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St. Francis

a city in SE Wisconsin.

Saint François

[seynt fran-swah; French san frahn-swah] /ˌseɪnt frænˈswɑ; French sɛ̃ frɑ̃ˈswɑ/
a river in S Quebec, Canada, flowing generally W to the St. Lawrence River. 165 miles (266 km) long.
Also called Saint Francis.


[zey-vee-er, zav-ee-, zey-vyer] /ˈzeɪ vi ər, ˈzæv i-, ˈzeɪ vyər/
Saint Francis (Francisco Javier"the Apostle of the Indies") 1506–52, Spanish Jesuit missionary, especially in India and Japan.
a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “bright.”.
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[zey-veer-ee-uh n, za-] /zeɪˈvɪər i ən, zæ-/ (Show IPA),
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  • And so he quietly folds his episcopal mantle around St. Francis, who from this moment becomes indeed the Child of heaven.

    The Story of Assisi Lina Duff Gordon
  • Orpheus drew everything after him with music; St. Francis by love.

  • Therefore, when we reach the end of this voluminous work we have a very vague impression of St. Francis.

  • St. Francis on his knees at his devotions, with a crucifix and a book before him.

  • I said he was St. Francis of Assizi in a new dransmigration produced, und he laughed und said he haf never preach to der fishes.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for St. Francis


/ˈzeɪvɪə; ˈzæv-; Spanish xaˈβjɛr/
Saint Francis, known as the Apostle of the Indies. 1506–52, Spanish missionary, who was a founding member of the Jesuit society (1534) and later preached in Goa, Ceylon, the East Indies, and Japan. Feast day: Dec 3
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