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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nativity (The)
means Christmas Day, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.   1
   The Cave of the Nativity is under the chancel of the “church of the Nativity.” In the recess, a few feet above the ground is a stone slab with a star cut in it, to mark the spot where the Saviour was born. Near it is a hollow scraped out of the rock, said to be the place where the infant Jesus was laid.   2
   To cast a man’s nativity is to construct a plan or map out of the position, etc., of the twelve houses which belong to him, and to explain the scheme.   3



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