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1historical A glassy form of alum produced especially by evaporating an aqueous solution (now historical).
2A kind of glass containing alumina.
Late Middle English. Compare Anglo-Norman alum de glace, alun de glas, Middle French alun de glace, lit. ‘ice alum’ and also Anglo-Norman alomglas; compare further (after French) Middle Dutch aluun van glaetse.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.