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To get close together in a group. C16th “huddel”=to put or keep out of sight; to conceal or hide, as in a crowd. Uncertain origin, possibly from Germanic “hud”=to cover.

A plug of soft material inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood; a plug for any wound. French “tampon”=a plug for stopping an aperture < “taper”=to plug < Germanic “*tappon”=a plug or stopper.

In general, a relish made from vegetables or fruit (or specifically a cucumber) preserved in vinegar or brine. Uncertain origin, possibly Middle Dutch “pekel”=a sauce or preserve < Germanic “peken”=to pierce, prick – in the sense of “something that pricks or is piquant.”

Cylinder of cotton or other material used by a woman to absorb blood from her vagina during her period. Middle English “tampeon” < French “tampon”=a plug/stopper < “taper”=to plug < Germanic “*tappon”=a peg or stick.

A cover for the blade of a knife or a sword; a protective cover in general. Old English “scæth”=case, covering, scabbard < Germanic “*skaithjo.”

Of a person, severe, strict, inflexible; not inclined to be lenient. Old English “styrne” < Germanic “*sternjo-“=rigid.

A small, benign, dark spot or lump on a person’s skin. Old English “mal”=a discolored spot, particularly on cloth, linen, etc.

A wooden rack or pallet for keeping stored goods off the floor or separating goods while being transported. Dutch “stellagie”=a stand or scaffold (usually for casks) < “stellen”=to place < Germanic “*stallo-“=place.

The outer seed covers that are separated from grain before it is used as food. Old English “ceaf” < Germanic “kef”=to gnaw.

To have a duty or responsibility for someone to do something. Old English “behofian” < “bihof”=benefit, use, advantage < Germanic “*bihafjan”=to take, hold, or receive.

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