This had been ascribed to a fictional "sandtrout" in Fremen folk stories.
The return of House Harkonnen to power generally is ascribed to adroit manipulation of the whale fur market and later consolidation with melange wealth from Arrakis.
"O.C. Bible: "Any sin can be ascribed, at least in part, to a natural bad tendency that is an extenuating circumstance acceptable to God."
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I think of them most warmly, as I do my natural parents, but to neither would I ascribe the business of having reared me, for it seems clear that it was the purposeful society that did so, and really nothing and no one else.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
No real revelation in all this: in modern times most of the mischief ascribed to the military has been wrought with the advice and consent of civil authority.