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MARE

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 698 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MARE, the English term for the female of any animal of the family Equidae, of the ass, or zebra, but particularly of the horse. It is also used of the camel. To find a " mare's nest " is an old proverbial saying for a purely imaginary discovery. In " night-mare," an oppressive or terrifying dream, the termination is a word appearing as mar, maer and mara in various Teutoniclanguages for a goblin, supposed to sit on a sleeper's chest and cause these dreams: cf. elf. This Teutonic word also appears in the French cauchemar, the first part being from caucher, to tread or trample upon, Lat. calcare.
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