Moslem soldiers. The banner of the Abbasides (3 syl.) is
black; that of the Fatimites (3 syl.) green; and that of the
Ommiades (3 syl.) white. Hence the banner of the Kalif of Bagdad
is black, but that of the Sultan of Damascus is green. (Gibbon,
Pirates of the Chinese Sea who opposed the French in Tonquin, etc.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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