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Black Sheep [Kârâ-Koin-loo]


A tribe of Turkomans, so called from their standards. This tribe was extirpated by the White Sheep (q.v.).

A Black Sheep. A disgrace to the family; a mauvais sujet; a workman who will not join in a strike. Black sheep are looked on with dislike by shepherds, and are not so valuable as white ones.


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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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Black Ox
Black Parliament
Black Prince
Black Republicans
Black Rod
Black Rood of Sootland
Black Russia
Black Saturday
Black Sea
Black Sheep [Kârâ-Koin-loo]
Black Standard
Black Strap
Black Swan
Black-thorn Winter (The)
Black Thursday
Black Tom
Black Watch
Black … White
Blacks (The)