Friday, July 29, 2005

We're getting our Chan Dictionary out for Castle in the Desert, for our Monday Night Chat (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], the movie starting at 8:30). We have several entries so here goes:

BORGIA FAMILY: Renaissance Italians who were ruthless in their ambition. Cesare Borgia's acknowledged father, Pope Alexander VI, appointed him cardinal. He was Machiavelli's model for his "Ideal Statesman" and employed Leonardo da Vinci to invent war machines for him. Lucreza was his sister.

ALCHEMIST: One who was versed in the practice of alchemy, a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.

APOTHECARY: A place that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines.

GIVES OUT (slang): Dispensing of information.
("Same old Charlie, he never 'gives out.")

INSOMNIAC: One who suffers from insomnia, the inability to sleep.

ISIS: The principal goddess worshipped by the Egyptians. She was regarded as the mother of Horus, and the sister and wife of Osiris. The Egyptians adored her as the goddess of fecundity (or fertility), and as the great benefactress of their country, who instructed their ancestors in the art of agriculture.
(Madame Saturnia: "The finger of 'Isis' has never touched this house")

NIGHTSHADE: (1) Any of several plants of the genus "solanum," such as the bitter sweet nightshade, most of which have a poisonous juice.
(2) Any of various similar or related plants, such as belladonna.

RUBBER: (1) A series of games of which two out of three or three out of five must be won to terminate the play.
(2) An odd game to break a tie.

SPANISH WAR (also "Spanish Revolution," "Spanish Civil War"): A war in Spain between the years 1936 and 1939. The fascists, led by Generalissimo Franco, eventually prevailed due to the military assistance provided by Germany.

TAGARA (Sanskrit): A slightly hairy, tufted herb with thick horizontal rootstocks that contains a sweet smelling essential oil. Tagara (Indian valerian) is prescribed as a remedy for hysteria, hypocondria, nervous upset, and emotional troubles. The drug contains a group of iridoid or monoterpenic derivatives, known as tranquilizers and sedatives. AN iridod ester glycoside designated as valerosidatum (isovaleryl glucoyide) has also been isolated.

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