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King of Mauritaʹnia in Africa, fabled to have supported the world upon his shoulders. Of course, the tale is merely a poetical way of saying that the Atlas mountains prop up the heavens, because they are so lofty. We call a book of maps an “Atlas,” because it contains or holds the world. The word was first employed in this sense by Mercaʹtor, and the title-page of his collection of maps had the figure of Atlas with the world on his back.

Bid Atlas, propping heaven, as poets feign,

His subterranean wonders spread!”


Thomson: Autumn, 797–8.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Athens
Athole Brose (Scotch)
At Home (An)
Atin
Atkins
Atlantean Shoulders
Atlantes
Atlantes
Atlantic Ocean
Atlantis
Atlas
Atman
Atomic Philosophy
Atomic Theory
Atomic Volume
Atomic Weight
Atossa
Atrip
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Attic Bee (The)

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