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I might have guessed anything else -- a parrot, a little singing bird, or perhaps, a couple of grilli
Chico: the Story of a Homing Pigeon Lucy M. Blanchard
We took _locusts_ and _grilli_; we held them by their wings, and we presented them _with their own legs_ for dinner; and on our veracity we can affirm, that on no single occasion did the animal fail to seize his foot; and having demolished the toes and the tibia, with all the meat upon it, proceed to demolish up to the very end of the _trochanter_!
Another interesting shop here supplies Venetians with the small singing birds which they love so much, a cage by a window being the rule rather than the exception; and it was hereabouts that an old humorous greengrocer once did his voluble best to make me buy a couple of grilli, or crickets, in a tiny barred prison, to make their shrill mysterious music for me.
A Wanderer in Venice Harry [Illustrator] Morley 1903
Day; and, like the song of the grilli, its poetry stays in the warmth of the common hearth for the ears of the little children, and loses nothing of its melody.
Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida 1839-1908 Ouida 1873
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