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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Christian Traditions,
 
connected with natural objects.   1
   1. Birds, Beasts, and Fishes.   2
   The Ass: Cross on the back. (See Ass.)   3
   Bunting. (See YELLOW-HAMMER.)   4
   The Crossbill has nothing to do with the Christian cross; the bird is so called, because its mandibles cross each other.   5
   Haddock: The finger-marks on the Haddock and John Dory. (See HADDOCK, etc.)   6
   Ichthus, a fish. (See ICHTHUS.)   7
   Pike’s Head (q.v.).   8
   Pigeons or Doves: The Russians are averse to pigeons as a food, because the Holy Ghost assumed the form of a dove at the baptism of Jesus. (Sporting Magazine, January, 1825, p. 307.)   9
   Robin Redbreast: The red breast. (See ROBIN.)   10
   Stork: The cry of the Stork. (See STORK.)   11
   Swallow: The cry of the Swallow. (See SWALLOW.)   12
   Swine: The holes in the forefeet of Swine. (See PIGS.)   13
   2. The Vegetable World.   14
   The Arum, Aspen, Calvary-clover, Cedar (see also CROSS), Dwarf-elder. Judas-tree, Passion-flower, Purple Orchis, Red Anemone, Rood Selken, Spotted Persicaria, Thistle.   15
   (See these articles, and FLOWERS WITH TRADITIONS OF CHRIST.)   16
   3. The Number Thirteen. (See THIRTEEN.)   17
 


 Christian [ch = k].Christian’a [ch = k]. 

 
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