A king of Egypt, who used to immolate to the gods all strangers who set foot on his shores. Hercules was seized by him; and would have fallen a victim, but he broke his chain, and slew the inhospitable king.
Vex'd the Red-Sea coast, whose waves o'er-threw Busiris and his Memphian chivalry.
Paradise Lost, book i. 306, 307.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894