according to Milton, is twinkeeper with Death of the gates of
Hell. She sprang full-grown from the head of Satan.
... Woman to the waist, and fair,
But ending foul in many a scaly fold
Voluminous and vast, a serpent armed
With mortal sting.
Paradise Lost. ii. 650-653. Original
sin. (See Adam.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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