E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Capital of Balnibarbi, celebrated for its grand academy of projectors, where the scholars spend their time in such useful projects as making pincushions from softened rocks, extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, and converting ice into gunpowder. (Swift: Gullivers Travels, Voyage to Laputa.)