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 Malaprop (Mrs.),Malbrouk or Marlbrough (Marlbro’), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Malbec’co.
 
A “cankered, crabbed earl,” very wealthy, but miserly and mean. He seems to be the impersonation of self-inflicted torments. He married a young wife named Helenore, who set fire to his house, and eloped with Sir Pari’del. Malbecco cast himself over a high rock, and all his flesh vanished into thin air, leaving behind nothing but his ghost, which was metamorphosed into Jealousy. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iii.)   1
 


 Malaprop (Mrs.),Malbrouk or Marlbrough (Marlbro’), 

 
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