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 Pygma’lion.Pyl’ades and Orestes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pyg’mies (2 syl.).
 
A nation of dwarfs on the banks of the Upper Nile. Every spring the cranes made war upon them and devoured them. They cut down every corn-ear with an axe. When Hercules went to the country they climbed up his goblet by ladders to drink from it; and while he was asleep two whole armies of them fell upon his right hand, and two upon his left; but Hercules rolled them all in his lion’s skin. It is easy to see how Swift has availed himself of this Grecian legend in his Gulliver’s Travels. Stanley met with a race of Pygmies in his search for Emin Pasha.   1
 


 Pygma’lion.Pyl’ades and Orestes. 

 
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