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Pyramus

The lover of Thisbë. Supposing Thisbe to be torn to pieces by a lion, he stabbed himself, and Thisbe, finding the dead body, stabbed herself also. Both fell dead under a mulberry-tree, which has ever since borne bloodred fruit. Shakespeare has a travesty of this tale in his Midsummer Night's Dream. (Ovid: Metamorphoses, bk. iv.)

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