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CARP, v.i. Literally, to snap or catch at, or to pick. Hence, to censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason, or petulantly; followed by at.

No, not a tooth or nail to scratch

And at my actions carp and catch. Herbert.

CARP, n. A fish, a species of cyprinus, an excellent fish for ponds. These fishes breed rapidly, grow to a large size, and live to a great age.




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CARP, v.i. Literally, to snap or catch at, or to pick. Hence, to censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason, or petulantly; followed by at.

No, not a tooth or nail to scratch

And at my actions carp and catch. Herbert.

CARP, n. A fish, a species of cyprinus, an excellent fish for ponds. These fishes breed rapidly, grow to a large size, and live to a great age.


CARP, n. [Fr. and Port. carpe; Sp. carpa; It. carpione; Arm. carpen; Russ. karp; D. karper; G. karpfen; Dan. karpe; Sw. karp; Low L. carpio, from carpo, to seize.]

A fish, a species of Cyprinus, an excellent fish for ponds. These fishes breed rapidly, grow to a large size, and live to a great age. – Encyc.


CARP, v.i. [L. carpo, to seize, catch, pick; It. carpire; Sp. and Port. carpir, to tear or scratch. See Carve.]

Literally to snap or catch at, or to pick. Hence, to censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason, or petulantly; followed by at. No, not a tooth or nail to scratch, / And at my actions carp and catch. – Herbert.


Carp
  1. To talk; to speak; to prattle.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. To say; to tell.

    [Obs.]
  3. A fresh-water herbivorous fish (Cyprinus carpio.). Several other species of Cyprinus, Catla, and Carassius are called carp. See Cruclan carp.

    * The carp was originally from Asia, whence it was early introduced into Europe, where it is extensively reared in artificial ponds. Within a few years it has been introduced into America, and widely distributed by the government. Domestication has produced several varieties, as the leather carp, which is nearly or quite destitute of scales, and the mirror carp, which has only a few large scales. Intermediate varieties occur.

    Carp louse (Zoöl.), a small crustacean, of the genus Argulus, parasitic on carp and allied fishes. See Branchiura. -- Carp mullet (Zoöl.), a fish (Moxostoma carpio) of the Ohio River and Great Lakes, allied to the suckers. -- Carp sucker (Zoöl.), a name given to several species of fresh-water fishes of the genus Carpiodes in the United States; - - called also quillback.

  4. To find fault; to cavil; to censure words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly; -- usually followed by at.

    Carping and caviling at faults of manner.
    Blackw. Mag.

    And at my actions carp or catch.
    Herbert.

  5. To find fault with; to censure.

    [Obs.] Dryden.
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Carp

CARP, verb intransitive Literally, to snap or catch at, or to pick. Hence, to censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason, or petulantly; followed by at.

No, not a tooth or nail to scratch

And at my actions carp and catch. Herbert.

CARP, noun A fish, a species of cyprinus, an excellent fish for ponds. These fishes breed rapidly, grow to a large size, and live to a great age.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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