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 Pis’tols.Pit-a-pat. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pistris, Pistrix, Pristis, or Pristrix.
 
The sea-monster sent to devour Androm’eda. In ancient art it is represented with a dragon’s head, the neck and head of a beast, fins for the forelegs, and the body and tail of a fish. In Christian art the pistris was usually employed to represent the whale which swallowed Jonah. (Aratus: Contmentaries.) Aratus died A.D. 213.   1
 


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