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 for Saint Martin''s summer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Saint \Saint\ (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly
     p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to
     appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred,
     Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]
     1. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent
        for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being
        redeemed and consecrated to God.
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              Them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to
              be saints.                            --1 Cor. i. 2.
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     2. One of the blessed in heaven.
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              Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impure
              Far separate, circling thy holy mount,
              Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing.   --Milton.
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     3. (Eccl.) One canonized by the church. [Abbrev. St.]
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     Saint Andrew's cross.
        (a) A cross shaped like the letter X. See Illust. 4, under
        (b) (Bot.) A low North American shrub ({Ascyrum
            Crux-Andreae, the petals of which have the form of a
            Saint Andrew's cross. --Gray.
     Saint Anthony's cross, a T-shaped cross. See Illust. 6,
        under Cross.
     Saint Anthony's fire, the erysipelas; -- popularly so
        called because it was supposed to have been cured by the
        intercession of Saint Anthony.
     Saint Anthony's nut (Bot.), the groundnut ({Bunium
        flexuosum); -- so called because swine feed on it, and
        St. Anthony was once a swineherd. --Dr. Prior.
     Saint Anthony's turnip (Bot.), the bulbous crowfoot, a
        favorite food of swine. --Dr. Prior.
     Saint Barnaby's thistle (Bot.), a kind of knapweed
        ({Centaurea solstitialis) flowering on St. Barnabas's
        Day, June 11th. --Dr. Prior.
     Saint Bernard (Zool.), a breed of large, handsome dogs
        celebrated for strength and sagacity, formerly bred
        chiefly at the Hospice of St. Bernard in Switzerland, but
        now common in Europe and America. There are two races, the
        smooth-haired and the rough-haired. See Illust. under
     Saint Catharine's flower (Bot.), the plant love-in-a-mist.
        See under Love.
     Saint Cuthbert's beads (Paleon.), the fossil joints of
        crinoid stems.
     Saint Dabeoc's heath (Bot.), a heatherlike plant ({Daboecia
        polifolia), named from an Irish saint.
     Saint Distaff's Day. See under Distaff.
     Saint Elmo's fire, a luminous, flamelike appearance,
        sometimes seen in dark, tempestuous nights, at some
        prominent point on a ship, particularly at the masthead
        and the yardarms. It has also been observed on land, and
        is due to the discharge of electricity from elevated or
        pointed objects. A single flame is called a Helena, or a
        Corposant; a double, or twin, flame is called a Castor
        and Pollux, or a double Corposant. It takes its name
        from St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors.
     Saint George's cross (Her.), a Greek cross gules upon a
        field argent, the field being represented by a narrow
        fimbriation in the ensign, or union jack, of Great
     Saint George's ensign, a red cross on a white field with a
        union jack in the upper corner next the mast. It is the
        distinguishing badge of ships of the royal navy of
        England; -- called also the white ensign. --Brande & C.
     Saint George's flag, a smaller flag resembling the ensign,
        but without the union jack; used as the sign of the
        presence and command of an admiral. [Eng.] --Brande & C.
     Saint Gobain glass (Chem.), a fine variety of soda-lime
        plate glass, so called from St. Gobain in France, where it
        was manufactured.
     Saint Ignatius's bean (Bot.), the seed of a tree of the
        Philippines ({Strychnos Ignatia), of properties similar
        to the nux vomica.
     Saint+James's+shell+(Zool.),+a+pecten+({Vola+Jacobaeus">Saint James's shell (Zool.), a pecten ({Vola Jacobaeus)
        worn by pilgrims to the Holy Land. See Illust. under
     Saint James's-wort (Bot.), a kind of ragwort ({Senecio
     Saint John's bread. (Bot.) See Carob.
     Saint John's-wort (Bot.), any plant of the genus
        Hypericum, most species of which have yellow flowers; --
        called also John's-wort.
     Saint Leger, the name of a race for three-year-old horses
        run annually in September at Doncaster, England; --
        instituted in 1776 by Col. St. Leger.
