(?), n. Dearth; scarcity. [Obs.] Spenser.
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(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. beak + box, case.] (Zol.) The horny covering of the end of the bill of birds.







(?), } n. [Per. derwsch, fr. OPer. derew to beg, ask alms: cf. F. derviche.] 1. A Turkish or Persian monk, especially one who professes extreme poverty and leads an austere life.
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2. One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan, in the 1880's.
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3. in modern times, a member of an ascetic Mohammedan sect notable for its devotional exercises, which include energetic chanting or shouting and rhythmic bodily movement, such as whirling, leading to a trance-like state or ecstasy. From these exercises the phrase whirling dervish is derived.

4. figuratively, a person who whirls or engages in frenzied activity reminiscent of the dervish{3} dancing.


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