Glossary
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Nessus (n.)
centaur, shot by Hercules for attempting to rape Deianeira; Nessus gave her a poisonous liquid disguised as a love-potion, causing Hercules' death when he wore a shirt dipped in it see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
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