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 Maiden of the Mist.Main-brace. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Maidenhair
 
(a fern, so-called from its hair-like stalks) never takes wet or moisture.   1
        “His skin is like the herb called true Maiden’s hair, which never takes wet or moisture, but still keeps dry, though laid at the bottom of a river as long as you please. For this reason it is called Adiantos.”—Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 24.
 


 Maiden of the Mist.Main-brace. 

 
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