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 Phædria [wantonness].Phalanx. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The son of Phœbus, who undertook to drive the chariot of the sun, was upset, and caused great mischief; Libya was parched into barren sands, and all Africa was more or less injured, the inhabitants blackened, and vegetation nearly destroyed.   1
“Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phœbus’ mansion; such a waggoner
As Phæton would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately.”
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, iii. 2.
   Pha’eton. A sort of carriage; so called from the sun-car driven by Phaeton. (See above.)   2
   Phaeton’s bird. The swan. Cyenus was the friend of Phaeton, and lamented his fate so grievously that Apollo changed her into a swan, and placed her among the constellations.   3

 Phædria [wantonness].Phalanx. 


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