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proper nounGreek Mythology Roman Mythology
A centaur who was killed by Hercules, but whose blood soaked Hercules's tunic and consumed him in fire.
Nessus shirt (or shirt of Nessus)
Used to refer to a destructive or expurgatory force or influence.‘after the lost election of 1979 he found himself wearing this shirt of Nessus’
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