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fancy

in the name of canary breeds, refers to a special, cultivated show type of bird, rather than the ordinary type. In dog and cat circles, it refers to the entire following of breeders, owners and admirers.
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All that I felt was that I had a right to go in person and beg the Baron's and the Baroness's pardon--the more so since, of late, I had been feeling unwell and unstrung, and had been in a fanciful condition.
She wore a hat of singular gracefulness, and abundantly laden with flowers, such as never grew in the rude soil of New England, but which, with all their fanciful luxuriance, had a natural truth that it seemed impossible for the most fertile imagination to have attained without copying from real prototypes.
One of the noblest--and, speaking of Fancy--one of the most singularly fanciful of modern poets, was Thomas Hood.
The versification although carrying the fanciful to the very verge of the fantastic, is nevertheless admirably adapted to the wild insanity which is the thesis of the poem.
So, as told in our camp, ran the fanciful story of the Moonstone.
In my fanciful times, I fancy that they might be anywhere; and I almost expect to see their dear faces on the bridges or the quays.
The Frank Lloyd Gallery represents contemporary ceramic artists, with recent exhibits by artists such as Los Angeles-based Peter Shire, known for his fanciful industrial objects and whimsical teapots.
Think: ``Powerpuff Girls'' mastermind Craig McCracken introduces his latest creation, an eccentric foster home filled with fanciful apparitions who have been outgrown by the lonely children who created them.
The stories are filled with original imagery, alliteration, touches of humor, the fanciful, irreverence, and sometimes inchoate anger.
Admittedly, it has always been unclear whether Currin's earlier pictures of girls or young women make reference to "actual" people in the world, or are fanciful composites that speak more about their author's tastes, desires, and projections.
Con Ed's decision sends a very clear signal that the idea of using electric power lines to transmit multi-media telecommunications is not a fanciful concept on someone's drawing board, rather it is becoming a reality.
Between all those characters, Yvette Helin's puppets and some pretty fanciful backdrops (Broadway director David Gallo designed the sets), it sometimes becomes difficult to figure out where to focus our attention.