(gutta serena). An old name for amaurosis. It was at one
time thought that a transparent, watery humour, distilling on the optic
nerve, would produce blindness without changing the appearance of the
“So thick a `drop serene' hath quenched these orbs.”Milton:
Paradise Lost, iii. 25.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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