FLOOD

FLOODn. A superior degree of dampness. Specifically, a great storm described by Berosus and Moses, when, according to the latter’s rain-gauge, there was a precipitation of moisture to the depth of one-eighth of a mile in twenty-four hours for forty days. The former did not measure, apparently, for he simply explains (in pretty good Greek) that it rained cats and dogs. The learned author of the cuneiform inscriptions from the Mesopotamian mounds draws a number of carpet-tacks on a brick to signify that it was “quite a smart shower considering the season.”