accrued
grew over time
arcane
requiring of secret knowledge to be understood
costermongers
someone who sells produce from a barrow, cart or stall in the street
covetous
overly desirous of wealth or other properties
denizens
the inhabitants of a particular place
dog's nose
a drink made of beer and gin, sometimes with spices added
doughface
a pliable politician; someone from the Northern states of American who supports Southern slavery
eejit
Irish slang for idiot
esoteric
can only be understood be an enlightened inner circle
febrile
feverish
fetlocks
area above a horse's hooves
flintlock
a gun with flint in the hammer, the sparks from which ignite the powder
flunkey
a male servant who offers unconditional obedience
harlot
prostitute
hoary
ancient; showing signs of age
hornet
large stinging, flying insect
impecunious
poor; unable to pay for necessities
John Bull
A personification of Great Britain; a British person
Kaffirs
An offensive, racist term for black people
meretricious
relating to prostitution; deceptively showy
murphies
Irish slang for potatoes
ordnance
military supplies
redolence
pertaining to the odour of something
rookeries
dense slum housing; the term is particularly applied to slums in London
skylarking
boisterous play
snake-oil
fraudulent 'medicine' falsely claimed to cure all ills
sottish
fond of alcohol
surtout
a man's overcoat; a frock coat
tenacious
persistent and unyielding
vapid
lacking in flavour or significance
vituperative
harsh abuse or criticism
Yankee
American from the Northern states