A classic way of spelling Darawesh (king), a Persian
title of royalty. Gushtasp or Kishtasp assumed the title of darawesh on
ascending the throne, and is the person generally called Darius the
Seven princes of Persia agreed that he should be king whose horse
neighed first; as the horse of Darius was the first to neigh, Darius
was proclaimed king.
conquered by Alexander, was Dara, surnamed kuchek (the
younger). When Alexander succeeded to the throne, Dara sent to him for
the tribute of golden eggs, but the Macedonian returned for answer,
“The bird which laid them is flown to the other world, where Dara must
seek them.” The Persian king then sent him a bat and ball, in ridicule
of his youth; but Alexander told the messengers, with the bat he would
beat the ball of power from their master's hand. Lastly, Dara sent him
a bitter melon, as emblem of the grief in store for him; but the
Macedonian declared that he would make the Shah eat his own fruit.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894