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Marked by two colors, often black and white, like a magpie. Middle English “pie+=magpie + “-ed” < Latin “pica”=magpie, jay < Greek “kitta.”


A marked scarcity or lack of something. Middle English “derthe”=a time of famine where food is expensive < Old English “deore”=costly, worthy.

A small round bread with holes in one side, eaten hot with butter. Unknown origin, perhaps Middle English “crompid”=curled up, bent (“crompid cake”, Wycliffe Bible,1382).

Showing complete interest and fascination; in a trance state. Middle English “rape”=to carry away < Latin “rapere”=seize, carry off < ?Greek “eraptomenos”=feed on.

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.

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