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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twilly \Twil"ly\, n. [Cf. Willy.]
     A machine for cleansing or loosening wool by the action of a
     revolving cylinder covered with long iron spikes or teeth; a
     willy or willying machine; -- called also twilly devil, and
     devil. See Devil, n., 6, and Willy. --Tomlinson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Willow \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin
     to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]
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     1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including
        many species, most of which are characterized often used
        as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. "A
        wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight." --Sir W.
        Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the
        person beloved, is said to wear the willow.
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              And I must wear the willow garland
              For him that's dead or false to me.   --Campbell.
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     2. (Textile Manuf.) A machine in which cotton or wool is
        opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes
        projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded
        with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having
        been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods,
        though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the
        winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called
        also willy, twilly, twilly devil, and devil.
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     Almond willow, Pussy willow, Weeping willow. (Bot.) See
        under Almond, Pussy, and Weeping.
     Willow biter (Zool.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.]
     Willow fly (Zool.), a greenish European stone fly
        ({Chloroperla viridis); -- called also yellow Sally.
     Willow gall (Zool.), a conical, scaly gall produced on
        willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly ({Cecidomyia
     Willow grouse (Zool.), the white ptarmigan. See
     Willow lark (Zool.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
     Willow ptarmigan (Zool.)
        (a) The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting.
            See under Reed.
        (b) A sparrow ({Passer salicicolus) native of Asia,
            Africa, and Southern Europe.
     Willow tea, the prepared leaves of a species of willow
        largely grown in the neighborhood of Shanghai, extensively
        used by the poorer classes of Chinese as a substitute for
        tea. --McElrath.
     Willow thrush (Zool.), a variety of the veery, or Wilson's
        thrush. See Veery.
     Willow warbler (Zool.), a very small European warbler
        ({Phylloscopus trochilus); -- called also bee bird,
        haybird, golden wren, pettychaps, sweet William,
        Tom Thumb, and willow wren.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  devil \dev"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deviledor Devilled; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Devilingor Devilling.]
     1. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a
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     2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking,
        as with pepper.
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              A deviled leg of turkey.              --W. Irving.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devil \Dev"il\, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
     Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
     devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
     throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
     gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic.]
     1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
        spiritual of mankind.
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              [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                    --Luke iv. 2.
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              That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
              deceiveth the whole world.            --Rev. xii. 9.
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     2. An evil spirit; a demon.
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              A dumb man possessed with a devil.    --Matt. ix.
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     3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil
        Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." --Shak.
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              Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
              devil?                                --John vi. 70.
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     4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
        ironically, of negation. [Low]
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              The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
              timepleaser.                          --Shak.
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              The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
              But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
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     5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
        excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
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              Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
              oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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     6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
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     Blue devils. See under Blue.
     Cartesian devil. See under Cartesian.
     Devil bird (Zool.), one of two or more South African drongo
        shrikes ({Edolius retifer, and Edolius remifer),
        believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
     Devil may care, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
        adjectively. --Longfellow.
     Devil's apron (Bot.), the large kelp ({Laminaria
        saccharina, and Laminaria longicruris) of the Atlantic
        ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped
        somewhat like an apron.
     Devil's coachhorse. (Zool.)
        (a) The black rove beetle ({Ocypus olens). [Eng.]
        (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect ({Prionotus
            cristatus); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
     Devil's darning-needle. (Zool.) See under Darn, v. t.
     Devil's fingers, Devil's hand (Zool.), the common British
        starfish ({Asterias rubens); -- also applied to a sponge
        with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
     Devil's riding-horse (Zool.), the American mantis ({Mantis
     The Devil's tattoo, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
        "Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
        heels." --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
     Devil worship, worship of the power of evil; -- still
        practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
        forces of nature are of equal power.
     Printer's devil, the youngest apprentice in a printing
        office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
        the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. "Without fearing the
        printer's devil or the sheriff's officer." --Macaulay.
