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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A salutation, importing a wish for the welfare of the person addressed. It is now seldom used among us; but was customary among our Saxon ancestors, and imported "joy to you," or "health to you," including in the term health all kind of prosperity.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Hail!'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/h/hail.html. 1859.