Can"ter*bur*y (?), n.
1. A city in England, giving its name
various articles. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury
(primate of all England), and contains the shrine of Thomas
à Becket, to which pilgrimages were formerly
2. A stand with divisions in it for
holding music, loose papers, etc.
Canterbury ball (Bot.), a species
of Campanula of several varieties, cultivated for its
handsome bell-shaped flowers. -- Canterbury
gallop, a gentle gallop such as was used by
pilgrims riding to Canterbury; a canter. --
Canterbury tale, one of the tales which
Chaucer puts into the mouths of certain pilgrims to Canterbury.
Hence, any tale told by travelers to pass away the time.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Canterbury (23), in E. Kent, on the Stour, by rail 62 m. SE. of
London; is the ecclesiastical capital of England; the cathedral was
founded A.D. 597 by St. Augustin; the present building belongs to
various epochs, dating as far back as the 11th century; it contains many
interesting monuments, statues, and tombs, among the latter that of
Thomas à Becket, murdered in the north transept, 1170; the cloisters,
chapter-house, and other buildings occupy the site of the old monastic
houses; the city is rich in old churches and ecclesiastical monuments;
there is an art gallery; trade is chiefly in hops and grain. Kit Marlowe
was a native.
(128), a district in New Zealand, in the centre of the
South Island, on the east side
of which are the Canterbury Plains or
Downs, a great pasture-land for sheep of over three million acres.
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