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 Aldeb’aran.Alderman (An). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One of the seniors or elders. Now applied to a class of magistrates in corporate towns. In London an alderman is the chief magistrate in a ward appointed by election. There are also aldermen of the County Council.   1
   A turkey is called an alderman, both from its presence in aldermanic feasts, and also because of its red and purple colours about the head and neck, which make it a sort of poultry alderman.   2
   An alderman in chains, by a similar effort of wit, is a turkey hung with sausages.   3

 Aldeb’aran.Alderman (An). 


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