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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Subvol’vans or Subvolva’ni.
 
The antagonists of the Privolvans in Samuel Butler’s satirical poem called The Elephant in the Moon.   1
       
“The gallant Subvolvani rally,
And from their trenches make a sally.”
       
Verse 83, etc.
 


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