(The). The third period of the War of the “Austrian
Succession,” between Maria Theresa of Austria and Friedrich II. of
Prussia. It began 1756, and terminated in 1763. At the close, Silesia
was handed over to Prussia.
Seven Years' War
between Sweden and Denmark (1563-1570). Erik XIV. of Sweden was
poisoned, and his successor put an end to the war.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894