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Peascod

Father of Peasblossom, if Bottom's pedigree may be accepted.

“I pray you commend me to Mistress Squash your mother, and to Master Peascod your father, good Master Peasblossom.” —Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 1.

Winter for shoeing, peascod for wooding.
The allusion in the latter clause is to the custom of placing a peascod with nine peas in it on the door-lintel, under the notion that the first man who entered through the door would be the husband of the person who did so. Another custom is alluded to by Browne

The peascod greene oft with no little toyle
Hee'd seeke for in the fattest, fertiPst soile,
And rend it from the stalke to bring it to her,
Apd in her bosome for acceptance woo her.

Britannia's Pastorals.

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