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 White Water-lotus [Pe-lien-kaou].White Witch (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
White Widow.
 
The Duchess of Tyrconnel, wife of Richard Talbot, Lord-deputy of Ireland under James II., created Duke of Tyrconnel a little before the king’s abdication. After the death of Talbot, a female, supposed to be his duchess, supported herself for a few days by her needle. She wore a white mask, and dressed in white. (Pennant: London, p. 147.)   1
 


 White Water-lotus [Pe-lien-kaou].White Witch (A). 

 
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