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 Barbazure (or Blue-Beard).Bar’becue (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barbe (Ste.).
 
The powder-room in a French ship; so called from St. Barbara, the patron saint of artillery. (See BARBARY.)   1
   A barbe de fou apprend-on à raire (French). An apprentice is taught to shave on the chin of a fool.   2
   Tel a fait sa barbe, qui n’est pas beau fils (French). You may waste half the day on making your toilet, and yet not come forth an Adonis. You cannot make a silk purse of a sow’s ear. Not every block will make a Mercury.   3
       
“Heap lying curls a million on your head;
On socks, a cubit high, plant your proud tread,
You’re just what you are—that’s all about it.”
       
Goethe: Faust (Dr. Anster), p. 163.
 


 Barbazure (or Blue-Beard).Bar’becue (3 syl.). 

 
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