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1 By nestling in the dust. Throwing dust over the body was one of the ancient modes of purification.
2 "Lustrant," "perform a lustration." This was done by the Romans with a branch of laurel or olive, and sometimes bean-stalks were used.
3 The linnet, probably.
4 The "bull." This cannot possibly be the bittern, as some have suggested, for that is a large bird.
5 Supposed to be the Motacilla flava of Linneus, the spring wagtail.
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