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Cortina

The skin of the serpent Pytho, which covered the tripod of the Pythoness when she delivered her oracles. “Tripodas cortina tegit” ( Prudentius: Apophthegmata, 506); also the tripod itself, or the place where the oracle was delivered. (Virgil: AEneid, vi. 345.) “Neque te Phoebi cortina fefellit.”

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