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A supporter of the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth.

[From the close-cropped hair of the Puritans.]
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1. (Historical Terms) English history a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil War. Compare Cavalier
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) English history a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil War. Compare Cavalier
[referring to their short-cut hair]
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a Puritan supporter of Parliament during the English Civil War: so called in derision by the Cavaliers because they wore their hair cut short.
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Noun1.roundhead - a brachycephalic person
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.Roundhead - a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
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[ˈraʊndhed] N (Brit) (Hist) → cabeza f pelada
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No slave is permitted to bestow this enviable deformity upon his child; all the slaves, therefore, are roundheads.
Impey Barbicane was a man of forty years of age, calm, cold, austere; of a singularly serious and self-contained demeanor, punctual as a chronometer, of imperturbable temper and immovable character; by no means chivalrous, yet adventurous withal, and always bringing practical ideas to bear upon the very rashest enterprises; an essentially New Englander, a Northern colonist, a descendant of the old anti-Stuart Roundheads, and the implacable enemy of the gentlemen of the South, those ancient cavaliers of the mother country.
dashed itself against the walls, and the whole audience was on its feet in a delirium of applause, and I thought at that moment of the night when Henry Grady stood among the curling wreaths of tobacco-smoke in Delmonico's banquet-hall and said, "I am a Cavalier among Roundheads."
Afterwards Curtis hailed "a fine day at the office", and said of Roundhead's win: "I knew I'd won at the line."
King Charles was a captive but John Poyner, the eccentric mayor of Pembroke, suddenly switched sides to the Royalists, joined by the celebrated Roundhead warrior Major General Laugharne, who had clobbered the Cavaliers in Cardiff two years before.
The argument can be likened in some ways to the differences between Cavaliers and Roundheads.
To develop roundhead lespedeza cultivars successfully, information is needed on the variation of CT concentration from different plant parts and the effect of environment on CT concentration for available germplasm.
"That's the whole idea behind our support for this business," says Chief Roundhead. "We want to see the rest of the membership setting up businesses and taking advantage of the opportunities that are out there."
Before the musket fired, the 20th and 17th centuries must have separated, for the sun dimmed, the skies greyed, and the Roundheads vanished.
So did the extremist sects that grew up on the Roundhead side, like the Levellers, Diggers, Quakers and the very odd Ranters who seemed to have decided that religious disputes were an ideal excuse for a punch-up, some booze and a lot of sex - a bit like today's national religion, football.
Dozens watched as Bill Roache, better known as Weatherfield teacher Ken Barlow, recalled his days in National Service to teach the Roundheads some basic military drill.