(Latin, on the left hand). According to augury, birds,
etc., appearing on the left-hand side forbode illluck; but, on the
right-hand side, good luck. Thus, corva sinistra (a crow on the
left-hand) is a sign of
ill-luck which belongs to English superstitions as much as to the
ancient Roman or Etruscan.(Virgil: Eclogues, i. 18.)
That raven on yon left-hand oak (Curse on his ill-betiding croak)
Bodes me no good.
Gay: Fable xxxvii.
Sinister. (See Bar Sinister.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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