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n.1.Orig., an officer appointed to look to the goodness of ale and beer; also, one of the officers chosen by the liverymen of London to inspect the measures used in public houses. But the office is a sinecure. [Also called aletaster.]
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(8) It may be of interest to know that the State Library's Picture Collection also holds paintings by Fred Woodhouse Jnr of another three outstanding Australian racehorses--Wakeful, Poseidon and Aleconner.