James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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Scarbet / in some places of Englande is called a dorre / in som other places a shernebod / it is lyke a humbullbee it is blacke / it fleeth in the euenyng and falleth in beastis donge.
Gentian Hervet, Erasmus's De Immensa Dei Misericordia (1526)

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