meox, n.n: muck, dung, ordure, dirt. (“meh-oks”)


Image: A bonnacon, which The Medieval Bestiary tells us is an animal like a bull that uses its dung as a weapon. Its horns curl in towards each other so are useless for defence. Pliny the Elder says “…when attacked, it runs away, while releasing a trail of dung that can cover three furlongs. Contact with the dung burns pursuers as though they had touched fire.”

Kongelige Bibliotek, Gl. kgl. S. 1633 4º, Folio 10r. Bestiarius – Bestiary of Ann Walsh. England, 15th century.

6 thoughts on “meox

  1. I read that ‘bonnacon’ has also appeared in other manuscripts as “bannachus” and “bonacum” in the accusative. The double /nn/ of “bonnacum”, “bonnacon” is explained as being gemination, distinctive long consonants in Latin reflected in the orthography.

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