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- n. An ancient unit of currency of England, equivalent to half a noble
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gold coin of Edward III. of England, and of succeeding kings to Edward VI.
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Wealth and honors were his and an English wife, a haughty woman of half-noble family, who completed the work of alienation.
Who could tell but that, in time, the great exception might be made for him, and he might be admitted to sit in the Grand Council, he and his heirs for ever, just as if he had been born a real patrician and not merely a member of the half-noble caste of glass-blowers?