mistigris


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mistigris

(ˈmɪstɪɡriː)
n
1. (Card Games) the joker or a blank card used as a wild card in a variety of draw poker
2. (Card Games) the variety of draw poker using this card
[C19: from French mistigris jack of clubs, game in which this card was wild]
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MISTIGRIS A Corrosive covering B 'Wild' joker in a pack of cards C Violent, cold, dry wind who am I?
La Comedie humaine presente tout un panel de nez qui trahissent, depuis le bout du nez du cure dans Beatrix dont le blanchissement revele qu'il a en main, dans son jeu de cartes, le Mistigris jusqu'au nez de Nucingen que celui-ci frotte au moment oU il sait qu'il est en train de duper le trop ambitieux parfumeur Cesar Birotteau en redigeant une fausse lettre de recommandation a Du Tillet.
In La Rabouilleuse, given Balzac's love of puns, which he particularly shared with young people like his character Mistigris, and the fact that Joseph, on finding himself the Count de Brambourg, "ce qui le fait souvent pouffer de rire au milieu de ses atais" (4: 540), before ending the book with several phonically twisted proverbs, might make one think that he was laughing at the homophonous Branbourg or "city of garbage or excrement.