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Roque

(1 syl.). A blunt, feeling old man in the service of Donna Floranthe. (George Colman: The Mountaineers.)

Saint Roque.
Patron saint of those who suffer from plague or pestilence; this is because “he worked miracles on the plague-stricken, while he was himself smitten with the same judgment.”

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