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 Bale.Balfour of Burley. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Balearica Tormenta.
 
Here tormenta means instruments for throwing stones. Cæsar (Gallic War, iv. 25) says: “Fundis, tormentis, sagittis hostes propellere.” The inhabitants of the Balearic Islands were noted slingers, and indeed owe their name to this skill. (Greek, ballo, to cast or hurl.) Pronounce Bal-e-ari-ca.   1
 


 Bale.Balfour of Burley. 

 
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