Pettywhin

Pet"ty*whin

(?), n. [Petty + whin.] (Bot.) The needle furze. See under Needle.
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Pet"u*lance

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Pet"u*lan*cy

(?), } n. [L. petulania: cf. F. ptulance. See Petulant.] The quality or state of being petulant; temporary peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor. "The petulancy of our words." B. Jonson.
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Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.
Clarendon.
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The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown.
Cowper.
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Syn. -- Petulance, Peevishness. -- Peevishness implies the permanence of a sour, fretful temper; petulance implies temporary or capricious irritation.
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