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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot;
[syn: Hessian boot, hessian, jackboot, Wellington, Wellington boot]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hessian \Hes"sian\, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] Hessian boots, or Hessians, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. --Thackeray. Hessian cloth, or Hessians, a coarse hempen cloth for sacking. Hessian crucible. See under Crucible. Hessian fly (Zool.), a small dipterous fly or midge (Cecidomyia destructor). Its larv[ae] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hessian \Hes"sian\, n. 1. A native or inhabitant of Hesse. [1913 Webster] 2. A mercenary or venal person. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] Note: This use is a relic of the patriot hatred of the Hessian mercenaries who served with the British troops in the Revolutionary War. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. See Hessian boots and cloth, under Hessian, a. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hessian n 1: (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot [syn: Hessian boot, hessian, jackboot, Wellington, Wellington boot]