ellen-cræft, m.n: strength, power. [EL-len-KRÆFT]
a-drugian, wk.v: to dry. [ah-DRUG-ee-ahn]
lēaf-ness, f.n: leave, permission, licence. [LÆ-ahv-ness]
ā-cæglod, adj/ptc: pegged, as if studded with pegs. [ah-KÆ-glod]
This word comes from the Old English translation of Alexander the Great’s letter to Aristotle in a description of a strange Indian creature known as the ‘moon-head’. To read the full description and see medieval and modern illustrations of this critter, visit Dēor-hord: a medieval and modern bestiary.
sniring, n: a sharp rock. [SNIR-ing]
un-wemme, adj: spotless, without blemish or defect, uninjured; (moral sense) undefiled, pure, immaculate. [un-WEM-meh]
This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is on ‘hoard-honouring’ in Beowulf. Read it (and hear it) on Patreon.
hord-weorþung, f.n: honouring a person by bestowing treasure; treasure given to honour a person. [HORD-WAY-orth-ung]
mǣgsib-līc, adj: of kin, related. [MÆγ-sib-leech]
un-sceamig, adj: not to be confounded, unabashed. [un-SHÆ-ah-meeγ]
mere-grota, m.n: a pearl. [MEH-reh-GRO-ta]
It’s Wordhord Wednesday #50 and in honour of the occasion, I’ve decided to make this particular post free for everyone to read. See ‘pearls, margaritas and giant grapes’ on Patreon.