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 Loup.Louvre of St. Petersburg (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Louvre [Paris].
 
A corruption of Lupara, as it is called in old title-deeds.   1
   Dagobert is said to have built here a hunting-seat, the nucleus of the present magnificent pile of buildings.   2
       
“He’ll make your Paris Louvre shake for it.”
       
Shakespeare: Henry V, ii. 4.
   Louvre. The tower or turret of a building like a belfry, originally designed for a sort of chimney to let out the smoke. (French, l’ouvert, the opening.)   3
   Louvre boards in churches. Before chimneys were used, holes were left in the roof, called loovers or leuver holes. From the French l’ouvert (the open boards).   4
 


 Loup.Louvre of St. Petersburg (The). 

 
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