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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Black
 
for mourning was a Roman custom (Juvenal, x. 245) borrowed from the Egyptians.   1
   Black, in blazonry, means constancy, wisdom, and prudence.   2
   Black, in several of the Oriental nations, is a badge of servitude, slavery, and low birth. Our word blackguard seems to point to this meaning. The Latin niger meant bad, unpropitious. (See BLACKGUARD.)   3
 


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