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 Dolorous Dettie (The).Dolphin (The), 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Called a sea-goose (oie de mer) from the form of its snout, termed in French bec d’oie (a goose’s beak). The dolphin is noted for its changes of colour when taken out of the water.
“Parting day
Dies like the dolphin, whom each pang imbues
With a new colour as it gasps away,
The last still loveliest.”
Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 29.

 Dolorous Dettie (The).Dolphin (The), 


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