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Balls

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The three golden balls. The emblem of St. Nicholas, who is said to have given three purses of gold to three virgin sisters to enable them to marry.

As the cognisance of the Medici family, they probably represent three golden pills—a punning device on the name. Be this, however, as it may, it is from the Lombard family (the first great money-lenders in England) that the sign has been appropriated by pawnbrokers. (See Mugello for another account.)

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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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Balfour of Burley
Balios
Balisarda or Balisardo
Balistraria
Baliverso (in Orlando Furioso)
Balk
Balker
Balkis
Ball
Balls
Ballad
Ballads
Ballambangjan (The Straits of)
Ballast
Balle
Ballendino (Don Antonio)
Ballet (pronounce bal-lay)
Balliol College
Balloon (A pilot)
Balloon Post

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