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The question of selecting a French text on which an English one should be based is so far outside the present enterprise, that my commission, as I have explained, was restricted to an amended reprint of the translation produced in 1877; and that commission I have, from my warm interest in the author, vastly exceeded. But it might form a debatable point, even if an entirely new English version should be hereafter made from the French, how far the editor or translator could or ought to deal with the endless variations in successive issues between 1580 and 1595. For it is the case of an author who wrote a single important work, and whose ample leisure afforded him unsurpassed facilities for altering, adding, eliminating, transposing; and of this opportunity Montaigne assuredly availed himself to the fullest extent.
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However, "olive" definitely is a skin color -- that of my own first wife (she used to joke that it was just a euphemism for "green") -- so this may be what was meant.
Abandonee () One to whom anything is legally abandoned.
Aphorism () A comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters.
This is because it commands our deep respect.
Aphis () A genus of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera and family Aphidae, including numerous species known as plant lice and green flies.
Abandonment () Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
Aplysia () A genus of marine mollusks of the order Tectibranchiata; the sea hare. Some of the species when disturbed throw out a deep purple liquor, which colors the water to some distance. See Illust. in Appendix.
Abandum () Anything forfeited or confiscated.
Aphasy () Loss of the power of speech, or of the appropriate use of words, the vocal organs remaining intact, and the intelligence being preserved. It is dependent on injury or disease of the brain.