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The grass-plot round a sun-dial (called a wabe because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it and a long way beyond it on each side) (“Jabberwocky” in “Through the Looking Glass”).
Also “the side of a hill (from its being soaked by rain)” (“Jabberwocky” in “Mischmasch”). [J.F.]
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
Invented term from Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, in “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”, 1871. Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky, an earlier version of the poem in the publication “Mischmasch”. [J.F.]
Through the Looking Glass