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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The name of three Romans, father, son, and grandson, who on separate critical emergencies (340,295, 279 B.C.) devoted themselves in sacrifice to the infernal gods in order to secure victory to the Roman arms; the name is mostly employed ironically.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Decius Mus'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/decius-mus.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.