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without interruption, and at which all the people Ossian (vol. ii. p. 9, &c.) whenever the feast of of Gaul, and even all strangers who passed shells is prepared, the songs of bards arise. through that country, were made welcome. At The voice of sprightly mirth is heard. The these feasts they sometimes consulted about the trembling harps of joy are strung. They sing most important affairs of state, and formed reso the battles of heroes, or the heaving breasts of lutions relating to peace and war; imagining love.'. Some of the poems of that illustrious that men spoke their real sentiments with the British bard appear to have been composed in greatest freedom, and were apt to form the order to be sung by the hundred bards of Fingal, boldest designs, when their spirits were exhila- at the feast of Selma. See vol. i. p 87, 209. rated with the pleasures of the table. The con- Many of the songs of the bards, which were sung versation at these entertainments, very frequently and played at the feast of the ancient Britons, turned on the great exploits which the guests were of a grave and solemn strain, celebrating themselves or their ancestors had performed in the brave actions of the guests, or of the heroes war ; which sometimes occasioned quarrels and of other times; but these were sometimes intereven bloodshed. was at a feast that the two mixed with sprightly and cheerful airs, to which illustrious British princes, Carbar and Oscar, the youth of both sexes danced. quarrelled abouċ their own bravery and that of On the subject of Anglo-Saxon feasting, Mr. their ancestors, and fell by mutual wounds, Turner supplies us with a full quota of infor(Ossian, vol. ii. p. 8, &c). As to the drink used mation. at those feasts, particularly in Britain, it seems *They boiled, baked, and broiled their vicprobable, that before the introduction of agricul- tuals,' he says. “We read of their meat dressed in ture into the island, mead, or honey diluted with a boiling vessel, of their fish having been broiled, water, was the only strong liquor known to its and of an oven heated for baking loaves. The inhabitants, as it was to many other ancient na- term abacan is also applied to meat. In the tions in the same circumstances. This continued rule of St. Benedict, two sanda, or dishes of sodto be a favorite beverage among the ancient den syflian, or soupe bouillie, are mentioned. Britons and their posterity long after they had Bede mentions a goose that hung on the wall become acquainted with other liquors. See taken down to be boiled. The word seathan, to Mead. After the introduction of agriculture, boil, deserves notice, because the noun seath, ale or beer became the most general drink of all from which it is derivable, implies a pit. As the British nations who practised that art, as it we read in the South Sea islands of the natives had long been of all the ltic people on the dressing their victuals in pits lined with continent. See Ale. If the Phænicians or stones, the expression may have been originally Greeks imported any wine into Britain, it was derived from a similar practice. A cook appears only in very small quantities; that liquor being as an appendix to every monastery, and it was a very little known in this island before it was character important enough to be inserted in the conquered by the Romans. The drinking vessels laws. In the cloisters it was a male office; else of the Gauls, Britons, and other Celtic nations where it was chiefly assumed by the female sex. were, for the most part, made of the horns of In the dialogue already cited, the cook says, 'If oxen and other animals ; but those of the Cale- you expel me from your society, you would eat donians consisted of large shells, which are still your herbs green, and your filesh raw.' He is used by some of their posterity in the Highlands answered, 'We can ourselves seethe what is to of Scotland. The dishes in which the meat was be seethed, and broil what things are to be served were either of wood or earthenware, broiled.' They seem to have attended to cookery or a kind of baskets made of osiers. These last not merely as a matter of taste, but of indispenwere most used by the Britons, as they very sable decorum. It was one of their regulations, much excelled in the art of making them both that if a person eat any thing half dressed, ignofor their own use and for exportation. The rantly, he should fast three days; if knowingly, guests sat in a circle upon the ground, with a four days. Perhaps as the uncivilised Northmen little hay, grass, or the skin of some animal under were, in their pagan state, addicted to eat raw them. A low table or stool was set before each flesh, the clergy of the Anglo-Saxons were anxiperson, with the portion of meat alloited to him ous to keep their improved countrymen from reupon it

