mēowle, f.n: a maid, damsel, virgin, woman. (MAY-oh-leh)
A unicorn resting its head in a maiden’s lap. Most depictions of this scenario have a hunter stabbing the poor unicorn but in this image we can imagine the two are simply good friends. Jacob van Maerlant’s Der Naturen Bloeme. Flanders, c. 1350. Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, f. 63r. [bestiary.ca]
hār-wenge, adj: hoary, grey-haired. (HAR-wen-yeh)
sǣ-burh, f.n: a maritime town. (SÆ-burh)
A man riding on a donkey, head in hand, across a bridge, as a personification of Idleness (Peresse). The Dunois Hours. Central France (Paris), c. 1440 – c. 1450 (after 1436). British Library, Yates Thompson 3, f. 162r. [bl.uk]
bēcn, n.n: a sign, beacon. (BAKE-n)
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wracnian, wk.v: to be or travel in a foreign country, be a pilgrim or stranger. (WRAHK-nih-yahn)
frox, m.n: a frog. (FROKS)
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Institutes of Justinian. France, 15th century. Montpellier, Bibliothèque interuniversitaire, Section Médecine, H 418, f. 23v. [discardingimages.tumblr.com]
enge, adj: narrow, anxious. (EN-yeh)
wyrt-geard, m.n: a kitchen-garden. (WURT-YAY-ard)
mēdren, adj: maternal, (of lineage) on the mother’s side. (MAY-dren)
Book of Hours. France (Angers or Nantes), c. 1440. New York, Morgan Library, MS. M.63, f. 65r. [ica.themorgan.org]
steding-līne, f.n: a rope that supports a mast, a stay. (STEH-ding-LEE-neh)