ambilevous


ambilevous
adjective /ˌæmbɪˈliːvəs/
<ref name="EOD"/><ref name="OED2"/> Having equally bad ability in both hands; clumsy; butterfingered.

Again, Some are as Galen hath expreſſed : that is, Ambilevous or left-handed on both ſides ; ſuch as with agility and vigour have not the uſe of either : who are not gymnaſtically compoſed : nor actively uſe thoſe parts. Now in theſe there is no right hand : of this conſtitution are many women, and ſome men, who though they accuſtome themſelves unto either hand, do dexterouſly make uſe of neither.


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  • Ambilevous — Am bi*le vous, a. [L. ambo both + laevus left.] Left handed on both sides; clumsy; opposed to {ambidexter}. [R.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ambilevous — Awkwardness in the use of both hands. SYN: ambisinister, ambisinistrous. [ambi + L. laevus, left] * * * am·bi·le·vous (am″bĭ leґvəs) [ambi + levo + ous] pertaining to or characterized by ambilevosity …   Medical dictionary

  • ambisinister — SYN: ambilevous. [ambi + L. sinister, left] * * * am·bi·sin·is·ter (am″bĭ sinґis tər) [ambi + sinister] ambilevous …   Medical dictionary

  • ambisinistrous — SYN: ambilevous. * * * am·bi·si·nis·trous (am″bĭ sĭ nisґtrəs) ambilevous …   Medical dictionary

  • Handedness — For other uses, see Handedness (disambiguation). Handedness (also referred to as chirality or laterality) is a human attribute defined by unequal distribution of fine motor skills between the left and right hands. An individual who is more… …   Wikipedia

  • ambisinistrous — adjective clumsy, ambilevous Ant: ambidextrous …   Wiktionary

  • ambidextrous — adjective a) Having equal ability in both hands; in particular, able to write equally well with both hands. b) Of a person, bisexual. Ant: ambilevous, ambisinistrous See Also: ambidexterity …   Wiktionary

  • ambidextrous — (adj.) 1640s, with OUS (Cf. ous), from ambidexter (adj.) double dealing (1610s), from Fr. ambidextre or directly from L. ambidexter, lit. right handed on both sides, from ambi both (see AMBI (Cf. ambi )) + dexter right handed (see …   Etymology dictionary