. In this distribution, they never neg- lapsing into such barbarous customs. lected to set the largest and best pieces before In the drawings which accompany some those who were most distinguished for their Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, we have some delinerank, their exploits, or their riches. Every ation of their customs at table. In one drawing guest took the meat set before him in his hands, a party is at table, seated with the females by the and, tearing it with his teeth, fed upon it in the side of the men in this order: a man, a lady, a hest manner he could. If any one found diffi- man, a lady, two men, and another lady. The culty in separating any part of his meat with his first two are looking towards each other, as if hands and teeth, he made use of a large knife, talking together; the three in the middle are enthat lay in a particular place for the benefit of the gaged with each other, and so are the two last; whole company. Servants, or young boys and each have a cup or born in their hand. The tagirls, the children of the family, stood behind the ble is oblong, and covered with a table-cloth guests ready to help them to drink or any thing that hangs low down from the table; a knife, a they wanted. As the ancient Britons greatly horn, a bowl, a dish, and some loaves appear. excelled and very much delighted in music, all The men are uncovered; the women have their their feasts were accompanied with the joys of usual head-dress. In another drawing, the table song, and the music of harps In the words of is a sharp oval, also covered with an ample

up

cloth; upon it, besides a knife and a spoon, abbot, for taking away three of the thirteen there are a bowl, with a fish, some loaves of dishes they used to have every day at dinner bread, and two other dishes. Some part of the The monks of Canterbury were still more luxuricostume is more like the manners of Homer's ous: for they had at least seventeen dishes every heroes than of modern times. At the angles of day dressed with spiceries and sauces, besides a the tables two attendants are upon their knees, dessert. Great men had many kinds of provisions with a dish in one hand, and each holding up a at their tables, not now to be found in Britain. spit with the other, from which the persons When Henry II. entertained his court, the great feasting are about to cut something. One of officers of his army, and the kings and great men these persons, to whom the servants minister of Ireland, in Dublin, at the Christmas feast of with so much respect, is holding a whole fish A. V. 1171, the Irish princes and chieftains were with one hand, and a knife in the other. quite astonished at the profusion and variety of

• In the drawing which accompanies Lot feast- food which they beheld, and were with difficulty ing the angels, the table is oblong, rounded at prevailed upon by Henry to eat the Aesh of the ends, and covered with a cloth. Upon it is crares. In the remaining monuments of this a bowl, with an animal's head like a pig's; ano- period, we meet with the names of several dishes, ther bowl is full of some round things like apples. as dellegrout, maupigyrnun, karumpie, &c., the These, with loaves, or cakes of bread, seem to composition of which is now unknown. The constitute the repast. There are two horns upon coronation feast of Edward III. cost at that pethe table, and one of the angels has a knife. "As riod £2835. 18s. 2d. At the installation of no forks appear in any of the plates, and are not Ralph abbot of St. Augustine, Canterbury, A.D. mentioned elsewhere, we may presume that our 1309, 6000 guests were entertained with a dinner ancestors used their hands instead. There is one consisting of 3000 dishes, which cost £287. 58. drawing of men killing and dressing meat. One 'It would require a long treatise (says Matthew man is holding a sheep by his horns, while a lad Paris) to describe the astonishing splendor, magstrikes at its neck with an axe; behind him is a nificence and festivity, with which the nuptials young man severing an animal's head from his of Richard earl of Cornwall, and Cincia daughter body with an axe. Another has put a long of Riemund earl of Provence, were celebrated at stick, with a look attached to it, into a caldron, London, A. D. 1243. We are told that above as if to pull up meat. The caldron is upon a 30,000 dishes were served up at the marriage trivet of four legs as high as the servant's knee, dinner.' The nuptials of Alexander III. of within which the fire is made, and blazing up to Scotland, and the princess Margaret of England, the caldron.'

were solemnised at York, A. D. 1251, with still It has been observed by some authors that no greater pomp and profusion. If I attempted nation comes near the English in the magnificence (says M. Paris) to display all the grandeur of of their public entertainments. Our coronation this solemnity,—the numbers of the noble and and instalment feasts, our civic charitable dinners, illustrious guests,—the richness and variety of transcend the belief of foreigners; and yet it the dresses,—the sumptuousness of the feasts, quay be doubted whether those now given are the multitudes of the minstrels, mimics, and comparable to the feasts of former ages. William Others whose business it was to amuse and divert the Conqueror, after he was peaceably settled on the company, those of my readers who were not the throne of England, sent agents into different present would imagine that I was imposing upon countries, to collect the most admired and rare their credulity. The following particular will dishes for his table; by which means, says John enable them to form a judgment of the whole. of Salisbury, this island, which is naturally pro- The archbishop of York made the king of Engductive of plenty and variety of provisions, was land a present of sixty fat oxen, which made only perilowed with every thing that could inrlame a one article of provision for the marriage feast, luxurious appetite. The same writer tells us, and were all consumed at that entertainment. that he was present at an entertainment which The marriage feast of Henry IV. and his queen lasted from 3 P. M. to midnight ; at which deli- Jane of Navarre, consisted of six courses; three cacies were served up, which had been brought of flesh and fowls, and three of fish. All these from Constantinople, Babylon, Alexandria, Pa- courses were accompanied and adorned with lestine, Tripoli, Syria, and Phænicia. These subtleties, as they were called.

