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Isengrin

or Sir Isgrim, the wolf, afterwards created Earl of Pitwood, in the beast-epic of Reynard the Fox. Isengrin typifies the barons, and Reynard the church; and the gist of the tale is to show how Reynard bamboozles his uncle Wolf. (German, Isegrimm, a wolf, a surly fellow.)

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