E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
At the battle of Muta, Jaafer carried the sacred banner of the Prophet. One hand being lopped off, he held it with the other; the other being struck off, he embraced it with his two stumps; his head being cleft in twain, he flung himself on the banner staff, and the banner was detained thus till Abdallah seized it and handed it to Khaled. A similar tale is told of Cynægros (q.v.).