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buskin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buskin  \Bus"kin\,  n.  [Prob.  from  OF  brossequin  or  D.  broosken 
  See  {Brodekin}.] 
  1.  A  strong,  protecting  covering  for  the  foot,  coming  some 
  distance  up  the  leg. 
 
  The  hunted  red  deer's  undressed  hide  Their  hairy 
  buskins  well  supplied.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  A  similar  covering  for  the  foot  and  leg,  made  with  very 
  thick  soles,  to  give  an  appearance  of  elevation  to  the 
  stature;  --  worn  by  tragic  actors  in  ancient  Greece  and 
  Rome.  Used  as  a  symbol  of  tragedy,  or  the  tragic  drama,  as 
  distinguished  from  comedy. 
 
  Great  Fletcher  never  treads  in  buskins  here  No 
  greater  Jonson  dares  in  socks  appear.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  buskin 
  n  :  a  boot  reaching  halfway  up  to  the  knee  [syn:  {chukka  boot}, 
  {combat  boot},  {desert  boot},  {half  boot},  {top  boot}] 




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