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Mowis

The bridegroom of snow, who (according to American Indian tradition) wooed and won a beautiful bride; but when morning dawned, Mowis left the wigwam, and melted into the sunshine. The bride hunted for him night and day in the forests, but never saw him more.

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