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Then her hands played with my hair, which she let down and combed with her long, taper fingers.

His eyes roved from taper to taper, as gathering knowledge ray by ray.

Their branches do not taper, but only divide.to observe the laws common to all.

It was still dark; she gave me her arm, and I lighted her with a taper.

She sat down, feeling as if that taper were heating her back.

I got me to bed, blew out my taper, and composed myself to sleep.

The resolve adopted, he took up a taper and went off to bed.

Then,” said Taper Tom, “you may have my fish and I will take your goose.

The tail, if thick at the setting on, should taper and be fine below.

The taper will then project about three-quarters of an inch from the face of the chuck.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tapur, taper "candle," not found outside English, possibly a dissimilated borrowing from Latin papyrus (see papyrus), which was used in Medieval Latin and some Romance languages for "wick of a candle" (e.g. Italian papijo "wick"), because these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Cf. also German kerze "candle," from Old High German charza, from Latin charta, from Greek khartes "papyrus, roll made from papyrus, wick made from pith of papyrus."

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