     Tasmanian devil (Zool.), a very savage carnivorous
        marsupial of Tasmania ({Dasyurus ursinus syn. Diabolus
     To play devil with, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of
           evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of
           Hell [syn: Satan, Old Nick, Devil, Lucifer,
           Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darkness]
      2: an evil supernatural being [syn: devil, fiend, demon,
         daemon, daimon]
      3: a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil";
         "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say" [syn: devil,
         deuce, dickens]
      4: a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he
         chased the young hellions out of his yard" [syn: hellion,
         heller, devil]
      5: a cruel wicked and inhuman person [syn: monster, fiend,
         devil, demon, ogre]
      v 1: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor
           irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers
           me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after
           she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get
           at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex,
           chafe, devil]
      2: coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  351 Moby Thesaurus words for "devil":
     Abaddon, Apollyon, Baba Yaga, Beelzebub, Belial, Bowery bum,
     Lilith, Linotyper, Lucifer, Mafioso, Mephistopheles, Old Nick,
     Old Scratch, Satan, Succubus, Xanthippe, Young Turk, adventurer,
     adventuress, adversary, afreet, aggravate, annoy, antagonist,
     ape-man, apprentice printer, archenemy, bad boy, badger, bait,
     bake, barbarian, barbecue, barghest, baste, be at, beachcomber,
     beast, bedevil, beggar, beggarly fellow, beldam, berserk,
     berserker, beset, bitter enemy, blackguard, blanch, blighter,
     bloke, boil, bomber, booger, bother, braise, bravo, brazenface,
     brew, bristle, broil, brown, brown off, brute, bucko, budmash,
     buffoon, bug, bugger, bully, bullyboy, bullyrag, bum, bummer,
     burn up, cacodemon, caitiff, chap, chivy, coddle, compositor,
     con artist, con man, confidence man, confoundedly, cook, crone,
     curry, cutthroat, cutup, daeva, daredevil, demon, derelict,
     desperado, deuce, deucedly, devil incarnate, diablo, discompose,
     distemper, disturb, do, do to perfection, dog, dragon, drifter,
     drunkard, dust storm, dybbuk, electrotyper, elf, enemy,
     enfant terrible, evil genius, evil spirit, exasperate, exceedingly,
     excessively, exercise, extremely, fash, fellow, fiend,
     fiend from hell, fire, fire-eater, firebrand, foe, foeman, fox,
     fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, funmaker, fury, genie, genius, get,
     ghoul, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goon, gorilla, griddle,
     grill, gripe, gunman, gunsel, guy, gyre, hag, harass, hardnose,
     harmattan, harpy, harry, harum-scarum, heat, heckle, hector,
     hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellkite, hobo,
     holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, hothead, hotspur, hound,
     human wreck, imp, in hell, in the world, incendiary, incubus, irk,
     jinni, jinniyeh, joker, jokester, keyboarder, khamsin, killer,
     knave, lamia, limb, little devil, little monkey, little rascal,
     lowlife, mad dog, madbrain, madcap, makeup man, mauvais sujet,
     mean wretch, miff, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, molest, monster,
     mucker, mugger, nag, needle, nettle, no-good, nudzh, ogre, ogress,
     open enemy, operator, oven-bake, pan, pan-broil, parboil,
     pauvre diable, peesash, peeve, persecute, person, pester, pick on,
     pilgarlic, pique, pixie, plague, pluck the beard, poach,
     poor creature, poor devil, pother, practical joker, prankster,
     precious rascal, prepare, prepare food, pressman, printer, proofer,
     provoke, public enemy, puck, rake, rakehell, rakshasa, rantipole,
     rapist, rapscallion, rascal, revolutionary, ride, rile, roast,
     rogue, roil, rough, rowdy, ruffian, ruffle, sad case, sad sack,
     samiel, sandstorm, satan, saute, savage, scalawag, scallop, scamp,
     scapegrace, scoundrel, sear, serpent, shaitan, she-wolf, shedu,
     shirr, shrew, shyster, simmer, simoom, sirocco, skid-row bum,
     sly dog, slyboots, smoothie, sneak, sod, spalpeen, speedily,
     spitfire, steam, stereotyper, stew, stiff, stir-fry, stoneman,
     succubus, sundowner, swagman, sworn enemy, tease, termagant,
     terror, terrorist, the undead, thug, tiger, tigress, toast,
     torment, tough, tough guy, tramp, trickster, truant,
     try the patience, tweak the nose, typesetter, typographer,
     ugly customer, unfortunate, vag, vagabond, vagrant, vampire,
     vaurien, vex, villain, violent, violently, virago, vixen, wag,
     wastrel, werewolf, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, worry,
     worthless fellow, wretch, yogini

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Developer's Image Library (OpenIL), "DevIL"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Gr. diabolos), a slanderer, the arch-enemy of man's spiritual
     interest (Job 1:6; Rev. 2:10; Zech. 3:1). He is called also "the
     accuser of the brethen" (Rev. 12:10).
       In Lev. 17:7 the word "devil" is the translation of the Hebrew
     _sair_, meaning a "goat" or "satyr" (Isa. 13:21; 34:14),
     alluding to the wood-daemons, the objects of idolatrous worship
     among the heathen.
       In Deut. 32:17 and Ps. 106:37 it is the translation of Hebrew
     _shed_, meaning lord, and idol, regarded by the Jews as a
     "demon," as the word is rendered in the Revised Version.
       In the narratives of the Gospels regarding the "casting out of
     devils" a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of
     our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession
     (Matt. 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; 10:18, etc.).

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