Quaker

Definition of Quaker

Quak´er
n.1.One who quakes.
2.One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, - the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.
Fox's teaching was primarily a preaching of repentance . . . The trembling among the listening crowd caused or confirmed the name of Quakers given to the body; men and women sometimes fell down and lay struggling as if for life.
- Encyc. Brit.
3.(Zool.) The nankeen bird.
Quaker buttons
(Bot.) See Nux vomica.
Quaker gun
a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; - so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.
Quaker ladies
(Bot.) a low American biennial plant (Houstonia cærulea), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; - also called bluets, and little innocents.

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coward, palpitate, quake, quiver, trembler
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