Rhapsody

Rhap"so*dy

(?), n.;
pl. Rhapsodies (#).
[F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. "rapsw,di`a, fr. "rapsw,do`s a rhapsodist; "ra`ptein to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh` a song. See Ode.] 1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.
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2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition. "A rhapsody of words." Shak. "A rhapsody of tales." Locke.
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3. (Mus.) A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies."
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Rhat"a*ny

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Rhat"an*hy

} (?), n. [Sp. ratania, rataa, Peruv. rataa.] The powerfully astringent root of a half-shrubby Peruvian plant (Krameria triandra). It is used in medicine and to color port wine.
[Written also ratany.]

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Savanilla rhatany, the root of Krameria Ixina, a native of New Granada.
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