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Antiquity, 1) old age: “beated and chopp'd with tann'd a.” Sonn. 62, 10. 108, 12. “bald with dry a.” As IV, 3, 106. “hadst thou not the privilege of a.” All's II, 3, 220. “every part about you blasted with a.” H4B I, 2, 208.
2) ancient date, long standing: “bawd is he doubtless, and of a. too,” Meas. III, 2, 72.
3) ancient time: “a. forgot, custom not known,” Hml. IV, 5, 104. In the plur. == remains of ancient times: “to spoil --ies of hammer'd steel,” Lucr. 951.
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