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Tear Handkerchief

(The). A handkerchief blessed by the priest and given, in the Tyrol, to a bride, to dry her tears. At death, this handkerchief is laid in her coffin over the face of the deceased.

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