a curled love-lock.
|Hudibras Pt I canto 1 line 253: Like Sampson’s Heart-breakers, it grew / In time to make a Nation rue.|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 124: A red Heart-breaker next she mow’d off, A Wart that Dido was full proud of .|
|Ladies’ Dict. n.p.: A crevecoeur, by some called a heartbreaker, is the curled lock at the nape of the neck, and generally there are two of them [F&H].|
|Dict. Eng. Lang. n.p.: A cant name for a woman’s curls, supposed to break the hearts of all her lovers .|
|Gloss. (1888) I 412: heart-breaker. A jocular name for that kind of pendent curl which was called a love-lock.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 4: Accroche-coeurs, m. Small curls on the temples; ‘heart-breakers’; as worn by prostitutes’ bullies.|