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An edible sea mollusk with a ribbed fan-shaped shell. Old French “escalope=”shell” < unknown Germanic origin.


A sudden uncontrollable attack of illness, such as a stroke or an epileptic fit. Middle English “seasur” < Old French “saisir”=to take possession < probably Germanic “*satjan”=to place.

A layer of dirt or froth on the top of a liquid. Middle Low German “schum”=foam, froth < Germanic “*skumo-” < Proto-Indo-European “*skeu-“=to cover.

To ask in a pleading way for someone to do something. Middle English “be-“=an intensifier + “secan”=to seek, look for < Germanic “*sok.”

An area of land covered with short grass. Old English “sweard”=skin of the scalp < Germanic “*swarth-“

To store away safely to use later. Shortened Middle English “bistowen” < “bi-“=around” + “stowen”=to place < Germanic “*stowa”=stand.

A shed in which to keep cows. Old English “byre” < possibly Germanic “*burjo”=cottage, dwelling < “*bu-“=to dwell.

Wheeled cart with handles used to transport things. Old English “bearwe”=stretcher, bier < Germanic “ber-“=to carry.

(Of beer) a drink pulled from a cask using a pump. Middle English “draht” < Common Germanic “dragan”=to pull, draw.

To help, relieve, or assist. Old English “be-“=around or beside + “steade”=to stand, remain in place < Germanic “*stadiz”=to stand

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