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Labʹarum

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The standard borne before the Roman emperors. It consisted of a gilded spear, with an eagle on the top, while from a cross-staff hung a splendid purple streamer, with a gold fringe, adorned with precious stones. Constantine substituted a crown for the eagle, and inscribed in the midst the mysterious monogram. (See Constantine’s Cross.) Rich (Antiquities, p. 361) says “probably from the Gaulish lab, to raise; for Constantine was educated in Gaul.” The Greek laba is a staff. (See Gibbon: Decline and Fall, etc. chap. xx.)

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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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L.L. Whisky
L.S
L. S. D
La-de-da
La Garde Meurt ne se Rend pas
La Joyeuse
La Muette de Portici
La Roche
Labadists
Labarum
Labe (Queen)
Labour of Love (A)
Labourer is Worthy of his Hire
Labourers (The Statute of)
Labyrinth
Lac of Rupees
Lace
Laced
Lacedæmonian Letter (The)
Lacedæmonians (The)

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