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Mathʹurin (St.)

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Patron saint of idiots and fools. A pun on his name. (See below.)

The malady of St. Mathurin. Folly, stupidity. A French expression.

Maturins, in French argot, means dice, and “maturin plat,” a domino.

“Ces deux objets doivent leur nom a leur ressemblance avec le costume des Trinitaires (Yulgairement appeles Maturins), qui, chez nous, portaient une sontane de serge blanche sur laquelle, quand ils sortaient ils jetaient un manteau noir.”—Francisque Michel.

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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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Matadore
Matamoras
Matamore
Mate
Maté
Materialism
Matfellon
Mathew (Father)
Math isen
Mathurin (St.)
Matilda
Matriculate
Matter-of-fact
Matter’s afoot (The)
Matterhorn
Matthew (St.)
Matthew Bramble
Matthew Parker’s Bible
Matthews Bible
Matthias (St.)