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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barbed Steed (a corruption of barded).
 
A horse in armour. (French, bardé, caparisoned.)   1
       
“And now, instead of mounting barbëd steeds
To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
He capers nimbly in a lady’s chamber,
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.”
       
Shakespeare: Richard III., act i. 1.
 


 Bar’becue (3 syl.).Barbel. 

 
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