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Grease

Grease
1. To smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate; as, to grease the wheels of a wagon.
2. To bribe; to corrupt with presents. The greased advocate that grinds the poor. (Dryden)
3. To cheat or cozen; to overreach.
4. (Ear) to affect (a horse) with grease, the disease. To grease in the hand, to corrupt by bribes.
Origin: Greased; Greasing.
1. Animal fat, as tallow or lard, especially when in a soft state; oily or unctuous matter of any kind.
2. (Science: veterinary) An inflammation of a horses heels, suspending the ordinary greasy secretion of the part, and producing dryness and scurfiness, followed by cracks, ulceration, and fungous excrescences. Grease bush.
(Science: botany) a scraggy, stunted, and somewhat prickly shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of the spinach family, very abundant in alkaline valleys from the upper Missouri to California. The name is also applied to other plants of the same family, as several species of Atriplex and Obione.
Origin: oe. Grese, grece, f. Graisse; akin to gras fat, greasy, fr. LL. Grassus thick, fat, gross, L. Crassus. Cf. Crass.


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