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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tulcan Bishops.
 
Certain Scotch bishops appointed by James I., with the distinct understanding that they were to hand over a fixed portion of the revenue to the patron. A tulcan is a stuffed calfskin, placed under a cow that withholds her milk. The cow, thinking the “tulcan” to be her calf, readily yields her milk to the milk-pail.   1
 


 Tuileries (Paris) [tile-kilns].Tulip. 

 
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