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 Alexandrite (4 syl.).Alfa’der (father of all). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Alexis (St.).
Patron saint of hermits and beggars. The story goes that he lived on his father’s estate as a hermit till death, but was never recognised.   1
   He is represented, in Christian art, with a pilgrim’s habit and staff. Sometimes he is drawn as if extended on a mat, with a letter in his hand, dying.   2

 Alexandrite (4 syl.).Alfa’der (father of all). 

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