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Huniades, Hunniades

or Hunyady (4 syl.). One of the greatest captains of the fourteenth century. The Turks so much feared him that they used his name for scaring children. (1400-1456.) (See Bogie.)

“The Turks employed this name to frighten their perverse children. He was corruptly denominated `Jancus lain.' ” —Gibbon: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, xii. 166.

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