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Thread #58211 Message #920305
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
28-Mar-03 - 04:30 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: What was behind virgins wearing laurels?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What was behind virgins wearing laurels?
(Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary)
laurel, n. sweet bay tree (Laurus nobilis) used by the ancients for making honorary wreaths.....
laureate adj. crowned with laurel.-n.one crowned with laurel: a poet laureate...
Does this mean these songs describe a 'virgin laureate' ?
Laurel survives the winter weather, to be seen in successsive years. This make the bay tree both 'laurel and hardy!! (Big GROAN)