musty


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Related to musty: malodorous, stench
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The earth smelled musty and close, but we did not somehow seem to mind, for our attention was concentrated on the Professor.
The clock represented a temple of Vesta; and the whole room smelled musty, as it was on a lower level than the garden.
I musty think your language too strong in speaking of both," replied Jane; "and I hope you will be convinced of it by seeing them happy together.
She is the very moral of old-fashioned prejudice, and could exist nowhere but in this musty edifice.
Its wool alone gives a resemblance to the sheep; it is more properly of the flesh is said to have a musty flavor; some have thought the fleece might be valuable, as it is said to be as fine as that of the goat Cashmere, but it is not to be procured in sufficient quantities.
At any rate, musty parchments and title-deeds there were none on the island; and I am half inclined to believe that its inhabitants hold their broad valleys in fee simple from Nature herself; to have and to hold, so long as grass grows and water runs; or until their French visitors, by a summary mode of conveyancing, shall appropriate them to their own benefit and behoof.
And about his shelves, A beggarly account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds.
exclaimed I, with irrepressible enthusiasm; "this shows the liberality of the age; this proves, if anything can, that all musty prejudices are in a fair way to be obliterated.
I went to Treviso, to Bassano, to Castelfranco; I took walks and drives and looked at musty old churches with ill-lighted pictures and spent hours seated smoking at the doors of cafes, where there were flies and yellow curtains, on the shady side of sleepy little squares.
From this crawling flapping mass of obscene reptilian life came the shocking clamor which filled the air and the mephitic, horrible, musty odor which turned us sick.
Here the counsel in his wig and gown, and here the old Jew clothes-man under his dingy tiara; here the soldier in his scarlet, and here the undertaker's mute in streaming hat-band and worn cotton gloves; here the musty scholar fumbling his faded leaves, and here the scented actor dangling his showy seals.
I listened for a few moments, and in the musty rotting silence of the house believed that I could hear the murmur of their young voices.