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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Water-gall.
 
The dark rim round the eyes after much weeping. A peculiar appearance in a rainbow which indicates more rain at hand. “Gall” is the Anglo-Saxon gealew (yellow).   1
       
“And round about her tear-distainëd eye
Blue circles streamed, like rainbows in the sky;
These watergalls … foretell new storms.”
       
Shakespeare: Rape of Lucrece.
 


 Water.Water-hole. 

 
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