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alexanders

[al-ig-zan-derz, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dərz, -ˈzɑn-/
noun, plural alexanders. (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
a tall plant, Angelica atropurpurea, of the parsley family, having broad clusters of small white flowers.
2.
a related plant, Smyrnium olusatrum, having yellowish flowers.
Origin
probably < French alexandre(s); compare Middle English alisaundre (< OF), Old English alexandre < Medieval Latin (petroselīnum) Alexandrīnum a name for Smyrnium olusatrum, and synonymous with Medieval Latin petroselīnum Macedonicum, apparently through association of Macedonia with Alexander the Great; cf. parsley

alexander

[al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn-/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
a cocktail made with crème de cacao with gin or brandy (brandy alexander) and sweet cream.
Origin
1925-30; probably after the proper name

Alexander

[al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn-/
noun
2.
Also, Alexandros. Classical Mythology. Homeric name for Paris.
3.
Franz
[frants,, franz,, frahnts] /frænts,, frænz,, frɑnts/ (Show IPA),
1891–1964, U.S. psychoanalyst, born in Hungary.
4.
Grover Cleveland, 1887–1950, U.S. baseball player.
5.
Sir Harold R. L. G (Alexander of Tunis) 1891–1969, English field marshal.
6.
Samuel, 1859–1938, British philosopher.
7.
William, 1726–83, general in the American Revolution.
8.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “defender of men.”.
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British Dictionary definitions for alexanders

alexanders

/ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndəz/
noun
1.
a biennial umbelliferous plant, Smyrnium olusatrum, native to S Europe, with dense umbels of yellow-green flowers and black fruits
2.
golden alexanders, an umbelliferous plant, Zizia aurea, of North America, having yellow flowers in compound umbels
Word Origin
Old English, from Medieval Latin alexandrum, probably (through association in folk etymology with Alexander the Great) changed from Latin holus atrum black vegetable

Alexander

/ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndə/
noun
1.
Harold (Rupert Leofric George), Earl Alexander of Tunis. 1891–1969, British field marshal in World War II, who organized the retreat from Dunkirk and commanded in North Africa (1943) and Sicily and Italy (1944–45); governor general of Canada (1946–52); British minister of defence (1952–54)
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Word Origin and History for alexanders

Alexander

masc. proper name, from Latin, from Greek Alexandros "defender of men," from alexein "to ward off, keep off, turn (something) away, defend, protect" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-). The first element is related to Greek alke "protection, help, strength, power, courage," alkimos "strong;" cognate with Sanskrit raksati "protects," Old English ealgian "to defend." As a kind of cocktail, it is attested from 1930.

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alexanders in the Bible

man-defender. (1.) A relative of Annas the high priest, present when Peter and John were examined before the Sanhedrim (Acts 4:6). (2.) A man whose father, Simon the Cyrenian, bore the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21). (3.) A Jew of Ephesus who took a prominent part in the uproar raised there by the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:33). The Jews put him forward to plead their cause before the mob. It was probably intended that he should show that he and the other Jews had no sympathy with Paul any more than the Ephesians had. It is possible that this man was the same as the following. (4.) A coppersmith who, with Hymenaeus and others, promulgated certain heresies regarding the resurrection (1 Tim. 1:19; 2 Tim. 4:14), and made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience. Paul excommunicated him (1 Tim. 1:20; comp. 1 Cor. 5:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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