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From the 1928 OED: Grecian: .... 2. One learned in the Greek language; a Greek scholar. [Attestations omitted] b. A boy in the highest class of Christ's Hospital (the Blue-coat school). Blue-Coat: Formerly the dress of servants and the lower orders; hence of almoners and charity children. [Attestations omitted] .... (More fully, Blue-coat boy): A scholar ...

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