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Mournival

Four cards all alike, as four aces, four kings, etc., in a game of cards called Gleek. Gleek is three cards alike.

A mournival of aces, gleek of knaves,
Just nine a-piece.

Albumazar, iii. 5.

Poole in his English Parnassus called the four elements Nature's first mournival.

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