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Of a person, big, strong, and heavily built. Middle English “borlich”=imposing, stately, noble


A piece of information that helps solve a puzzle. Middle English “clew”=a ball of thread (used to guide someone out of a maze) < Old English “cleowan”=ball of stuff

To look angry or sullen; to scowl. Middle English “loure” < possibly Old English “lurian”=to frown, scowl.

Something that is extremely helpful and beneficial; a gift. Middle English “bon”=prayer, request < Old Norse “bon.”

Very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary. Middle English “radigal”=from, or belonging to, a root < Latin “radicalis” < “radix”=root.

The part of the rear leg of a 4-footed animal that is like the human ankle e.g ham hock from a pig. Variant of hough” < Middle English “hough” < Old English “hoh”=heel.

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.

An impudent or arrogant young woman or girl. Middle English “chitte”=a shoot or sprout. Of obscure origin; perhaps Old English “chithe”=a tiny shoot.

A woman’s ankle-length cloak with armholes or sleeves. Middle French “pellice”=fur-lined robe < Latin “pellicia”=coat of furs < “pellis”=skin or fur.

The windowed upper part a large church. Middle English “cleer story” < Latin “clarum”=light, lighted + “historia”=upper level of a church.

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