These were delicacies were doubtless very expensive. Tho- figures in pastry, of men, women, beasts, birds, mas a Becket (says his historian Fitz-Stephen), &c., placed on the table, to be admired, but not zave £5, equivalent perhaps to £50 at present, touched. Each figure had a label affixed to it; for one dish of eels. The sumptuous entertain- containing some wise or witty saying, suited to ments which the kings of England gave to their the occasion. The installation feast of George nobles and prelates, at the festivals of Christmas, Neville, archbishop of York and chancellor of Easter, and Whitsuntide, in which they spent á England, exceeded most others in our history in great part of their revenues, contributed very splendor and expense, and in the number and much to diffuse a taste for profuse and expensive quality of the guests. The reader may form banqueting. It was natural for a proud and some idea of this enormous feast from the followwealthy baron to imitate in his own castle the ing list of provisions prepared for it. “In wheat, Eftertainments he had seen in the palace of his quarters, 300; in ale, tuns, 300; in wine, tuns, prince. Many of the clergy too, both secular and 100; in ipocrasse, pipes, 1; in oxen, 104; in regular, being very rich, kept excellent tables. wild bulls, 6; in swanns, 400; in geese, 2000; The monks of St. Świthins, at Winchester, made in cappons, 1000 ; in pigs, 2000; in plovers, a forrnal complaint to Henry II. against their 400; in quailes, 1200; in fowls called rees,

2000;

2400; in peacocks, 104; in mallards and teales, kings salt of state and cadinet on the table, with 4000 ; in cranes, 204; in kids, 204 ; in chickens, another cadinet for the queen.

in pigeons, 2000; in connies, 4000; in Besides the royal table, which is at the upper bittors, 204; in heronshaws, 400; in pheasants, end of the hall on the raised floor, there are usu200; in partridges, 500; in woodcocks, 400; in ally tables along each side of the hall. The first curliews, 100; in egritis, 1000 ; in stags, bucks, on the west side is for the dukes of Normandy and roes, 500 and more; in pastries of venisou, and Aquitain, the great officers, the dukes, duchcold, 4000"; in parted dishes of jellies, 1000; esses, marquisses, and marchionesses; the second in plain dishes of jellies, 3000; in cold tarts, of the same side for earls and viscounts, and their baked, 4000; in cold custards, baked, 3000; in ladies; the third for the barons and baronesses.The hot pasties of venison, 1500; in hot custards, first table on the east side of the hall is for the 2000; in pikes and breams, 308; in porpoises archbishops, bishops, barons of the cinque-ports, and seals, 12; spices, sugared delicates, and judges, the king's ancient sergeant, attorney and wafers, plenty.'

solicitor general; the second for the serjeants at One of the most expensive singularities at- law, masters in chancery, six clerks, lord mayor, tending the royal feasts in those days consisted aldermen, and twelve citizens of London; and in what they called intermeats. These were re- the third for the kings of arms, heralds, and purpresentations of battles, sieges, &c., introduced suivants. between the courses, for the amusement of the When the procession arrives at the hall, the guests. The French excelled in exhibitions of noble and illustrious persons who compose it are this kind. At a dinner given by Charles V. of conducted by officers of arms to their respective France to the emperor Charles IV., A D. 1378, tables, and the king and queen pass up the hall the following intermeat was exhibited :-A ship, and retire to the court of Wards, leaving the cawith ‘masts, sails, and rigging, was seen first: nopies which have been borne over them with she had for colors the arms of the city of Jeru- the barons of the cinque-ports, who retain thein salem: Godfrey of Bouillon appeared upon deck, as their fee. The heralds then retire to places accompanied by several knights armed cap-a- appointed for them, and the king's trumpeters pie: the ship advanced into the middle of the and musicians are stationed in a gallery at the hall without the machine which moved it being lower end of the hall. perceptible. Then the city of Jerusalem ap Dinner being ready, his majesty-with his peared, with all its towers lined with Saracens. crown on his head and his sceptre and orb in his The ship approached the city; the Christians hands, preceded by the lord great chamberlain, landed, and began the assault; the besieged made and the swords being borne before him—comes a good defence : several scaling ladders were out of the court of Wards, and seats himself in thrown down ; but at length the city was taken. his chair of state at the table. Immediately after, Intermeats, at ordinary banquets, consisted of the queen, when present, with her crown on her certain delicate dishes introduced between the head and the sceptre and ivory rod in her courses, and designed rather for gratifying the hands,-preceded by her chamberlain and foltaste than for satisfying hunger.

