(3 syl.). A pompous, ranting character in Preston's lamentable tragedy of that name.
“Give me a cup of sack, to make mine eyes look red: for I must speak in passion, and I will do it in King Cambyses' vein.” —Shakespeare: I Henry IV., ii. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894