E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
On the marriage of Harmonia, Vulcan, to avenge the infidelity of her mother, made the bride a present of a robe dyed in all sorts of crimes, which infused wickedness and impiety into all her offspring. Both Harmonia and Cadmos, after having suffered many misfortunes, and seen their children a sorrow to them, were changed into serpents. (Pausanias, 9, 10.) (See NESSUS.)
Meda, in a fit of jealousy, sent Cresa a wedding robe, which burnt her to death. (Euripds: Medea.)