saltian, wk.v: to dance. [SALT-ee-ahn]
Le Roman de la Rose, by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung. France, 14th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 19156, f. 6v. [gallica.bnf.fr]
ac-lǣc-cræft, m.n: an evil art. [AK-læk-cræft]
gomen-wudu, m.n: pleasure-wood, glee-wood, a musical instrument, harp. [GO-men-WOO-doo]
Harp-playing cow in the initial N. Complete Latin Bible, with the prologues of Saint Jerome. 12th century. Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, MS 4, f. 155v. [gallica.bnf.fr]
dwol-cræft, m.n: foolish craft, magic. [DWOL-CRÆFT]
cræft-wyrc, n.n: workmanship. (“kraft-wurk”)
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Building the Tower of Babel, a good example of the medieval building process. Note the pulley system, driven by a man inside a wooden wheel that functions much like a treadmill. From the Morgan Picture Bible (a.k.a. the Crusader Bible, the Maciejowski Bible and the Shah ‘Abbas Bible). France (Paris), 1240s. New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.638. [ica.themorgan.org]
wād, n.n: woad (a plant much used for dyeing). (“wah-d”)
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Woad, a pigment made from the leaves of the plant Isatis tinctoria, or glastum (a.k.a. Asp of Jerusalem). [woad.org.uk]
hyrst, f.n: an ornament, a decoration, jewel, anything of value, trapping, equipment, armour, implement. (“hurst”)
A gold and garnet cloisonné strip from the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found, most likely deposited in the 8th or 9th century, containing mostly artefacts from the 7th to early 8th centuries. [staffordshirehoard.org.uk]
tow-līc, adj: pertaining to weaving. (“toh-leech”)
For example, towlīc weorc is work pertaining to weaving.
cnyttan, wk.v: to tie, bind, knit. (“k-nut-tahn”)
Ic cnytte (“itch k-nut-teh”) means I knit.
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wull, f.n: wool. (“wool”)
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Woman spinning in the Luttrell Psalter. England, 1325-1340. British Library, Add MS 42130, fol. 193r. [bl.uk]