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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cyan’ean Rocks (The).
The Symple’gads at the entrance of the Euxine Sea. Said to close together when a vessel attempted to sail between them, and thus crush it to pieces. Cyanan means dark, and Symplegds means dashers together.   1
        “Here are those hard rocks of trap, of a greenish-blue, coloured with copper, and hence called the Cyanean.”—Olivier.



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