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 Mess = 4.Messali’na of Germany (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Messali’na.
 
Wife of the Emperor Claudius of Rome. Her name has become a byword for lasciviousness and incontinency. Catherine II. of Russia is called The Modern Messali’na (1729–1796). (See MAROZIA.)   1
 


 Mess = 4.Messali’na of Germany (The). 

 
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