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Crocum in Ciliciam ferre

To carry coals to Newcastle. As Cilicia abounds with saffron, to send it there would be needless and extravagant excess. For similar phrases, see Alcinoo Poma Dare, Noctuas Athenas, Coals.

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