inhoop'd “at odds—His quails ever Beat mine,” ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, ii. 3. 39. “The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks” (JOHNSON) . “Inhoop'd. Inclosed in a hoop. . . . It appears now to be made out, that cocks or quails were sometimes made to fight within a broad hoop, to keep them from quitting each other. Mr. Douce has actually found a Chinese print [miniature painting] in which two birds are so represented. See his Illustrations, vol. ii. p. 86. . . . The substance of this [passage] is from North's Plutarch, as well as much more of the same drama; but the inhooped is the addition of our poet.” Nares's Gloss.
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