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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Merian (French).
 
A whiting, or a hairdresser. Perruquiers are so called because at one time they were covered with flour like whiting prepared for the frying-pan.   1
        “M’adressant à un merlan qui filait une perruque sur un peigne de fer.”—Chateaubriand: Mémoires à Outre-Tombe.
 


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