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 Harpies (2 syl.).Har’ridan. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Harpoc’rates (4 syl.).
 
The Greek form of the Egyptian god Har-pi-kruti (Horus the Child), made by the Greeks and Romans the god of silence. This arose from a pure misapprehension. It is an Egyptian god, and was represented with its “finger on its mouth,” to indicate youth, but the Greeks thought it was a symbol of silence.   1
        “I assured my mistress she might make herself perfectly easy on that score [his mentioning a certain matter to anyone], for I was the Harpocrates of trusty valets.”—Gil Blas, iv. 2 (1715).
 


 Harpies (2 syl.).Har’ridan. 

 
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