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Craʹpaud or Johnny Crapaud

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A Frenchman; so called from the device of the ancient kings of France, “three toads erect, saltant.” (Guillim’s Display of Heraldrie, 1611.) Nostradaʹmus, in the sixteenth century, called the French “crapauds.”

Les anciens crapauds prenderont Sara (Nostradaʹmus). Sara is the word Aras reversed, and when the French under Louis XIV. took Aras from the Spaniards, this verse was quoted as a prophecy.

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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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