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Bombasʹtus

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The family name of Aureolus Paracelsus (1493–1541). He is said to have kept a small devil prisoner in the pommel of his sword.

“Bombastus kept a devil’s bird

Shut in the pommel of his sword,

That taught him all the cunning pranks

Of past and future mountebanks.”


S. Butler: Hudibras, part ii. 3.

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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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