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Narses (2 syl.)

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A Roman general against the Goths; the terror of children. (473–568.) (See Bogie.)

“The name of Narses was the formidable sound with which the Assyrian mothers were accustomed to terrify their infants.”—Gibbon: Decline and Fall, etc., viii. 219.

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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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