     Saint Martin's herb (Bot.), a small tropical American
        violaceous plant ({Sauvagesia erecta). It is very
        mucilaginous and is used in medicine.
     Saint Martin's summer, a season of mild, damp weather
        frequently prevailing during late autumn in England and
        the Mediterranean countries; -- so called from St.
        Martin's Festival, occurring on November 11. It
        corresponds to the Indian summer in America. --Shak.
     Saint Patrick's cross. See Illust. 4, under Cross.
     Saint Patrick's Day, the 17th of March, anniversary of the
        death (about 466) of St. Patrick, the apostle and patron
        saint of Ireland.
     Saint Peter's fish. (Zool.) See John Dory, under John.
     Saint Peter's-wort (Bot.), a name of several plants, as
        Hypericum Ascyron, Hypericum quadrangulum, Ascyrum
        stans, etc.
     Saint Peter's wreath (Bot.), a shrubby kind of Spiraea
        ({Spiraea hypericifolia), having long slender branches
        covered with clusters of small white blossoms in spring.
     Saint's bell. See Sanctus bell, under Sanctus.
     Saint Vitus's dance (Med.), chorea; -- so called from the
        supposed cures wrought on intercession to this saint.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Summer \Sum"mer\, n. [OE. sumer, somer, AS. sumor, sumer; akin
     to OFries. sumur, D. zomer, OS. sumar, G. sommer, OHG. &
     Icel. sumar, Dan. sommer, Sw. sommar, W. haf, Zend hama, Skr.
     sam[=a] year. [root]292.]
     The season of the year in which the sun shines most directly
     upon any region; the warmest period of the year.
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     Note: North of the equator summer is popularly taken to
           include the months of June, July, and August.
           Astronomically it may be considered, in the northern
           hemisphere, to begin with the summer solstice, about
           June 21st, and to end with the autumnal equinox, about
           September 22d.
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     Indian summer, in North America, a period of warm weather
        late in autumn, usually characterized by a clear sky, and
        by a hazy or smoky appearance of the atmosphere,
        especially near the horizon. The name is derived probably
        from the custom of the Indians of using this time in
        preparation for winter by laying in stores of food.
     Saint Martin's summer. See under Saint.
     Summer bird (Zool.), the wryneck. [Prov. Eng.]
     Summer colt, the undulating state of the air near the
        surface of the ground when heated. [Eng.]
     Summer complaint (Med.), a popular term for any diarrheal
        disorder occurring in summer, especially when produced by
        heat and indigestion.
     Summer coot (Zool.), the American gallinule. [Local, U.S.]
     Summer+cypress+(Bot.),+an+annual+plant+({Kochia+Scoparia">Summer cypress (Bot.), an annual plant ({Kochia Scoparia)
        of the Goosefoot family. It has narrow, ciliate, crowded
        leaves, and is sometimes seen in gardens.
     Summer duck. (Zool.)
     (a) The wood duck.
     (b) The garganey, or summer teal. See Illust. of Wood duck,
         under Wood.
     Summer fallow, land uncropped and plowed, etc., during the
        summer, in order to pulverize the soil and kill the weeds.
     Summer rash (Med.), prickly heat. See under Prickly.
     Summer sheldrake (Zool.), the hooded merganser. [Local,
     Summer snipe. (Zool.)
     (a) The dunlin.
     (b) The common European sandpiper.
     (c) The green sandpiper.
     Summer+tanager+(Zool.),+a+singing+bird+({Piranga+rubra">Summer tanager (Zool.), a singing bird ({Piranga rubra)
        native of the Middle and Southern United States. The male
        is deep red, the female is yellowish olive above and
        yellow beneath. Called also summer redbird.
     Summer teal (Zool.), the blue-winged teal. [Local, U.S.]
     Summer wheat, wheat that is sown in the spring, and matures
        during the summer following. See Spring wheat.
     Summer yellowbird. (Zool.) See Yellowbird.
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