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 Max’imus or Max’ime (2 syl.).May 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
May.
 
A lovely girl who married January, an old Lombard baron, sixty years of age. She had a liaison with a young squire named Damyan, and was detected by January; but she persuaded the old fool that his eyes were to blame and that he was labouring under a great mistake, the effect of senseless jealousy. January believed her words, and “who is glad but he?” for what is better than “a fruitful wife, and a confiding spouse?” (Chaucer: The Marchaundes Tale. Pope: January and May,)   1
 


 Max’imus or Max’ime (2 syl.).May 

 
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