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 Crystal’line (3 syl.).Cuba. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cub.
 
An ill-mannered lout. The cub of a bear is said to have no shape until its dam has licked it into form.   1
       
“A bear’s a savage beast, of all
Most ugly and unnatural;
Whelped without form until the dam
Has licked it into shape and frame.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, i. 3.
 


 Crystal’line (3 syl.).Cuba. 

 
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