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 Bee-line.Beef, Ox. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Jupiter was nourished by bees in infancy. (See ATHENIAN BEE, p. 72, col. 1.)   1
   Pindar is said to have been nourished by bees with honey instead of milk.   2
   The coins of Ephesus had a bee on the reverse.   3
   The Greeks consecrated bees to the moon.   4
   With the Romans a flight of bees was considered a bad omen. Appian (Civil War, book ii.) says a swarm of bees lighted on the altar and prognosticated the fatal issue of the battle of Pharsala.   5
   The priestesses of Cers were called bees.   6
   In Christian Art St. Ambrose is represented with a beehive, from the tradition that a swarm of bees settled on his mouth in his infancy.   7

 Bee-line.Beef, Ox. 


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