E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The country of paradoxes. The houses are built on the sand; the sea is higher than the shore; the keels of the ships are above the chimney-tops of the houses; and the cows tail does not grow downward, but is tied up to a ring in the roof of the stable. Butler calls it:
A land that rides at anchor and is moored,
In which they do not live, but go aboard.
Description of Holland.
(See also Don Juan, canto x. 63.)
Holland. A particular kind of cloth; so called because it used to be sent to Holland to be bleached. Lawn is cloth bleached on a lawn; and grass-lawn is lawn bleached on a grass-plat.
Bleaching is now performed by artificial processes.