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 Lusus Natu’ræ.Lute’tia. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lutestring.
 
A glossy silk; a corruption of the French word lustrine (from lustre).   1
   To speak in lutestring. Flash, highly-polished oratory. The expression was first used in Junius. Shakespeare has “taffeta phrases and silken terms precise.” We call inflated speech “fustian” (q.v.) or “bombast” (q.v.); say a man talks stuff; term a book or speech made up of other men’s brains, shoddy (q.v.); sailors call telling a story “spinning a yarn,” etc. etc.   2
 


 Lusus Natu’ræ.Lute’tia. 

 
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