lowed by the ladies of the bedchamber,-comes We conclude with an account of the corona- through the court of Wards, and seats herself in tion feast still given by our kings, and which is her chair of state at the table, on the left hand of the most splendid relic of ancient English enter- the king. tainments known to modern times.

The First Course of hot meat is then served The great hall of Westminster is considered on up. The lords the sewers go to the dresser of the this occasion as the hall of his majesty's palace, kitchen, and the serjeant of the silver scullery where be entertains the nobility and the public calls for a dish of meat, wipes the bottom of the officers who have attended the coronation cere- dish, and also the cover, takes assay of it, and mony. The table at which their majesties are to covers it; and then it is conveyed to their madine is covered by the serjeant and gentlemen of jesties' table with a flourish of trumpets. This the ewry: and the officers of the pantry set course is attended by, Three great officers, in their robes of estate and their coronéts on their heads, mounted on goodly

horses; viz.
Earl Marshal, with Lord High Steward, with High Constable, with
his staff,
his white staff.

his staff. Six Serjeants at Arms, with their maces, &c. &c. Dinner being placed on the table oy the king's pours out the water upon the king's hands; and and queen's carvers and sewers, with their assist- the lord of the manor of Heydon in Essex (harants, the lord great chamberlain and his majesty's ing accompanied the cupbearer from the cupcup-bearer and his assistants go to the king's board) holds the towel to the king. The like cupboard ; and, having washed, the lord great ceremony is used with regard to her majesty's chamberlain-preceded by the usher of the black washing; after which the dean of the chapel rod, attended by the cupbearer, and followed by royal says grace, and their majesties sit down to his assistants before mentioned-brings up the dinner, as do likewise the peers, peeresses, and great basin and ewer for his majesty to wash: others at the tables below, upon which the king rises, and, having delivered On the king's right hand stand the noblemen the sceptre to the lord of the manor of Worksop, who carry the four swords, holding them naked and and the orb to one of the bishops, the cupbearer erected all dinner-time; nearer the king stand

the lords who hold the orb and sceptre: and on office with the manor of Scrirelsby in Lincolnhis left hand the lord great chamberlain. On the shire, enters the hall completely armed queen's left hand stand her chamberlain and

in guise vice-chamberlain, who bear her sceptre and ivory

Of warriors old, with orderea spear and shield, rod.

The Challenge. Before the second course is inounted upon a goodly horse richly caparisoned brought in, the king's champion, who holds that and attended as follows:

I'wo Trumpets, the Champion's arms on their banners.

The Serjeant Trumpeter, with his mace.

Two Serjeants at Arms, with their maces. The Champion's two Esquires, richly habited,—one on the right hand, with his ance carried up

right, the other on the left, with his target, the Champion's arms depicted thereon.

A Herald with a paper in his hand, containing the words of the Challenge.
The Earl Marshal in his The Champion on The Lord High Constable
robes and coronet, on horseback, with a in his robes and coronet,
horseback, with the staff

gauntlet in his on horseback, with his
in his hand.
right hand.

staff. Four pages richly apparelled, attendants on the Champion. The passage to their majesties' table being aloud in Latin, French, and English, in three cleared by the knight marshal, the herald with different parts of the hall. a loud voice proclaims the champion's challenge The Sccond Course is now carried up to their at the lower end of the hall, in the words fol- majesties' table by the gentlemen pensioners, lowing :

with the same solemnities as the former; and vaIf any person, of what degree soever, high or rious feudal services, by which property and low, shall deny or gainsay our sovereign lord manors are held, take place.

