Greek calends
Greek Greek, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. {Grecian}.] Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian. [1913 Webster]

{Greek calends}. See under {Greek calends} in the vocabulary.

{Greek Church} (Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern Church; that part of Christendom which separated from the Roman or Western Church in the ninth century. It comprises the great bulk of the Christian population of Russia (of which this is the established church), Greece, Moldavia, and Wallachia. The Greek Church is governed by patriarchs and is called also the {Byzantine Church}.

{Greek cross}. See Illust. (10) Of {Cross}.

{Greek Empire}. See {Byzantine Empire}.

{Greek fire}, a combustible composition which burns under water, the constituents of which are supposed to be asphalt, with niter and sulphur. --Ure.

{Greek rose}, the flower campion. [1913 Webster]


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  • Greek calends — or Greek kalends Greek kalends A time that will never come, as the Greeks had no calends. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • greek calends — noun plural or greek kalends Usage: usually capitalized G Etymology: translation of Latin kalendas graecas (in ad kalendas graecas solvere to go without paying, literally, to pay at the Greek calends); from the fact that the Greeks did not reckon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Greek calends — a point or time that does not or will not exist: She will do it on the Greek calends. Also, Greek kalends. * * * …   Universalium

  • Greek calends — Greek kalends or calends A metaphorical expression for a time never likely to arrive, inasmuch as the Greeks had no calends …   Black's law dictionary

  • Greek calends — Greek kalends or calends A metaphorical expression for a time never likely to arrive, inasmuch as the Greeks had no calends …   Black's law dictionary

  • The Greek calends — Calends Cal ends, n. pl. [OE. kalendes month, calends, AS. calend month, fr. L. calendae; akin to calare to call, proclaim, Gr. ??????. CF. {Claim}.] The first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar. [Written also {kalends}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the Greek calends — Never (the Greeks having no calends) • • • Main Entry: ↑Greek …   Useful english dictionary

  • the Greek Calends —    never    The Romans were meant to settle their taxes and other accounts on the Calends, or first day, of each month, but the Greek calendar had no Calends:     The emergence of chaos in Germany ... would put off the pacification of Europe to… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Greek kalends — Greek calends Greek calends or Greek kalends Greek kalends A time that will never come, as the Greeks had no calends. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greek — Greek, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. {Grecian}.] Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian. [1913 Webster] {Greek calends}. See under {Greek calends} in the vocabulary. {Greek Church} (Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern Church; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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