Cantabrian Surge

The Bay of Biscay. So called from the Cantabri who dwelt about the Biscayan shore. Suetonius tells us that a thunderbolt fell in the Cantabrian Lake (Spain) “in which twelve axes were found.”

(Galba, viii.)

She her thundering army leads
To Calpê [Gibraltar] ... or the rough
Cantabrian Surge.

Akenside: Hymn to the Naiades.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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