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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
October \Oc*to"ber\, n. [L., the eighth month of the primitive Roman year, which began in March, fr. octo eight: cf. F. Octobre. See Octave.] 1. The tenth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. [1913 Webster] 2. Ale or cider made in that month. [1913 Webster] The country gentlemen had a posset or drink they called October. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]