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Gall of Pigeons

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The story goes that pigeons have no gall, because the dove sent from the ark by Noah burst its gall out of grief, and none of the pigeon family have had a gall ever since.

“For sinʹ the Flood of Noah

The dow she had nae gaʹ.”


Jamieson: Popular Ballads (Lord of Rorlin’s Daughter).

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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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Galen (g hard)
Galeotti (Martius)
Galerana (g hard)
Galère
Galesus (g hard)
Galiana (g hard)
Galimaufrey or Gallimaufrey (g hard)
Gall and Wormwood
Gall of Bitterness (The)
Gall of Pigeons
Gall’s Bell (St.)
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Gallicenæ
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