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Meliboean; Dye

A rich purple. Meliboea, in Thessaly, was famous for the ostrum, a fish used in dyeing purple.

A military vest of purple flowed,
Lovelier than Meliboean.

Milton: Paradise Lost, xi. 242.

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