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 Charles and the Oak.Charleys, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Charles’s Wain.
 
The constellation called the Great Bear, which forms the outline of a wheelbarrow or rustic wagon. “Charles” is a corruption of the word churles, the farmer’s wagon. (Anglo-Saxon, ceorles wœn.)   1
   Sometimes still further corrupted into “King Charles’s wain.”   2
 


 Charles and the Oak.Charleys, 

 
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