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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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This letter is modified from the Hebrew À (aleph = an ox), which was meant to indicate the outline of an ox’s head.   1
   A among the Egyptians is denoted by the hieroglyphic which represents the ibis. Among the Greeks it was the symbol of a bad augury in the sacrifices.   2
   A in logic is the symbol of a universal affirmative. A asserts, E denies. Thus, syllogisms in bArbArA contain three universal affirmative propositions.   3
 


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