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Agatha, Saint

Agatha, Saint ăg´əthə [key], 3d cent., Sicilian virgin, martyred under Roman Emperor Decius. She is mentioned in the Martyrology of Jerome and the Calendar of Carthage in the 6th cent. Agatha is invoked against outbreaks of fire and is the patron saint of bell makers. Feast: Feb. 5.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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