Quaker ladies
Quaker Quak"er, n. 1. One who quakes. [1913 Webster]

2. One of a religious sect founded by George {Fox}, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See {Friend}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]

Fox's teaching was primarily a preaching of repentance . . . The trembling among the listening crowd caused or confirmed the name of Quakers given to the body; men and women sometimes fell down and lay struggling as if for life. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The nankeen bird. (b) The sooty albatross. (c) Any grasshopper or locust of the genus {Edipoda}; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight. [1913 Webster]

{Quaker buttons}. (Bot.) See {Nux vomica}.

{Quaker gun}, a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; -- so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.

{Quaker ladies} (Bot.), a low American biennial plant ({Houstonia c[ae]rulea}), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; -- also called {bluets}, and {little innocents}. [1913 Webster]


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  • quaker-ladies — noun plural Date: 1871 bluets …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Quaker-ladies — /kway keuhr lay deez/, n. (used with a pl. v.) bluet (def. 1). [1870 75, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Quaker-ladies — Quak′er la dies n. pl. la•dies pln (used with a sing. or pl. v.) bluet 1) • Etymology: 1870–75, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • quaker-ladies — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun plural Usage: often capitalized Q : bluets * * * /kway keuhr lay deez/, n. (used with a pl. v.) bluet (def. 1). [1870 75, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Quaker — Quak er, n. 1. One who quakes. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a religious sect founded by George {Fox}, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quaker buttons — Quaker Quak er, n. 1. One who quakes. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a religious sect founded by George {Fox}, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quaker gun — Quaker Quak er, n. 1. One who quakes. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a religious sect founded by George {Fox}, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bluets — Quaker Quak er, n. 1. One who quakes. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a religious sect founded by George {Fox}, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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