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Arimaspians

A one-eyed people of Scythia, who adorned their hair with gold. They were constantly at war with the gryphons who guarded the gold mines.

As when a gryphon, through the wilderness ...
Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stealth
Had from his wakeful custody purloined
The guarded gold.

Milton: Paradise Lost, ii. 943.6)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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