Zum*boo"ruk (?), n.
Yes, this is a cannon mounted on a camel. Sort of the fin de siècle version of a Somali
'technical', I guess.
I imagine this would require a camel with great sang-froid not to
panic when the thing is fired. Or fall over from the recoil. And you
would have to ask the camel
duck his head when you're firing directly forward. At least, if you
want to use the same camel more than once.
Interesting post on the Nightshade boards by Jim Van Pelt about the ur-story, the story in your mind before you start to write, what happens to it when you try to transfer it to the page... and how to get it back when you've lost it.
meaning: resist, match
大抵 == taitei == (adjective that takes な, adverb, noun) usually, generally
Left radical is one of the radical versions of 'hand'. Right radical is 'bottom of hill', acting phonetically to express 'push back'. To 'push back with the hand' is to resist. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'clan' (氏) and 'one' (一), and as a mnemonic: 'Resist clan with one hand.'