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 Lunar Year.Luncheon. (Welsh, llonc or llwnc, a gulp; llyncu, to swallow at a gulp.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lunatics.
 
Moon-struck persons. The Romans believed that the mind was affected by the moon, and that “lunatics” were more and more frenzied as the moon increased to its full. (See AVERTIN.)   1
        “The various mental derangements … which have been attributed to the influence of the moon, have given to this day the name lunatics to persons suffering from serious mental disorders.”—Crozier: Popular Errors, chap. iv. p. 53.
 


 Lunar Year.Luncheon. (Welsh, llonc or llwnc, a gulp; llyncu, to swallow at a gulp.) 

 
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