Swart star
Swart Swart, a. [OE. swart, AS. sweart black; akin to OFries, OS. & LG. swart, D. zwart, G. schwartz, OHG. swarz, Icel. svarir, Sw. svart, Dan. sort, Goth. swarts; cf. L. sordes dirt, sordere to be dirty. Cf. {Sordid}, {Surd}.] 1. Of a dark hue; moderately black; swarthy; tawny. ``Swart attendants.'' --Trench. ``Swart savage maids.'' --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

A nation strange, with visage swart. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Gloomy; malignant. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Swart star}, the Dog Star; -- so called from its appearing during the hot weather of summer, which makes swart the countenance. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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