-, king of Great Britain aud Ireland, de Feasts, or Festivals, in a religious sense, fender of the faith, &c., son and next heir to our are ceremonies of feasting by way of thanksgivsovereign lord the last king deceased, to ing. Such feasts have made part of the religion be right heir to the imperial crown of this of almost all nations and sects; witness those of realm of Great Britain, or that he ought not to the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and enjoy the same; here is his champion, who saith Mahommedans. Among the Greeks the first rethat he lieth and is a false traitor, being ready in ligious feasts were celebrated in solemn assemperson to combat with him; and in this quarrel blies of the whole nation, on occasion of their will adventure his life against him, on what day games, as the Olympic, the Pythian, the Isthsoever he shall be appointed,

mian, and Nemæan : in process of time they The champion then throws down his gauntlet : had many others, the principal of which are which, having lain some small time, the herald enumerated in this work, under their respective takes up, and delivers it again to him. They names. The Romans had also abundance of then advance in the same order to the middle of stated feasts in honor of their deities and heroes; the hall, where the herald makes proclamation as such were the SATURNALIA, CEREALTA, LUPERbefore ; and lastly, to the foot of the steps, when calia, LIBERALIA, NEPTUNALIA, ConsuALIA, the said herald, and those who precede him, PortuMNALIA, VULCANALIA, PALHIA, Divagoing to the top of the steps, proclamation is LIA, &c. See these articles. They had also made a third time; at the end of which the feasts instituted occasionally; as CarmenTALIA, champion casts down his gauntlet, which being QUIRINALIA, TERMINALIA, FLORALIA, Compltaken up, and redelivered to him by the herald, Talia, LEMURIA, VERNALIA, besides other be makes a low obeisance to his majesty, where- moveable and occasional ones : as to give thanks upon the king's cupbearer brings to the king a to the gods for benefits received; to implore gilt bowl of wine, with a cover; and his majesty their assistance or to appease their wrath, &c., as drinks to the champion and sends him the bowl the Paganalia, FERALIA, Bacchanalia, Amby the cupbearer; which the champion (having BarvaliA, AMBURBALIA, SUOVETaurilia, and put on his gauntlet) receives, and, retiring a little, divers others, particularly denominated FERIÆ; drinks thereof; he then makes his humble re as SEMENTINÆ, LATINÆ, &c. See these articles. Ference to his majesty, and, accompanied as be- The feasts were divided into days of sacrifice, and fore, departs out of the hall, taking the bowl and days of banqueting and feasting ; days of games, cover as bis fee.

and days of rest or feriæ. There being but little hisThe Largess. Immediately after this the offi- tory written, or at least published in those days, one cers of arms, descending from their gallery, Gar- end of feasts was to keep up the remembrance of ter; and the two provincial kings of arms--with past occurrences. their coronets on their heads, followed by the Feasts, Jewish. The principal feasts of the heralds and pursuivants-come to the lower end Jews were the feast of Trumpets, that of the of the hall, and, making their obeisance to his EXPIATION or Atonement, of TABERNACLES, of majesty, proceed to the middle of the hall, where the DEDICATION, of the Passover, of Pentecost, they make a second obeisance, and a third at and of Purification. See those articles, and the foot of the steps; and, having ascended, our article Jewis, Dispensation. The modern Garter cries out three times Largess: his majes- Jews have other feasts marked in their kalendar ty's largess is then given, which Garter proclaims of modern institution.

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FEASTS IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. The means ready; skilful ; ingenious: 'fine; neat; four feasts of which the English laws take parti- brave;' says Minsheu: the adjective is nearly cular notice are, the Annunciation of the blessed obsolete, and both words have been generally Virgin Mary, or Lady-day, the 25th of March; applied with some degree of contempt: feathe nativity of St. John the Baptist, held on the teous, and feateously (both obsolete), have been 24th of June; the feast of St. Michael the arch- used as synonymous with feat and featly. angel, on the 29th of September; and that of St.

Wherefore her father promised by crye that noble Thomas the Apostle, on the 21st of December: young men should meate at Peverell's place in the on which quarterly days rent on leases is usually Peke, and he that provid hymself yn feates of armes paid. 5 & 6 Edw. VI. cap. 3; 3 Jac. I. cap. 1; should have Mellet his doughter, with the Castel of 72 Car. II. cap. 30. Besides these feasts which Whitington. are general, and enjoined by the church, there Leland. Thinges excerpted owl of an old English are others local and occasional, enjoined by the

Boke, &c. vol. i. p. 23. magistrate or voluntarily set on foot by the

peo

Pyrocles is his name, renowned far ple; such are the days of thanksgiving

for victo

For his bold feals, and hardy coufidence; ries, delivery from wars, plagues, &c. Such also

Full oft approved in many a cruel war.

