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 Œil.Off (Saxon, of; Latin, ab, from, away). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Œil de Bœuf (L’).
A large reception-room (salle) in the palace of Versailles, lighted by round windows so called. The ceiling, decorated by Van der Meulen, contained likenesses of the children of Louis XIV, (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries).   1
   Les Fastes de l’Œil de Bœuf. The annals of the courtiers of the Grand Monarque; anecdotes of courtiers generally. The œil de bœuf is the round window seen in entresols, etc. The ante-room where courtiers waited at the royal chamber of Versailles had these ox-eye windows, and hence they were called by this name.   2

 Œil.Off (Saxon, of; Latin, ab, from, away). 


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