolutionary War.
    
    3. pl. See {Hessian boots} and cloth, under {Hessian}, a.
    
    
 

 

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