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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Stable Keys,
as those of cow-houses, have frequently a perforated flint or horn appended to them. This is a charm to guard the creatures from nightmare. The flint is to propitiate the gnomes, and the horn to obtain the good graces of Pan, the protector of cattle.   1


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