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prester

(ˈprɛstə)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) (in mythology) a venomous serpent
2. (Physical Geography) a blazing whirlwind
3. (Anatomy) a vein at the back of the human neck
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Beyond that again is the kingdom of Prester John and of the great Cham.
What mind, that is not wholly barbarous and uncultured, can find pleasure in reading of how a great tower full of knights sails away across the sea like a ship with a fair wind, and will be to-night in Lombardy and to-morrow morning in the land of Prester John of the Indies, or some other that Ptolemy never described nor Marco Polo saw?
Its tales of the Ethiopian Prester John, of diamonds that by proper care can be made to grow, of trees whose fruit is an odd sort of lambs, and a hundred other equally remarkable phenomena, are narrated with skilful verisimilitude and still strongly hold the reader's interest, even if they no longer command belief.
Nobody ever asks after you--neither man nor woman; and if I mention your name in company, the men look as if I had spoken of Prester John; and the women sneer covertly.
I have it from my husband, who is a cinquantenier**, at the Parloir-aux Bourgeois, and who was this morning comparing the Flemish ambassadors with those of Prester John and the Emperor of Trebizond, who came from Mesopotamia to Paris, under the last king, and who wore rings in their ears.
a very Young Crew of diminutive Vagabonds, who march'd along in Rank and File, like a little Army of Prester John's Countrymen, as if advancing in order to attack a Birdsnest.
Nor do we lack for gender-neutral options: Prester and Parson are good old English words, while many priests serving in Waterloo ministries are known to their congregations as Pastor.
In the 15th century, when the Portuguese were exploring Africa, they kept looking for this elusive king called Prester John.
27) The cross near the Red Sea denotes the kingdom of the legendary Prester John.
He covers Prester John (1122-1222), allies and mythologies in Central Asia (1240-1405), contacts with Ethiopia--Prester John found (to 1559), Saint Thomas in India and the Americas (to c.
in the New Orleans slave market, while his mother was being sold on the block was, both in legend and fact, the reincarnation of Prester John, that wise Ethiopic king of antiquity, in our day all but forgotten, but whose amazing and otherwise inexplicable reappearance a few short weeks ago at the abovementioned Gospel Summit, had in fact been predicted in the lyrics of the title song of the Angel, Little Antioch's most recent and most sensationally successful album, "Lord, Lordy Lord, I Need an Explanation