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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tat·too n.  Mil. A beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp.
 The Devil's tattoo. See under Devil.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dev·il n.
 1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind.
    [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.   --Luke iv. 2.
    That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.   --Rev. xii. 9.
 2. An evil spirit; a demon.
    A dumb man possessed with a devil.   --Matt. ix. 32.
 3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. “That devil Glendower.”  “The devil drunkenness.”
    Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?   --John vi. 70.
 4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation. [Low]
    The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a timepleaser.   --Shak.
 The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
 But wonder how the devil they got there.   --Pope.
 5. Cookery A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
    Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron.   --Sir W. Scott.
 6. Manuf. A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.
 Blue devils. See under Blue.
 Cartesian devil. See under Cartesian.
 Devil bird Zool., one of two or more South African drongo shrikes (Edolius retifer, and Edolius remifer), believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
 Devil may care, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used adjectively. --Longfellow.
 Devil's apron Bot., the large kelp (Laminaria saccharina, and Laminaria longicruris) of the Atlantic ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped somewhat like an apron.
 Devil's coachhorse. Zool. (a) The black rove beetle (Ocypus olens). [Eng.] (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect (Prionotus cristatus); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
 Devil's darning-needle. Zool. See under Darn, v. t.
 Devil's fingers, Devil's hand Zool., the common British starfish (Asterias rubens); -- also applied to a sponge with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
 Devil's riding-horse Zool., the American mantis (Mantis Carolina).
 The Devil's tattoo, a drumming with the fingers or feet. “Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot heels.” --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
 Devil worship, worship of the power of evil; -- still practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil forces of nature are of equal power.
 Printer's devil, the youngest apprentice in a printing office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. “Without fearing the printer's devil or the sheriff's officer.” --Macaulay.
 Tasmanian devil Zool., a very savage carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania (Dasyurus ursinus syn.  Diabolus ursinus).
 To play devil with, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]