As Bloom takes a bite of his gorgonzola sandwich, the "yellow blobs" of mustard under the cheese declare their potency: "A warm shock of air heat of mustard hanched on Mr Bloom's heart." "Hanch" is a rare verb from the British Isles (Gifford calls it "Scots dialect") that means to snap at noisily and greedily. The OED's definition is vivid: "To snatch, snap at, or bite with violent or noisy action of the jaws; said of large dogs, wild beasts, cannibals, or greedy men."

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