What is BEZOAR?
A hardened mass formed in the digestive tract of an animal
A mountain in the wilderness where the ancient Israelites camped
A resin secreted by trees in Arabia, used in perfume
A mythical dragonet whose gaze turns others to stone
What is DOODLESACK?
A bag for yarn, crochet hooks, and other craft supplies
The flap of skin that hangs down from a turkey's neck
A money bag
What is MARLINSPIKE?
A conical instrument used in splicing rope
A gaffe used in deep-sea fishing for hooking the catch
A metal spur used in cock-fighting
What is PESSARY?
A cousin of the pig native to the Southwest
An internal drug-delivery device similar to a suppository
A coin minted in British India
A small ostrich
What is SCRIP?
Candle wax that must be scraped out of the socket of the candlestick
The tip of a quill pen
Counters used to pay workers in place of legal tender
A crib sheet to help actors memorize their lines
What is THURIBLE?
An American humorist
A vestment worn by Catholic priests
A device used for measuring mileage by dropping pebbles in a closed box
An incense pot
What is TROCHEE?
A tropical bird with scarlet plumage
A pot holding clarified butter (ghee) in a Hindu temple
An injury to the throat
A metrical unit of two syllables where the accent falls on the first syllable
What is WHISTLEPIG?
A musical instrument
A large ground squirrel
A measure of ale
The boatswain's mate who pipes dignitaries aboard ship
1. A Bezoar is hardened mass formed in the digestive tract of an animal (once thought to be antidote to poison).
2. A Doodlesack is a bagpipe (cf. German Dudelsack.)
3. A Marlinspike is a conical instrument used in splicing rope (also known as a Fid).
4. A Pessary is an internal drug-delivery device similar to a suppository.
5. Scrip consists of counters used to pay workers in place of legal tender. Soldiers serving overseas and coal miners used to be paid in scrip.
6. A Thurible is an incense pot, suspended by chains, and carried in religious procession by a person known as a thurifer.
7. A Trochee is a metrical unit of two syllables where the accent falls on the first syllable, the opposite of an iamb (e.g., "ALL things BRIGHT and BEAU-ti FUL, all CREA-tures GREAT and SMALL---- is trochaic, whereas "The SPLEN-dor FALLS on CAST-le WALLS" is iambic).
8. A Whistlepig is a large ground squirrel, otherwise known as a Groundhog or Woodchuck.