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Mathurin

(St.). Patron saint of idiots and fools. A pun on his name. (See below.)

The malady of St. Mathurin.
Folly, stupidity. A French expression. Maturins, in French argot, means dice, and “maturin plat,” a domino.

“Ces deux objets doivent leur nom a leur resemblance avec le costume des Trinitaires (vulgairement appeles Maturins), qui, chez nous, portaient une sontane de serge blanche sur laquelle, quand ils sortaient, ils jetaient un manteau noir.” —Francisque Michel.

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