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A hoax. Cornelissen, to try the gullibility of the public, reported in the papers that he had twenty ducks, one of which he cut up and threw to the nineteen, who devoured it greedily. He then cut up another, then a third, and so on till nineteen were cut up; and as the nineteenth was gobbled up by the surviving duck, it followed that this one duck actually ate nineteen ducks—a wonderful proof of duck voracity. This tale had the run of all the papers, and gave a new word to the language. (French, cane, a duck.) (Quetelet.)

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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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Campania
Campaspe
Campbells are Coming (The)
Campbellite
Campceiling
Campeador (cam-pa-dor)
Canace
Canache
Canada Balsam
Canaille (French, can-naye)
Canard
Canary (A)
Canary-bird (A)
Cancan
Cancel
Cancer (the Crab)
Candau les
Candidate
Candide
Candle
Candle-holder

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