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A small building, often made of wood, used for storing things. Middle English “shadde” < Old English “scead”=shade, covering, darkness.


Part of a bird’s gullet where food is stored or prepared for digestion. Middle English “crawe” < Old English “*craga”=neck or throat.

A split of a group into two, usually caused by disagreement about its aims and beliefs. Middle English “scisme” < Old French “cisme” < Latin “schisma” < Greek “skisma ‘” < “skizein”=to split.

A young cow that hasn’t had a calf. Middle English “que” < ?Old Icelandic “ky”=cow.

To beat or pulse with a strong, regular rhythm. Middle English “throb” < imitative of the sound of a heart or pulse.

Showing an embarrassing amount of emotion; sickly sentimentality. C17th “feeling sickly” < Middle English “mauke”=maggot < Old Icelandic “mathkr”=maggot, grub.

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.

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