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Hermite

(2 syl.). Tristrem V Hermite or Sir Tristan V Ermite. Provostmarshal of Louis XI. He was the main instrument in carrying into effect the nefarious schemes of his wily master, who used to call him his gossip. (1405-1493.) Sir Walter Scott introduces him in Anne of Gierstein, and again in Quentin Durward.

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