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Aaron's beardA common name for several plants, which have tufts of stamens.[First attested in the late 19 century.]Cymbalaria muralis (ivy-leaved toadflax, Kenilworth ivy)Hypericum calycinum (great St. John's-wort, Jerusalem star)Saxifraga stolonifera (creeping saxifrage, strawberry geranium)Opuntia leucotricha (arborescent prickly pear, Aaron's beard cactus)
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atomic cocktailA mixed alcoholic beverage, created in Las Vegas, USA, in the mid-20th century.
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barnburnerLiberal faction of the New York state United States Democratic Party in the mid 19th century.
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cake walkA type of dance originating in the United States in the 19th century.
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cut a rugTo dance, especially in a vigorous manner and in one of the dance styles of the first half of the twentieth century.
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na-na na-na boo-boo[c. mid 20th century?] A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (a schadenfreude).
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pronunciamientoA military uprising or coup in Spain or the Spanish American republics, particularly in the 19th century. They received this designation because coups were usually accompanied by a statement declaring the existing government null and void.
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pure finderSomeone who collected dog faeces for sale to tanneries (which used it as a siccative for bookbinding leather). Undertaken by old women in Britain in the 18th century. (Reference: Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, 1987, paperback 1996 ISBN 1-86046-150-6 chapter 1 page 21.)
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robber baronEspecially in the 19th-century and early 20th-century, a business tycoon who had great wealth and influence but whose methods were morally questionable.
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sham AbrahamTo pretend sickness or insanity. {{First attested in the late 18 century.}}
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sham AbramAlternative form of sham Abraham. [First attested in the late 18 century.]
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snake oilA type of 19th century patent medicine sold in the United States that claimed to contain snake fat, supposedly a Native American remedy for various ailments.
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stovepipe hatA type of top hat worn mainly in the 19th century, made of silk or other materials and having a very tall, cylindrical, flat-topped crown.
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young TurkFrom the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, a member of a movement that campaigned for reform of the Ottoman Empire.
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