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 DelightDella Crus’cans or Della Crus’can School. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
From the Latin lira (the ridge left by the plough), hence the verb de-lira’re, to make an irregular ridge or balk in ploughing. Deli’rus is one whose mind is not properly tilled or cultivated, a person of irregular intellect; and delirium is the state of a person whose mental faculties are like a field full of balks or irregularities. (See PREVARICATION.)   1

 DelightDella Crus’cans or Della Crus’can School. 


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