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Melusines

(3 syl.). Gingerbread cakes bearing the impress of a beautiful woman “bien coiffée”, with a serpent's tail; made by confectioners for the May fair in the neighbourhood of Lusignan, near Poitiers. The allusion is to the transformation of the fairy Melusina every Saturday. (See above.)

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