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A lovely girl who married January, an old Lombard baron, sixty years of age. She had a liaison with a young squire named Damyan, and was detected by January; but she persuaded the old fool that his eyes were to blame and that he was labouring under a great mistake, the effect of senseless jealousy. January believed her words, and “who is glad but he?” for what is better than “a fruitful wife, and a confiding spouse?” (Chaucer: The Marchaundes Tale. Pope: January and May,)

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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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Mauvais Ton (French)
Mauvaise Honte (French)
Mauvaise Plaisanterie (A)
Mavournin
Mawther
Mawworm
Max
Max ORell
Maximum and Minimum
Maximus or Maxime
May
May
May-day
May-duke Cherries
May Meetings
May Molloch
May-pole, May-queen, etc
May-pole (London)
Mayeux
“Mayflower” (The)
Mayonnaise

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May