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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Itch  \Itch\,  n. 
  1.  (Med.)  An  eruption  of  small  isolated,  acuminated 
  vesicles,  produced  by  the  entrance  of  a  parasitic  mite 
  (the  {Sarcoptes  scabei}),  and  attended  with  itching.  It  is 
  transmissible  by  contact 
 
  2.  Any  itching  eruption. 
 
  3.  A  sensation  in  the  skin  occasioned  (or  resembling  that 
  occasioned)  by  the  itch  eruption;  --  called  also 
  {scabies},  {psora},  etc 
 
  4.  A  constant  irritating  desire. 
 
  An  itch  of  being  thought  a  divine  king.  --Dryden. 
 
  {Baker's  itch}.  See  under  {Baker}. 
 
  {Barber's  itch},  sycosis. 
 
  {Bricklayer's  itch},  an  eczema  of  the  hands  attended  with 
  much  itching,  occurring  among  bricklayers. 
 
  {Grocer's  itch},  an  itching  eruption,  being  a  variety  of 
  eczema,  produced  by  the  sugar  mite  ({Tyrogluphus 
  sacchari}). 
 
  {Itch  insect}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  parasitic  mite  ({Sarcoptes 
  scabei})  which  burrows  and  breeds  beneath  the  human  skin, 
  thus  causing  the  disease  known  as  the  itch.  See  Illust.  in 
  Append. 
 
  {Itch  mite}.  (Zo["o]l.)  Same  as  {Itch  insect},  above.  Also 
  other  similar  mites  affecting  the  lower  animals,  as  the 
  horse  and  ox 
 
  {Sugar  baker's  itch},  a  variety  of  eczema,  due  to  the  action 
  of  sugar  upon  the  skin. 
 
  {Washerwoman's  itch},  eczema  of  the  hands  and  arms,  occurring 
  among  washerwomen. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Itch  \Itch\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Itched};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Itching}.]  [OE.  icchen  ?icchen,  AS  giccan  akin  to  D. 
  jeuken  joken,  G.  jucken,  OHG.  jucchen.] 
  1.  To  have  an  uneasy  sensation  in  the  skin,  which  inclines 
  the  person  to  scratch  the  part  affected. 
 
  My  mouth  hath  itched  all  this  long  day  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  have  a  constant  desire  or  teasing  uneasiness;  to  long 
  for  as  itching  ears.  ``An  itching  palm.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  itch 
  n  1:  a  contagious  skin  infection  caused  by  the  itch  mite 
  (Sarcoptes  scaboi);  characterized  by  persistent  itching 
  and  skin  irritation;  "he  has  a  bad  case  of  the  itch" 
  [syn:  {scabies}] 
  2:  a  strong  restless  desire;  "why  this  urge  to  travel?"  [syn:  {urge}] 
  3:  an  irritating  cutaneous  sensation  that  produces  a  desire  to 
  scratch  [syn:  {itching}] 
  v  1:  scrape  or  rub  as  if  to  relieve  itching  [syn:  {rub},  {scratch}] 
  2:  have  or  perceive  an  itch 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ITCH,  n.  The  patriotism  of  a  Scotchman. 
 
 
  J 
 
 
  J  is  a  consonant  in  English,  but  some  nations  use  it  as  a  vowel  -- 
  than  which  nothing  could  be  more  absurd.  Its  original  form  which  has 
  been  but  slightly  modified,  was  that  of  the  tail  of  a  subdued  dog,  and 
  it  was  not  a  letter  but  a  character,  standing  for  a  Latin  verb 
  _jacere_,  "to  throw,"  because  when  a  stone  is  thrown  at  a  dog  the 
  dog's  tail  assumes  that  shape.  This  is  the  origin  of  the  letter,  as 
  expounded  by  the  renowned  Dr  Jocolpus  Bumer,  of  the  University  of 
  Belgrade,  who  established  his  conclusions  on  the  subject  in  a  work  of 
  three  quarto  volumes  and  committed  suicide  on  being  reminded  that  the 
  j  in  the  Roman  alphabet  had  originally  no  curl. 
 
 




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