Nab

The fairy which offers Orpheus for food in the infernal regions a roasted ant, a flea's thigh, butterflies' brains, some sucking mites, a rainbow-tart, and other delicacies of like nature, to be washed down with dewdrops, beer made from seven barleycorns, and the supernaculum of earth-born topers. (King: Orpheus and Eurydice.)

Nab

To seize without warning. A contraction of apprehend. (Norwegian, nappe, to catch at, nap, snatch; Swedish, nappa.) Our nap (to filch or steal) is a variety of the same word.

The keeper or catch of a latch or bolt is called the nab.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Nab from Fact Monster:

  • The Little Mermaid - Producers replaced the original yet melancholy Hans Christian Andersen ending with a signature girl-nabs-the-guy one
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Billy Bob Thornton actor, screenwriter Born: 8/4/1955 Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas After a ...
  • Seal - Seal (Sealhenry Olumide Samuel) singer, songwriter Born: 2/19/1963 Birthplace: London, England Of ...
  • Eliot Ness - Biography of Eliot Ness, The G-Man Who Nabbed Al Capone
  • Kate Beckinsale - Kate Beckinsale actress Born: 7/26/1974 Birthplace: London, England Beckinsale hails from a family ...

Related Content