One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man who receives or is dependent upon alms; a man who is supported by funds left to support the poor, especially one living in an almshouse; (also loosely) a beggar.
2A person who gives alms; a benefactor. Now rare.
Old English; earliest use found in Metrical Charm: For Unfruitful Land. From alms + man.
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