connected with natural objects.
1. Birds, Beasts, and
The Ass: Cross on the back. (See Ass.)
The Crossbill has nothing to do with the Christian cross; the
bird is so called, because its mandibles cross each other.
The finger-marks on the Haddock and John Dory. (See
Haddock, etc.) Ichthus,
a fish. (See
The Russians are averse to pigeons as a food,
because the Holy Ghost assumed the form of a dove at the baptism of
Jesus. (Sporting Magazine,
January, 1825, p. 307.)
The red breast. (See
The cry of the
The cry of the Swallow. (See
The holes in the forefeet of Swine. (See
2. The Vegetable World.
The Arum, Aspen, Calvary-clover, Cedar (see also Cross),
Dwarf-elder, Judas-tree, Passion-flower, Purple Orchis, Red Anemone,
Rood Selken, Spotted Persicaria, Thistle.
(See these articles, and Flowers With Traditions Of Christ.)
3. The Number Thirteen. (See Thirteen.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894