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 Agathà (St.).Agdistes (self-indulgence). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Agave (3 syl.)
 
or “American aloe,” from the Greek, agauos, admirable. The Mexicans plant fences of Agav round their wigwams, as a defence against wild beasts. The Mahometans of Egypt regard it as a charm and religious symbol; and pilgrims to Mecca indicate their exploit by hanging over the door of their dwelling a leaf of Agav, which has the further charm of warding off evil spirits. The Jews in Cairo attribute a similar virtue to the plant, every part of which is utilised.   1
 


 Agathà (St.).Agdistes (self-indulgence). 

 
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