E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Passelourdin (3 syl.).
A great rock near Poitiers, where there is a very narrow hole on the edge of a precipice, through which the university freshmen are made to pass, to matriculate them. The same is done at Mantua, where the freshmen are made to pass under the arch of St. Longinus. Passe-lourdan means lubber-pass.