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To strengthen or support someone or something. Old English “bolster”= a long stuffed pillow placed under the neck to support the head < Germanic “*bolstro-z” < “*bul”= to swell.


A piece of food on a hook or trap used to attract an animal. Old Norse “beit”=pasture, food < Germanic “*bitan”=to bite.

Cautious, secretive action. Middle English “stalthe” < Old English “staelth” < Germanic “staol”=steal + “-th”=noun-forming suffix.

To lose hair, leaves, skin; to cast off. Old English “sceaden”=to separate or divide < Germanic “*skaith-“

Calm and dependable, often showing little emotion or movement. Latin “stolidus”=dull or impassive < ?Germanic “*stel-“=to be fixed, stand.

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-“

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