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Old pole-type weapon combining a spear with a battleaxe. French “hallebarde” < Middle High German “helmbarde” < “helm”=handle + “barde”=hatchet.

A durable worsted or cotton cloth. Old French “guavardine” < ?Middle High German “wallevert”=coat worn by a pilgrim.

Of the eyes – made dim, misty or unclear by water. Middle English “blere” < Middle High German “blerre”=blurred vision.

Part of a finger joint where the bone is near the surface. Middle English “knokel” < Middle High German “knuchel”=little bone.

One who beats a drum. Middle High German “trumbel” and/or Middle Dutch “tromme”=loud sound (c.f. “trump).

A baby’s bed with bars to prevent falling out. Old English “cribbe”=manger, food bin < Middle High German “krebe”=basket.

Unwilling to work or use any effort; slothful. Uncertain origin but possible Middle High German “lasich, losich”=fragile.

Hard, ring-shaped bread roll. Yiddish “beygel” < Middle High German “*bougel” = diminutive “boug-“=ring, bracelet.

Sudden burst of light or flame. Originally to spread out one’s hair. ?Middle High German “flatern”=to flutter.

Belief in things beyond certain or verifiable. German “aberglaube” < Middle High German “aber”=falsity + “gloube”=belief.

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