A nasty, licentious, obscene fellow. Bel-Phegor was a
Moabitish deity, whose rites were celebrated on Mount Phegor, and were
noted for their obscenity. The Standard, speaking of certain
museums in London, says, “When will men cease to be deluded by these
unscrupulous Belphegors?” (meaning “quacks”).
Phegor, Phogor, or Peor, a famous mountain beyond the Jordan. Nebo
and Pisgah were neighbouring mountains. Beth-Peor is referred to in
Deut. iii. 29.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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