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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ghibelline  \Ghib"el*line\,  n.  [It.  Ghibellino;  of  German 
  origin.]  (It.  Hist.) 
  One  of  a  faction  in  Italy,  in  the  12th  and  13th  centuries, 
  which  favored  the  German  emperors,  and  opposed  the  Guelfs,  or 
  adherents  of  the  poses.  --Brande  &  C.