Wound gall
Wound Wound (?; 277), n. [OE. wounde, wunde, AS. wund; akin to OFries. wunde, OS. wunda, D. wonde, OHG. wunta, G. wunde, Icel. und, and to AS., OS., & G. wund sore, wounded, OHG. wunt, Goth. wunds, and perhaps also to Goth. winnan to suffer, E. win. [root]140. Cf. Zounds.] [1913 Webster] 1. A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab, rent, or the like. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Showers of blood Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Criminal Law) An injury to the person by which the skin is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion of the body, involving some solution of continuity. [1913 Webster]

Note: Walker condemns the pronunciation woond as a ``capricious novelty.'' It is certainly opposed to an important principle of our language, namely, that the Old English long sound written ou, and pronounced like French ou or modern English oo, has regularly changed, when accented, into the diphthongal sound usually written with the same letters ou in modern English, as in ground, hound, round, sound. The use of ou in Old English to represent the sound of modern English oo was borrowed from the French, and replaced the older and Anglo-Saxon spelling with u. It makes no difference whether the word was taken from the French or not, provided it is old enough in English to have suffered this change to what is now the common sound of ou; but words taken from the French at a later time, or influenced by French, may have the French sound. [1913 Webster]

{Wound gall} (Zo["o]l.), an elongated swollen or tuberous gall on the branches of the grapevine, caused by a small reddish brown weevil ({Ampeloglypter sesostris}) whose larv[ae] inhabit the galls. [1913 Webster]


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  • wound gall — noun : an elongated swollen or tuberous gall on the branches of the grapevine caused by a vine borer (Ampeloglypter sesostris) whose larvae inhabit the galls …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wound — (?; 277), n. [OE. wounde, wunde, AS. wund; akin to OFries. wunde, OS. wunda, D. wonde, OHG. wunta, G. wunde, Icel. und, and to AS., OS., & G. wund sore, wounded, OHG. wunt, Goth. wunds, and perhaps also to Goth. winnan to suffer, E. win.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gall — Gall, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Galled} (g[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Galling}.] [OE. gallen; cf. F. galer to scratch, rub, gale scurf, scab, G. galle a disease in horses feet, an excrescence under the tongue of horses; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Gall}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gall — Gall, n. A wound in the skin made by rubbing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gall — Synonyms and related words: ablate, abrade, abrase, abrasion, acerbity, acid, acidity, acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, afflict, affliction, aggravate, aggravation, agonize, ail, anger, animosity, annoy, annoyance, arouse, arrogance …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gall — 1. noun /ɡɔːl/ a) The gall bladder. He shall flee from the iron weapon and the bow of steel shall strike him through. It is drawn and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall. b) A bump like imperfection resembling …   Wiktionary

  • wound — Synonyms and related words: abrade, abrasion, abscess, abuse, ache, aching, afflict, affront, aggrieve, agonize, ail, anguish, aposteme, barb the dart, bark, bed sore, befoul, bewitch, bite, blain, bleb, blemish, blight, blister, bloody, blow,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wound — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. injury, hurt; painfulness. v. t. injure, hurt, lame, cripple; pain; shoot, stab, cut, lacerate, tear, wing; insult, offend, gall, mortify. See deterioration, resentment. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn.… …   English dictionary for students

  • gall — gɔːl n. bile; bitterness, rancor; impudence, cheek v. hurt, wound; make bitter; cause pain; offend …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wound — I. n. 1. Hurt, injury (for example, a cut, stab, bruise, etc.). 2. Injury, hurt, damage, detriment, harm. 3. Pain (of the mind or feelings), pang, torture, grief, anguish. II. v. a. 1. Hurt, injure, damage, harm (with some weapon or such agency) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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