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Sir John Maundeville, speaking of the Pool of Silʹoe, says, “Fast by is the elder-tree on which Judas hanged himself … when he sold and betrayed our Lord.” Shakespeare, in Love’s Labour’s Lost, v. 2, says, “Judas was hanged on an elder.” (See Fig-tree.)        

“Judas he japed

With Jewish siller,

And sithen on an elder tree

Hanged himsel.”


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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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Elaine
Elasmotherium
Elberich
Elbow
Elbow Grease
Elbow Room
Elbows
Elden Hole
Elder Brethren
Elder-tree
Eleanor Crosses
Eleatic Philosophy
Elecampane and Amrida
Elector
Electricity (from the Greek elektron, amber)
Electro-Biology
Electro-Chemistry
Electuary
Eleemosynam
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