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 Pri’mus.Prince of Wales (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Latin prin’cips formed one of the great divisions of the Roman infantry; so called because they were originally the first to begin the fight. After the Hasta’ti were instituted, this privilege was transferred to the new division.   1
   Prince. (See BLACK.)   2
   Prince of alchemy. Rudolph II., Emperor of Germany, also called The German Hermes Trismegistus.   3
   Prince of gossips. Samuel Pepys, noted for his gossiping Diary, commencing January 1st, 1659, and continued for nine years. (1632–1703.)   4
   Prince of grammarians. (See GRAMMARIANS.)   5
   Prince of Peace. The Messiah (Isaiah ix. 6).   6
   Prince of the Power of the Air. Satan (Eph. ii. 2).   7
   Prince of the vegetable kingdom. So Linnæus calls the palm-tree.   8

 Pri’mus.Prince of Wales (The). 


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