Hessian

Definition of Hessian

Hes´sian
a.1.Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.
Hessian boots
boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front.
Hessian cloth
a coarse hempen cloth for sacking.
- Thackeray.
Hessian crucible
See under Crucible.
Hessian fly
(Zool.) a small dipterous fly or midge (Cecidomyia destructor). Its larvæ live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; - so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution.
n.1.A native or inhabitant of Hesse.
2.A mercenary or venal person.
3.See Hessian boots and cloth, under Hessian, a.

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boot, Hessian boot, jackboot, Wellington, Wellington boot
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