connected with natural objects.
1. Birds, Beasts, and
The Ass: Cross on the back. (See Ass.)
The Crossbill has nothing to do with the Christian cross; the
bird is so called, because its mandibles cross each other.
The finger-marks on the Haddock and John Dory. (See
Haddock, etc.) Ichthus, a fish. (See Ichthus.)
or Doves: The Russians are averse to pigeons as a food,
because the Holy Ghost assumed the form of a dove at the baptism of
Jesus. (Sporting Magazine, January, 1825, p. 307.)
The red breast. (See Robin.) Stork: The cry of the
Stork. (See Stork.) Swallow: The cry of the Swallow. (See Swallow.) Swine: The holes in the forefeet of Swine. (See Pigs.)
2. The Vegetable World.
The Arum, Aspen, Calvary-clover, Cedar (see also Cross),
Dwarf-elder, Judas-tree, Passion-flower, Purple Orchis, Red Anemone,
Rood Selken, Spotted Persicaria, Thistle.
(See these articles, and Flowers With Traditions Of Christ.)
3. The Number Thirteen. (See Thirteen.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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