ambilævous

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ambilævous (comparative more ambilævous, superlative most ambilævous)

  1. (very rare) Alternative spelling of ambilevous[1][2]
    • 1879: Henry Power and Leonard William Sedgwick of the New Sydenham Society, The New Sydenham Society’s Lexicon of Medicine and the Allied Sciences: (based on Mayne’s Lexicon) (1881 republication), volume 1 (The New Sydenham Society)
      Ambilævous, Having left hands only; that is, clumsy.
    • 1955: Joseph Twadell Shipley, Dictionary of Early English, page 37 (Philosophical Library)
      ambilævous; hence, uncommonly awkward.
    • 2001: Delys Bird, Robert Dixon, and Christopher Lee, Authority and Influence, page 54 (University of Queensland Press; ISBN 0702232033, 9780702232039)
      [] we notice the nonsense: ‘Accomplished as the criticism in this book may be, it cannot be definitive’; we notice the ludicrous remarks: ‘let it be said firmly now that I cannot think of any living Australian novelist who …’, ‘when Amy commits adultery, it is in the context of the rose bush’; we notice the bad grammar and the worse, the unbelievably ambilævous, prose of poets who are lecturers in English literature …

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989) lists the ligated spelling (ambilævous) as the primary form, with the monographical spelling (ambilevous) listed as secondary.
  2. ^ Listed thus as a synonym of ambisinistrous on page 284 of Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life (Simon & Schuster, 1996) by Marjorie B. Garber (ISBN 0684803089, 9780684803081).