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Ostrich Brains

It was Heliogabalus who had battues of ostriches for the sake of their brains. Smollett says “he had six hundred ostriches compounded in one mess.” (Peregrine Pickle.)

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