sund-hengest, m.n: a ship (lit. ‘sea-horse’). (SUND-HENG-est)
Louis IX sailing on his second crusade in Les Grandes chroniques de France. France (Paris), 1332-1350. London, British Library, Royal MS 16 G VI, f. 437v. [bl.uk]
cū-horn, m.n: a cow’s horn. (KOO-horn)
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mūs, f.n: a mouse. (MOOS)
Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, late 14th century. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS. 143, f. 76v. [bvmm.irht.cnrs.fr]
scēap-heord, f.n: a flock of sheep. (SHAY-op-HAY-ord)
The Hours of Nicolas Rolin. France (Paris), last quarter of the 14th century. British Library, Yates Thompson MS 45, f. 53v. [bl.uk]
wǣg-bora, m.n: a wave-bearer, a creature that lives beneath the waves. (WAγ-BO-ra)
A variety of fish swimming onto the page of a bestiary. Northern France, 13th century. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 6838B, f. 39r. [visualiseur.bnf.fr]
here-fugol, m.n: a bird which attends an army, eagle, vulture, raven. (HEH-reh-FUH-goll)
gūþ-floga, m.n: one that flies to battle, a dragon. (GOOTH-FLO-ga)
Alexander the Great battling winged dragons with emeralds in their foreheads.
Le livre et la vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre. France (Paris), c. 1420-c. 1425. British Library, Royal MS 20 B XX, f. 73r. [blogs.bl.uk]
gūþ-fugel, m.n: a bird of war, eagle. (GOOTH-fuh-yell)
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. Dēor-hord: a medieval and modern bestiary
Bestiary. England, c. 1225-1250. Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 764, f. 57v.
scolu, f.n: a school; a band or troop of people, a shoal, school (in school of fishes). (SHOLL-uh)
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gāt, f.n: a she-goat. (GAHT)
Bestiary. England, c. 1225-1250. Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 764, f. 20v.