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Brilliant Emerald, Somatochlora metallica
2013-07-30 14:54:37

The brilliant emerald (Somatochlora metallica) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in northern areas of Eurasia. Its range includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. This species prefers to reside near still and slow-moving water sources like rivers, canals, ponds, and moorland lakes. It is common in most areas of its range, but its total population number and population trend is unknown. It is...

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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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