American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Rebus

RE’BUS, n. [L. from res, which is of the class Rd, Rs, and of the same family as riddle. See Riddle, Read and Real.]

1. An enigmatical representation of some name, c. by using figures or pictures instead of words. A gallant in love with a woman named Rose Hill, painted on the border of his gown, a rose, a hill, an eye, a loaf and a well, which reads, Rose Hill I love well.

2. A sort of riddle.

3. In some chimical writers, sour milk; sometimes, the ultimate matter of which all bodies are composed.

4. In heraldry, a coat of arms which bears an allusion to the name of the person; as three cups, for Butler.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Rebus," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI14T5PBDPTG4B6.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Rebus." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI14T5PBDPTG4B6.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Rebus' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI14T5PBDPTG4B6.