Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Gypsy"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gypsy \Gyp"sy\, or Gipsy moth \Gip"sy, moth\ .
A tussock moth (Ocneria dispar) native of the Old World, but
accidentally introduced into eastern Massachusetts about
1869, where its caterpillars have done great damage to fruit,
shade, and forest trees of many kinds. The male gypsy moth is
yellowish brown, the female white, and larger than the male.
In both sexes the wings are marked by dark lines and a dark
lunule. The caterpillars, when full-grown, have a grayish
mottled appearance, with blue tubercles on the anterior and
red tubercles on the posterior part of the body, all giving
rise to long yellow and black hairs. They usually pupate in
July and the moth appears in August. The eggs are laid on
tree trunks, rocks, etc., and hatch in the spring.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gypsy \Gyp"sy\, n.; pl. {Gypsies}. [OE. Gypcyan, F. gyptien
Egyptian, gypsy, L. Aegyptius. See {Egyptian}.] [Also spelled
gipsy and gypsey.]
1. One of a vagabond race, whose tribes, coming originally
from India, entered Europe in 14th or 15th centry, and are
now scattered over Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Spain,
England, etc., living by theft, fortune telling,
horsejockeying, tinkering, etc. Cf. {Bohemian}, {Romany}.

Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Beguiled me to the very heart of loss. --Shak.

2. The language used by the gypsies. --Shak.

3. A dark-complexioned person. --Shak.

4. A cunning or crafty person [Collog.] --Prior.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gypsy \Gyp"sy\ a.
Pertaining to, or suitable for, gypsies.

{Gypsy hat}, a woman's or child's broad-brimmed hat, usually
of straw or felt.

{Gypsy winch}, a small winch, which may be operated by a
crank, or by a ratchet and pawl through a lever working up
and down.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gypsy \Gyp"sy\, v. i.
To play the gypsy; to picnic in the woods. Mostly.
{Gyp"sy*ing}, vb. n.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture;
"Romani nomads"; "Romany folk songs"; "a Gypsy
fortune-teller" [syn: {Romany}, {Gypsy}, {Romani}]
n 1: a member of a nomadic people originating in northern India
and now living on all continents [syn: {Gypsy}, {Gipsy},
{Romany}, {Rommany}, {Bohemian}]
2: the Indic language of the Gypsies [syn: {Romany}, {Gypsy}]

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