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Jeremiah

derived from “Cucumber.” The joke is this: King Jeremiah = Jere'-king, contracted in Jer'-kin', or gher-kin, and gherkin is a young cucumber.

The British Jeremiah.
Gibbon so calls Gildas, author of Lamentations over the Destruction of Britain (516-570).

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