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Pelʹion

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Heaping Ossa upon Pelion. Adding difficulty to difficulty, embarrassment to embarrassment, etc. When the giants tried to scale heaven, they placed Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion for a scaling ladder.

“Ter sunt conāti imponĕre Pēlio Ossam”


Virgil: Georgics, i. 281.

⁂ A noteworthy hexameter verse. The i of “conati” does not elide, nor yet the o of “Pelio.”

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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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Pelias
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Pelides
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Pell-mell
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Pells
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Pelorus
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