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 Quasimodo Sunday.Quatorziennes (fourteeners). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quas’sia.
 
An American plant, or rather genus of plants, named after Quassi, a negro.   1
        “Linnæus applied this name to a tree of Surinam in honour of a negro, Quassi, … who employed its bark as a remedy for fever; and enjoyed such a reputation among the natives as to be almost worshipped by some,”—Lindley and Moore: Treatise of Botany, part ii. p. 947.)
 


 Quasimodo Sunday.Quatorziennes (fourteeners). 

 
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