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brillig

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹɪ.lɪɡ/
  • enPR: brĭʹlĭg
  • Hyphenation: BRI(L)-lig

EtymologyEdit

Supposedly from bryl or broil.

NounEdit

brillig (uncountable)

  1. A nonce word in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, explained by Humpty Dumpty as "four o'clock in the afternoon — the time when you begin broiling things for dinner."
    'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe — Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky.

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