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 Colt’s Revolver.Col’umbine (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Colt’s-tooth.
 
The love of youthful pleasure. Chaucer uses the word “coltish” for skittish. Horses have at three years old the colt’s-tooth. The allusion is to the colt’s teeth of animals, a period of their life when their passions are strongest.   1
       
“Her merry dancing-days are done;
She has a colt’s-tooth still, I warrant.”
       
King: Orpheus and Eurydice
       
“Well said, Lord Sands;
       
Your colt’s-tooth is not cast yet.”
       
Shakespeare: Henry VIII., i. 3.
 


 Colt’s Revolver.Col’umbine (3 syl.). 

 
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