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Tamerlane

(3 syl.). A corruption of Timour Lengh (Timour the Lame), one of the greatest warrior-kings that ever lived. Under him Persia became a province of Tartary. He modestly called himself Ameer (chief), instead of sultan or shah. (1380-1405.)

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