Alexanders


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alexanders

(ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndəz)
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1. (Plants) a biennial umbelliferous plant, Smyrnium olusatrum, native to S Europe, with dense umbels of yellow-green flowers and black fruits
2. (Plants) golden alexanders an umbelliferous plant, Zizia aurea, of North America, having yellow flowers in compound umbels
[Old English, from Medieval Latin alexandrum, probably (through association in folk etymology with Alexander the Great) changed from Latin holus atrum black vegetable]
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Noun1.alexanders - European herb somewhat resembling celery widely naturalized in Britain coastal regions and often cultivated as a potherbAlexanders - European herb somewhat resembling celery widely naturalized in Britain coastal regions and often cultivated as a potherb
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Smyrnium, Smyrnium - Alexanders
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For it was to his own room that Alexander had been promoted; there was the old paper with the device of flowers, in which a cunning fancy might yet detect the face of Skinny Jim, of the Academy, John's former dominie; there was the old chest of drawers; there were the chairs - one, two, three - three as before.
He was thus lying, and looking, and dreaming, hanging, as it were, between two epochs of his life, when Alexander came to the door, and made his presence known in a loud whisper.
On approaching Alexander he raised his hat, and as he did so, Rostov, with his cavalryman's eye, could not help noticing that Napoleon did not sit well or firmly in the saddle.
In spite of the trampling of the French gendarmes' horses, which were pushing back the crowd, Rostov kept his eyes on every movement of Alexander and Bonaparte.
Alexander sat down in a high-backed chair and began to pour it, while Wilson sank into a low seat opposite her and took his cup with a great sense of ease and harmony and comfort.
Alexander asked, after showing gracious concern about his tea.
and four little boy pigs, called Alexander, Pigling Bland, Chin- chin and Stumpy.
Suddenly there were fearful squeals; Alexander had squeezed inside the hoops of the pig trough and stuck.
It is 'Alexander this' and 'Alexander that', till I 'ate Alexander very much.
At night I dream of all the animals, one by one--the giraffe, the two dromedaries, the young lion, the alligator, and Alexander.
Considering the difficulties which men have had to hold to a newly acquired state, some might wonder how, seeing that Alexander the Great became the master of Asia in a few years, and died whilst it was scarcely settled (whence it might appear reasonable that the whole empire would have rebelled), nevertheless his successors maintained themselves, and had to meet no other difficulty than that which arose among themselves from their own ambitions.
Now if you will consider what was the nature of the government of Darius, you will find it similar to the kingdom of the Turk, and therefore it was only necessary for Alexander, first to overthrow him in the field, and then to take the country from him.

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