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 Calf-skin.Calibre [kal’i-ber]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cal’iban.
 
Rude, uncouth, unknown; as a Caliban style, a Caliban language. The allusion is to Shakespeare’s Caliban (The Tempest), in which character Lord Falkland, etc., said that Shakespeare had not only invented a new creation, but also a new language.   1
        “Satan had not the privilege, as Caliban, to use new phrases, and diction unknown.”—Dr. Bentley.
        Coleridge says, “In him [Caliban, as in some brute animals, this advance to the intellectual faculties, without the moral sense, is marked by the appearance of vice.”
        (Caliban is the “missing link” between brute animals and man.)
 


 Calf-skin.Calibre [kal’i-ber]. 

 
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