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Poltroonʹ

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A coward. Menage derives it from the Italian poltro, a bed, because cowards feign themselves sick a-bed in times of war. Saumaise says it means “maimed of the thumb,” because in times of conscription those who had no stomach for the field disqualified themselves by cutting off their right thumb. More probably a poltroon is a hawk that will not or cannot fly at game. (See above.)

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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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Poll Men
Pollentē
Pollio
Pollux
Polly
Polonius
Polony
Polt-foot
Poltron
Poltroon
Polybotes
Polycletus
Polycrates
Polycrates Ring
Polycraticon
Polydamás
Polydore
Polypheme
Poma Alcinoo Dare
Pomatum