Ecbole
Ecbole Ec"bo*le ([e^]k"b[-o]*l[=e]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'ekbolh` a throwing out, a digression, fr. 'ekba`llein to throw out; 'ek out of + ba`llein to throw.] (Rhet.) A digression in which a person is introduced speaking his own words. [1913 Webster]

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  • Ecballium — Ec*bal li*um, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See {Ecbole}.] (Bot.) A genus of cucurbitaceous plants consisting of the single species Ecballium agreste (or Elaterium), the squirting cucumber. Its fruit, when ripe, bursts and violently ejects its seeds,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ecbolic — Ec*bol ic, n. [See {Ecbole}.] (Med.) A drug, as ergot, which by exciting uterine contractions promotes the expulsion of the contents of the uterus. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • digression — n 1. maundering, descanting, being diffuse, being episodic, rhapsodizing, waxing long winded, circumlocution, going off on or at a tangent, beating around the bush; (all of writing or speaking) deviating, divagating, deflecting, diverging,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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