birth-strangled love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strangled or suffocated at birth.


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  • 'Finger of birth-strangled babe' is one of the ingredients of that widely-collected composition of the Macbeth witches.

    The Superstitions of Witchcraft

  • But the base suspicion was birth-strangled as they spoke again.

    In a Cellar

  • “Laird of Macfarlane’s geese, who liked their play better than their meat,” disposed of his time with the aid of cup and trencher, occasionally humming the burden of his birth-strangled ballad, and beating time to it with his fingers on the little round table.

    The Abbot


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