from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One of three sections into which serpents (Ophidia) have been divided, according as they are venomous or otherwise, the other section's being Innocua and Suspecta.
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Note 164: Joseph Shatzmiller, Recherches sur la communauté juive de Manosque (Paris, 1973), 133 — 34: "volentes ipsum infantem in dicto puteo demergere et aquam ipsius putey indeturpare et veneno afficere ita quod ex ipsa aqua deturpata et venenosa gustantes seu potantes ex ea nequarentur et morirentur." back
The popular proverb is, however, somewhat exaggerated, _Avenio ventosa, sine vento venenosa, cum vento fastidiosa_ (windy Avignon, pest-ridden when there is no wind, wind-pestered when there is).
Avignon is very much exposed to different winds, especially the Mistral, yet perhaps they are necessary, for, according to the adage, “Avenio ventosa, cum vento fastidiosa, sine vento venenosa,” the odours from the drains in some of the streets being very offensive.