E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Kirkrapine (3 syl.).
While Una was in the hut of Corcca, Kirkrapine forced his way in; but the lion, springing on him, tore him to pieces. The meaning is that Romanism was increased by rapine, but the English lion at the Reformation put an end to the rapacity of monks. (Spenser: Faërie Queen, bk. i.)