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Anʹtimony

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Said to be derived from the Greek antimonʹachos (bad for monks). The tale is that Valentine once gave some of this mineral to his convent pigs, who thrived upon it, and became very fat. He next tried it on the monks, who died from its effects; so Valentine said, “thoʹ good for pigs, it was bad for monks.” This fable is given.by Furetière.

Another derivation is anti-monos (averse to being alone), because it is found in combination with sulphur, silver, or some other substance.

Littré suggests isthimmit, and connects it with stibium.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Antæos
Antecedents
Antediluvian
Anthia
Anthony
Anthroposophus
Anti-Christ
Antigonē
Antimony
Antinomian. [Greek, anti-nomos, exempt from the law.]
Antinous
Antipathy (of human beings)
Antipathy (of animals)
Anti-pope
Antisthenes
Antoninus
Antony
Antrustions
Ants

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Antimony