Variant of alms
noun pl. alms
- money, food, clothes, etc. given to poor people
- Obsolete a deed of mercy
Origin: ME almesse < OE ælmesse < LL(Ec) eleemosyna < Gr eleēmosynē, pity, mercy (in LXX & N.T., charity, alms) < eleēmōn, merciful < eleos, mercy, orig., woe, prob. < IE echoic base *el- > Norw dial. jalm, noise
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