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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
King of the Sea (The).
The herring.   1
        “The head of an average-sized whale is from fifteen to sixteen feet [about one-third the length], and the lips open some six or eight feet; yet to such a mouth there is scarcely any throat, not sufficiently large to allow a herring to pass down it. This little scaly fellow [the herring], some fourteen inches in length, would choke a monster whale, and is hence called ‘the king of the sea.’”—C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 132.

 King of the Peak (The).King of the Teign. 


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