British history a guinea decorated with a spade-shaped shield, coined during the reign of George III
Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?
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A genial sort of custom, no doubt, but fancy the emulation and the heart-burning over the spade-guinea!Amaryllis at the Fair|Richard Jefferies