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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Twelfth Cake.
 
The drawing for king and queen is a relic of the Roman Saturna’lia. At the close of this festival the Roman children drew lots with beans to see who would be king. Twelfth Day is twelve days after Christmas, or the Epiphany.   1
 


 Twelfth (The),Twelfth Night (Shakespeare). 

 
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