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Lion's Claws

Commonly used as ornaments to the legs of furniture, as tables, chairs, etc.; emblematical of strength and stability. The Greeks and Romans employed, for the same purpose, the hoofs of oxen.

“Les soutiens des tables et des trépieds [in Greece and Rome] se terminaiént souvent en forme de piedes de & boeuf;, pour exprimer la force et la stabilité.” —Noel: Dictionnaire de la Fable, vol. i. p. 237, col. 2.

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