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St. Barbary, the patron saint of arsenals and powder magazines. Her father delivered her up to Martian, governor of Nicomeʹdia, for being a Christian. After she had been subjected to the most cruel tortures, her unnatural father was about to strike off her head, when a lightning flash laid him dead at her feet. Hence, those who invoke saints select St. Barbary in thunderstorms. (See Barbe.)

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Roan Barbary. The favourite horse of Richard II. (See Horse.)

“O, how it yearned my heart when I beheld

In London streets that coronation day.

When Bolingbroke rode on roan Barbary!

That horse that thou [Rich. II.] so often hast bestrid,

That horse that I so carefully have dressed.”


Shakespeare: Richard II., v. 5.

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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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Bar (Trial at)
Barabas
Barataria
Barăthron
Barb
Barb
Barbari
Barbarians
Barbarossa [Red-beard, similar to Rufus]
Barbary
Barbason
Barbazure (or Blue-Beard)
Barbe (Ste.)
Barbecue
Barbed Steed (a corruption of barded)
Barbel
Barbeliots
Barber
Barber Poet
Barber’s Pole

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