Allodials to Aloe
Allodials Lands which are held by an absolute right, without even the burden of homage or fidelity; opposed to feudal. The word is Teutonic - all-od all (property).
Allopathy is in opposition to Homoeopathy. The latter word is from the Greek, homoeon pathos, similar disease; and the former is allo pathos, a different disease. In one case, "like is to cure like"; and in the latter, the disease is cured by its "antidote."
Alls The five Alls. A public-house sign. It has five human figures, with a motto to each:
Several of these signs still exist.
Alls. Tap-droppings. The refuse of all sorts of spirits drained from the glasses, or spilt in drawing. The mixture is sold in gin-houses at a cheap rate.
Allworth In A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Massinger.
Allworthy in Fielding's Tom Jones, is designed for the author's friend, Ralph Allen, of Bristol.
"Let humble Allen, with an awkward shame,
Alma (the human soul), queen of "Body Castle," beset by enemies for seven years (the Seven Ages of Man). The besiegers are a rabble rout of evil desires, foul imaginations, and silly conceits. Alma conducted Arthur and Sir Guyon over her castle. "The divine part of a man," says Spenser, "is circular, a circle being the emblem of eternity; but the mortal part triangular, as it consists of three things - blood, flesh, and bones." - Prior's Poem.
Alma Mater A collegian so calls the university of which he is a member. The words are Latin for "fostering mother."
"Expulsion from his Alma Mater." - The Collegian and the Porter.
Almack's A suite of assembly rooms in King Street, St. James's (London), built in 1765 by a Scotchman named Macall, who inverted his name to obviate all prejudice and hide his origin. Balls, presided over by a committee of ladies of the highest rank, used to be given at these rooms; and to be admitted to them was as great a distinction as to be presented at Court. The rooms were afterwards known as Willis's, from the name of the next proprietor, and used chiefly for large dinners. They were closed in 1890
Almagest The Syntaxis-megiste of Ptolemy, translated by the Arabians in 800, by order of the calif Al Maimon, and then called Al-maghesti, i.e. "the megiste." It contains numerous observations and problems of geometry and astronomy: It is very rare, and more precious than gold.
Alman a German. The French Allemand, a German, which, of course, is the classic Alamani or Alamanni. Similarly, Almany = Germany, French, Allemagne.
"Chonodomarius and Vestralpus, Aleman kings, ... sat them downe neere unto Argentoratum." Holland: Ammianus Marcellius.
"Now Fulko comes ... And dwelt in Amany." - Harrington: Orlando Furioso , iii. 30.
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