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To delineate or draw something in sharp detail. Middle English “lymn”=to illustrate a manuscript < Old French “luminer” < Latin “luminare”=to light (up) < “lumen”=light.


A complete range of possibilities. Middle English “gamuth” < Latin “gamma ut”=the lowest note of a Medieval musical scale, with “gamma”=G (lowest) and “ut”=referring to the lowest. Also used to describe to the whole scale – the gamut.

To move quickly and with some force. Middle English “hortle” < to strike, dash, or knock < Old French “hurter”=to collide, hit, or push.

Used to say that something happens even though something else might have prevented it; without being affected by. Middle English “despit”=contempt, looking down on, scorn < Latin “despicere”=to look down on.

To be blindly or utterly infatuated with someone. Middle English “besot”=to make foolish < Old English “be-“=cause to be + “sott”=foolish person.

Generosity with money or of spirit; selfless giving. Middle English “largeys” < Old French “largece” < Latin “largus”=generous, bountiful, copious.

Not showing much interest in something or not putting enough effort into it. Middle English “alack the day”=an expression of regret or concern about the current day < “lakke”=defect, failing, or fault.

A rope used for raising and lowering a sail, yard, or flag on a ship. Middle English “halyher” < Old French “haler”=to draw or pull < Old Frankish “halon.”

A state of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune. Middle English “aduercetee” < Anglo-Norman “averset√©” = a turn in fortune < Latin “advertere”=to turn towards < “ad-“=toward + “vertere”=to turn.

Extremely hungry; starving. Middle English “famyssh”=to starve < Old French “afamer” < Latin “affamare”=to deprive of food < “fames”=hunger.

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