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Water-gall

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The dark rim round the eyes after much weeping. A peculiar appearance in a rainbow which indicates more rain at hand. “Gall” is the Anglo-Saxon gealew (yellow).

“And round about her tear-distainëd eye

Blue circles streamed, like rainbows in the sky;

These watergalls … foretell new storms.”


Shakespeare: Rape of Lucrece.

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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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