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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Milky Way (The).
A great circle of stars entirely surrounding the heavens. They are so crowded together that they appear to the naked eye like a “way” or stream of faint “milky” light. The Galaxy or Via Lacta.   1
“A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold
And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear,
Seen in the galaxy—that Milky Way,
Thick, nightly, as a circling zone, thou seest
Powdered with stars.”
Milton: Paradise Lost, vii. 577, etc.

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