AEthusa Cynapium
Fool Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.] 1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural. [1913 Webster]

2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt. [1913 Webster]

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person. [1913 Webster]

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. --Ps. xiv. 1. [1913 Webster]

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments. [1913 Webster]

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{April fool}, {Court fool}, etc. See under {April}, {Court}, etc.

{Fool's cap}, a cap or hood to which bells were usually attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.

{Fool's errand}, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure or undertaking.

{Fool's gold}, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in color.

{Fool's paradise}, a name applied to a limbo (see under {Limbo}) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain self-satistaction.

{Fool's parsley} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant ({[AE]thusa Cynapium}) resembling parsley, but nauseous and poisonous.

{To make a fool of}, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to shame. [Colloq.]

{To play the fool}, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish part. ``I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.'' --1 Sam. xxvi. 21. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Aethusa cynapium — Petite ciguë Pour les articles homonymes, voir Ciguë …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aethusa cynapium — Hundspetersilie Hundspetersilie (Aethusa cynapium), Illustration Systematik Unterklasse: Asternähnliche (Asterid …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aethusa cynapium — nuodingoji šunpetrė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Salierinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Aethusa cynapium), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aethusa cynapium angl. fool s parsley šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Aethusa cynapium — ID 1478 Symbol Key AECY2 Common Name fool s parsley Family Apiaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Introduced to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, CT, DE, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI, WV… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Aethusa cynapium — noun European weed naturalized in America that resembles parsley but causes nausea and poisoning when eaten • Syn: ↑fool s parsley, ↑lesser hemlock • Hypernyms: ↑poisonous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑Aethusa, ↑genus Aethusa …   Useful english dictionary

  • Aethusa cynapium L. — Aethusa cynapium L., Hundspetersilie oder Gleiße ist ein in Gärten häufig vorkommendes giftiges Unkraut, welches oft für die ächte Petersilie genommen wird. Uebrigens ist sie leicht von Petersilien zu unterscheiden; die geriebenen Blätter riechen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Aethusa cynapium L. — Symbol AECY2 Common Name fool s parsley Botanical Family Apiaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Aethusa — Aethusa …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aethusa —   Aethusa …   Wikipedia Español

  • Aethusa — cynapium …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”