E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Wife of Herculs, and the inadvertent cause of his death. Nessos told her that anyone to whom she gave a shirt steeped in his blood, would love her with undying love; she gave it to her husband, and it caused him such agony that he burnt himself to death on a funeral pile. Deianira killed herself for grief.