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Ishmonie

The petrified city in Upper Egypt, full of men and women turned to stone. (Perry: View of the Levant.)

Marryat has borrowed the idea in his Pacha of Many Tales.

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