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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bombas’tus.
 
The family name of Aureolus Paracelsus (1493–1541). He is said to have kept a small devil prisoner in the pommel of his sword.   1
       
“Bombastus kept a devil’s bird
Shut in the pommel of his sword,
That taught him all the cunning pranks
Of past and future mountebanks.”
       
S. Butler: Hudibras, part ii. 3.
 


 Bombastes Furio’so.Bon Gaultier Balls. 

 
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