Faerie Queenc. are the vigils or wakes in commemoration of

And with fine fingers cropt full featously the dedications of particular churches. See VI

The tender stalks on high

Spenser. GIL, &c. The feasts of the church of England are either immoveable or moveable.

Tarquin's self he met, 1. Feasts, IMMOVEABLE, are those constantly When he might act the woman in the scene,

And struck him on his knee : in that day's feets, celebrated on the same day of the year; the prin- He proved the best man i' the' field. Shakspeare. cipal of these are CHRISTMAS or the Nativity,

[Posthumus) Lived in court the CIRCUMCISION, EPIPHANY, CANDLEMAS or the PURIFICATION, the ANNUNCIATION called (Which it is rare to do) most praised, most loved; also the Incarnation and CONCEPTION, ALL A glass that feated them.

A sample to the youngest ; to the more mature,

Id. Cymbeline. Saints, and All Souls; besides the days of the

Never master had several apostles, St. Thomas, St. Paul, &c, which

page so kind, so dutenus, diligent; in the church of England are feasts, though not So tender over his occasions, true, feriæ. See these articles.

So feat, so nurse-like.

Id. 2. Feasts, Moveable, are those which are not confined to the same day of the year. Ot

Foot it featly here and there,

And sweet sprites and burthen bear. these the principal is Easter, which gives law to

Id. Tempest. all the rest, all of them following and keeping their Look how well my garments sit upon me, proper distances from it; such are Palm Sunday, Much feater than before.

Id. Good Friday, Ash-Wednesday, Sexagesima, As

The joints are more supple to all feats of activity cension day, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. and motion in youth than afterwards. Bacon, See Easter, PENTECOST, SEXAGESIMA, TRINITY,

That feat man at controversy.

Stilling fleet. &c.

The moon was up, and shot a gleamy light; FEASTS IN THE CHURCH OF ROME. The pro- He saw a quire of ladies in a round, digious increase of feast days in the Romish That featly footing seemed to skim the ground. church commenced towards the close of the fourth

Dryden. century, and was occasioned by the discovery Our soldiers are men of strong reads for action, that was then made of the remains of martyrs and perform such feats as they are not able to express. and other holy men, for the commemoration of

Addison's Spectator. whom they were established. These, instead of

Down the deep vale, and narrow winding way, being set apart for pious exercises, were but too They foot it featly, ranged in ringlets gay : often abused in indolence and voluptuousness: Tis joy and frolic all

, where'er they rove,

Beatrie. and this has been defended by the theologians of And fairy people is the name they love. this church on the ground of becoming all things

FEATH'ER, 11. s. & v. a. Saxon, feder; to all men,' that some may be won. See Dr.

FEATH'ERBED,

Goth. feaden ; Doyle's late Essay on the State of the Irish Ca FEATH'ERDRIVER,

Swed. and Teut. tholics. Many of them were instituted on a pagan

FEATH'ERED, adj.

feder ; perhaps model.

FEATH'EREDGE, n. s.

from the Goth. Feasts, MAHOMMEDAN. The Mahommedans, FEATH'EREDGen, adj. fliader, plumage. besides their feast or sabbath, which is kept on FEATH'ERGRASS,

Thompson. The Friday, have two solemn feasts, the first of which FEATH'ERLESS, adj. plume of birds; is called the Feast of Victims, and celebrated on FEATH'ERLY,

any ornament ; the 10th day of the last month of their year; and FEATH'ERY.

and (as birds are the second called Bairam. See BAIRAM. distinguished bytheir plumage) kind, or species;

Feasts Of The Dead are solemn religious ce- as in the expression,“birds of a feather’: to feather remonies in use among the American Indians. is to adorn with feathers or ornaments; to treat as a By some nations they are celebrated every eight cock: feathered, clothed, or fitted with a feather, years; by others, as the Hurons and Iroquois, or feathers : featherless is without feathers : feaevery ten years.

therly, resembling, and feathery, covered with, FEAT, n. s. & adj. Fr. fait ; Norm. Fr. feat; feathers: the extracts explain the other deriFeat’LY, adv. Ital. fatto; Lat. factum, a vatives, except feathergrass, which is another name FEA'Teous, adj. deed. An act, deed, or ex

for the herb also called shadowgrass, gramen FEA'TeoUSLY, adv.) ploit: as an adjective, feat plumotum.

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