Pro*ver"bi*al(?), a. [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.] 1. Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known; as, a proverbial expression; his meanness was proverbial.
In case of excesses, I take the German proverbial cure, by a hair of the same beast, to be the worst.Sir W. Temple.
2. Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb. "A proverbial obscurity."
Sir T. Browne.
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