Hessian boots
Hessian Hes"sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster]

{Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. --Thackeray.

{Hessian cloth}, or {Hessians}, a coarse hempen cloth for sacking.

{Hessian crucible}. See under {Crucible}.

{Hessian fly} (Zo["o]l.), a small dipterous fly or midge ({Cecidomyia destructor}). Its larv[ae] live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; -- so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Hessian boots — n. knee high, tasseled boots, introduced into England by Hessian troops in the 19th cent …   English World dictionary

  • Hessian boots — knee high tasseled boots, fashionable in England in the early 19th century. [1800 10] * * * Hessian boots, high boots with tassels, reaching a little below the knee. They were introduced by the Hessians, and were popular in England during the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hessian boots — knee high tasseled boots, fashionable in England in the early 19th century. [1800 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Hessian (boot) — Hessian (from Hesse in Germany) refers to a style of boot that became popular in the 18th century. Initially used as standard issue footwear for the military, especially officers, it would become widely worn by civilians as well. The boots had a… …   Wikipedia

  • Hessian — Hes sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray. {Hessian cloth}, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hessian cloth — Hessian Hes sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray. {Hessian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hessian crucible — Hessian Hes sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray. {Hessian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hessian fly — Hessian Hes sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray. {Hessian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hessian — Hes sian, n. 1. A native or inhabitant of Hesse. [1913 Webster] 2. A mercenary or venal person. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] Note: This use is a relic of the patriot hatred of the Hessian mercenaries who served with the British troops in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hessian — boots (kneehigh and tasseled); hessian fly (insect feeding on grass and wheat stems) …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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