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wall-eyed having eyes with a white or pale-gray iris,— glaring-eyed, fierce-eyed, KING JOHN, iv. 3. 49; TITUS ANDRONICUS, v. 1. 44. ( “A Whall, ouer-white eye. Oeil de cheere.” Cotgrave's Fr. and Engl. Dict. “In those parts of the North with which I am best acquainted, persons are said to be wall-eyed when the white of the eye is very large, and to one side. On the borders ‘sic folks’ are considered unlucky. The term is also occasionally applied to horses with similar eyes, though its more general acceptation seems to be when the iris of the eye is white, or of a very pale colour. A wall-eyed horse sees perfectly well.” Brockett's Glossary of North Country Words, etc. “Horses perfectly white, or cream-coloured, have the iris white and the pupil red. When horses of other colours, and that are usually pied, have a white iris and a black pupil, they are said to be wall-eyed. Vulgar opinion has decided that a wall-eyed horse is never subject to blindness; but this is altogether erroneous.” The Horse, by Youatt, p. 131, ed. 1848 . The author of The Dialect of Craven, etc., under “Wall-een, White or grey eyes,” cites from the first of the passages of Shakespeare referred to in this article the words“wall-eyed wrath,” and observes, “It frequently happens that when a person is in an excessive passion, a large portion of the white of the eye is visible. This confirms the propriety and force of the above expression.”)

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