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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HELLIE-LAMB, n.comb. “A ludicrous designation given to a hump on the back” (Cld. 1825 Jam.).

[From Halie = lamb, as if the person were carrying a lamb on his back. For halie, cf. the notion of deformity as a special dispensation of God and various phrs. under Guild, III. 5. (2). Cf. also halie-hoo s.v. Hoo, n.2]

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