Brownie

Definitions

  • Brownie
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brownie square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
    • n brownie (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
    • n Brownie a junior Girl Scout
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate Timeline:1824: John Cadbury, an English Quaker, begins roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop. In 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England creates the first chocolate bar. 1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixes Henri Nestle's condensed milk with chocolate and the two men found a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate. 1894: Milton Hershey adds a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invents the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey's Cocoa appears next. 1896: Leonard Hershfield invents the Tootsie Roll, named after his daughter. 1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue. 1940: The Mars company invents M&M's for soldiers going to World War II.
    • n Brownie An imaginary good-natured spirit, who was supposed often to perform important services around the house by night, such as thrashing, churning, sweeping.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Brownie box camera, introduced by Eastman Kodak, sold for $1.00 in 1900. The camera's 6-exposure film sold for 15 cents.
    • n brownie In Scotland, a spirit supposed to haunt houses, particularly farm-houses. The brownie was believed to be very useful to the family, particularly if treated well by them, and to the servants, for whom while they slept he was wont to do many pieces of drudgery. In appearance the brownie was said to be meager, shaggy, and wild.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brownie brown′i a kind of domestic spirit in the folklore of Scotland, represented as a good-humoured, drudging goblin, who attached himself to farmhouses, and occupied himself overnight in churning, thrashing corn, and the like.
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Idioms

Brownie points - If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from its supposed tawny, or swarthy, color
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Brown.

Usage

In literature:

He was a little, flat-faced, brownie sort of boy, whom everybody loved.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
The Adventures of a Brownie.
"Miss Ashton's New Pupil" by Mrs. S. S. Robbins
You have heard; Brownie, to your work!
"The Fairy Nightcaps" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
He beckoned one of the busy, dwarfish little brownies toward him.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Write for the Book of Brownies.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Joel weighed two hundred and eighteen pounds and called himself Little Brownie and Pet Chickie!
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Perhaps Brownie had drunk it up, anyhow nobody could say that he hadn't.
"The Adventures of A Brownie" by Miss Mulock
The teacher remarked that it was time for the brownies to come.
"Primary Handwork" by Ella Victoria Dobbs
Who or what was this sprite, this Brownie?
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
Am I to have it for nothing, Brownie?
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
And for the Little People, what shall I say they are but just my Brownies, God bless them!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Contributor to the Brownies Book.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Sometimes they took the form of friendly brownies who would thresh straw and beans.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright
Then leaving it to starve, Thistle flew out of the wood, sure that the Brownies would not catch him.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
It was out on the hill that Kari told about the Goodfields brownie in the old days.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
Brownie was not in it!
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
To introduce our big Catalogue of 1000 new articles, we send the Brownies postpaid for 10c.
"Harper's Round Table, May 7, 1895" by Various
To introduce our big Catalogue of 1000 new articles, we send the Brownies postpaid for 10c.
"Harper's Round Table, May 28, 1895" by Various
To Sigurd's dismay and annoyance that brownie of the garden refused to play the game.
"Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road" by Katharine Lee Bates
This, the first of the Brownies, is really responsible for the entire line of these popular cameras.
"Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, 1914" by Canadian Kodak Company
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In poetry:

An' envy, slander, sigh, and pray,
An' cheat, an' lie, a' in a day;
Auld Satan did his brownies lead,
To places where they cam' good speed;
"Address To Satan" by Susannah Hawkins
"My father was a Brownie, Sir;
My mother was a Fairy.
The notion had occurred to her,
The children would be happier,
If they were taught to vary.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
So with a yawn I went my way
To seek the welcome downy,
And slept, and dreamed till break of day
Of Poltergeist and Fetch and Fay
And Leprechaun and Brownie!
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
The greens of the Ganges delta foliate.
Of heartless youth made late aware he pled:
Brownies, please come.
To Henry in his sparest times sometimes
the little people spread, & did friendly things;
then he was glad.
"Dream Song 27: "The greens of the Ganges delta foliate."" by John Berryman
I have a loaf of bread and some murphies that I shook,
Perhaps a loaf of brownie that I snavelled off the cook,
A nice leg of mutton, just a bit cut off the end,
Oh isn't it nice and jolly to be whaling in the bend!
"Shearers Song" by Anonymous Oceania
Oh! I wish I were a tiny browny bird from out the south,
Settled among the alder-holts, and twittering by the stream;
I would put my tiny tail down, and put up my tiny mouth,
And sing my tiny life away in one melodious dream.
"Valentine's Day" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Kid-friendly brussels sprouts , Chocolate pudding, Salsa recipe from Via Maria restaurant in Cypress, Brownie recipe similar to Helms Bakery in Culver City.
(CBS News) An ingredient you WON'T find in our brownies could become a growth industry in Colorado and Washington State, following popular votes in those states.
Brownie Carney , 87, of Chattanooga passed away on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012.Mr.
A Butterfinger brownie, chocolate chip cupcake and pumpkin loaf at Little Cups & Grown Ups in Battle Ground.
Chair of CU-Boulder's History Department distressed by pot brownie 'attack'.
Two Colorado University students made their first appearance in court facing felony charges for bringing brownies laced with marijuana to one of their history classes.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust.
I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and knew it was the perfect thing for Dee's Birthday.
Where did the idea for Mexican Brownies come from.
It would not feel like Christmas if we didn't have our cookies, cake-balls, brownies, pies and hot cocoa .
Chocolaty peppermint bark brownies.
Two Colorado University students made their first appearance in court facing felony charges for bringing brownies laced with marijuana to one of their history classes .
CU students charged with serving pot brownies to class .
Pot brownie suspect faces 18 felony charges for classroom incident.
Students arrested for serving pot brownies.
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In science:

This process was coined by Benjamini and Wilson [BW03] “excited random walk” (though the name “brownie walk” might describe it better).
Excited random walk in two dimensions has linear speed
Boos, D. D. and Brownie, C. (1992). A rank-based mixed model approach to multisite clinical trials.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
Yoshizaki, J., Pollock, K. H., Brownie, C., and Webster, A. (2009).
Mark-Recapture with Multiple Non-invasive Marks
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