By Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Brewer's Dictionary of word & Fable has been a lot enjoyed for its wit and knowledge in view that 1870. This iconic reference booklet will take you on an enthralling experience via its precise mix of language, tradition, fantasy and legend.

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A fountain of Boeotia at the foot of Mount Helicon, dedicated to the Muses, because it had the virtue of imparting poetic inspiration. ). ) A love—feast. The early Christians held a love—feast before or after communion, when contributions were made for the poor. These feasts became a scandal, and were condemned at the Council of Carthage, 397. ). A somewhat disreputable association of men and women living promiscuously on a common fund, which existed for a time at Charlynch, near Bridgewater, in Somersetshire.

Sailors say it is fatal to shoot an albatross. Coleridge's Ancient Mariner is founded on this superstition. Albert (An) A chain from the waistcoat pocket to a button in front of the waistcoat. So called from Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria. When he went to Birmingham, in 1849, he was presented by the jewellers of the town with such a chain, and the fashion took the public fancy. Albertazzo (in Orlando Furioso) married Alda, daughter of Otho, Duke of Saxony. His sons were Hugh or Ugo, and Fulke or Fulco.

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 59 Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Ring the alarum bell! ” Shakespeare: Macbeth, ii. 3. Alasnam Alasnam's lady. In the Arabian Nights' Tales Alasnam has eight diamond statues, but had to go in quest of a ninth more precious still, to fill the vacant pedestal. The prize was found in the lady who became his wife, at once the most beautiful and the most perfect of her race. ” — Sir Walter Scott. Alasnam's Mirror The “touch—stone of virtue,” given to Alasnam by one of the Genii.

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