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Burrow (noun)

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Bu'rrow, Berg, Burg, Burgh. n.s. [derived from the Saxon buꞃᵹ, bẏꞃᵹ, a city, tower, or castle. Gibson's Camden.]

  1. A corporate town, that is not a city, but such as sends burgesses to the parliament. All places that, in former days, were called borough, were such as were fenced or fortified. Cowel.

    King of England shalt thou be proclaim'd
    In ev'ry burrow, as we pass along.
    Shakesp. Henry VI. p. iii.

    Possession of land was the original right of election among the commons; and burrows were entitled to sit, as they were possessed of certain tracts. Temple.

  2. The holes made in the ground by conies.

    When they shall see his crest up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him. Shakesp. Coriolanus.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Cowell, John (42) · Gibson, Edmund (17) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Temple, William (54)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Burrow (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 19, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6107.


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