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Jambon

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A gun, so called from its fanciful resemblance to a “betterave” or jambon. The botanical name of the root is melochia.

“What would you do to me, brigand? … Give me fifty blows of a matraque, as your officer gave you last week for stealing his jambon?”—Ouida: Under Two Flags, chap. xvi.

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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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