Erra-Pater

An almanack. William Lilly, the almanack-maker and astrologer, is so called by Butler. It is said to have been the “name” of an eminent Jewish astrologer. (Halliwell: Archaic Dictionary.)

In mathematics he was greater
Than Tycho Brahe or Erra Pater.

Butler: Hudibras, i. 1.

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