blencan

blencan, wk.v: to deceive, cheat. (BLEN-kahn / ˈblɛn-kan)

Medieval manuscript illustration of a fox playing dead with birds flying down around it, followed by a second panel with the fox on its feet with a bird in its mouth.
Fox playing dead in the Rochester Bestiary. England, 13th century. British Library, MS Royal 12 F XIII, f. 26v. [bl.uk]

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