Adam's flannel
Adam Ad"am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster]

2. (As a symbol) ``Original sin;'' human frailty. [1913 Webster]

And whipped the offending Adam out of him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Adam's ale}, water. [Coll.]

{Adam's apple}.

1. (Bot.) (a) A species of banana ({Musa paradisiaca}). It attains a height of twenty feet or more. --Paxton. (b) A species of lime ({Citris limetta}).

2. The projection formed by the thyroid cartilage in the neck. It is particularly prominent in males, and is so called from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit (an apple) sticking in the throat of our first parent.

{Adam's flannel} (Bot.), the mullein ({Verbascum thapsus}).

{Adam's needle} (Bot.), the popular name of a genus ({Yucca}) of liliaceous plants. [1913 Webster]


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  • Adam's flannel — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adam's flannel — noun Usage: usually capitalized A Etymology: so called from the texture of the leaves : mullein * * * Adam s flannel noun Mullein • • • Main Entry: ↑Adam * * * Adam s Flannel Herb. The Great Mullein (V …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adam's ale — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam's apple — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam's needle — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flannel — Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam — Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s ale} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canton flannel — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton flannel — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flanellette — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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