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n. Archaic
1. An animal with a docked tail.
2. See dulcian.
3. Something cut short or docked.
adj. Obsolete
Cut short or docked.

[Obsolete French courtault, from Old French, from court, short, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. cut short
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of friars) wearing a short frock
3. an animal whose tail has been docked
4. something that is cut short
[C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt]
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(ˈkɜr tl)

1. Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
2. Obs. brief; curtailed.
3. Obs. an animal with a docked tail.
[1500–10; earlier courtault < Middle French, =court short (see curt) + -ault, variant of -ald n. suffix; see ribald]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curtal - (obsolete) cut short; "a dog with a curtal tail"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
short - (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
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It would seem that the manuscript is here imperfect, for we do not find the reasons which finally induce the curtal Friar to amend the King's cheer.
If the five loose folios can be mined for evidence about Hopkins's state of mind, then that evidence must attend to all the poems that are there; we must accept, therefore, that at the same time as he continued to work over the terrible sonnets, he was also writing and re-writing the delightful, celebratory curtal sonnet "Ashboughs."
They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern.
Beasley provides detailed and convincing readings of the poems he discusses, demonstrating that the mature sonnets, whether curtal or extended, offer through their 4 : 3 ratio an "asymmetrical balance" (p.
Mary largely figures as an epithet in texts like Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar (c.
In part 1, the poem "Searchlight" is a special form of Gerard Manley Hopkins's shortened or curtal sonnet.
Hume ("Dorset Garden" 16n8) acknowledge, upon the interpretation of a single stage direction from George Etherege's She Wou'd If She Cou'd (16683): "Enter the Women, and after 'em Curtal at the lower Door, and Free[man] at the upper on the contrary side" (17).
Their appearance next Thursday at The Maudslay pub, Allesley Old Road, is supported by local duo Sophie Matthews and Tony Millyard, playing festive upbeat medieval and renaissance music on a variety of authentic instruments including hurdy-gurdy, rauschpfeife, curtal, shawm and Flemish bagpipes.
Hopkins experimented with a shortened form of the sonnet he called "curtal sonnets," as well as with 18- and 20-line "sonnets." Robert Hayden's great unrhymed sonnet "Frederick Douglass," composed in the tradition of the political sonnets of Milton and Shelley, reverses the division of the traditional sonnet, devoting only six lines to the "octave" and eight to what in a conventional sonnet would be the sestet, the turn coming at the end of line six.
But some, such as the shawm, curtal, crumhorn and lute, seem more exotic.
The deal is funded with a five-year loan of $9 million from General Electric Curtal Assurance Co.