Hessians
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]


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