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Derʹwentwaʹter

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Lord Derwentwater’s lights. The Auroʹra boreaʹlis; so called from James, Earl of Derwentwater, beheaded for rebellion February 24th, 1716. It is said that the northern lights were unusually brilliant on that night.

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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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Department
Dependence
Depinges
Deputations
Depute
Derbend [iron]
Derby Stakes
Derive
Dernier Ressort (French)
Derrick
Derwentwater
Desdemona (in Shakespeare’s Othello)
Desmas
Despair
Dessert
Destruction
Destructives (The)
Desultory
Detest
Deucalion
Deuce

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Aurora Borealis (Latin)

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