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A hillock; a wooded rise; a sand bank. Old English “hyrst” < Old Germanic “*hurstiz”=hill, thicket, sandy eminence. Common in place names e.g. Amherst, Hurst Green.


To move quietly and secretly in order to avoid being noticed. Uncertain origin, possibly Old English “snican”=to creep or crawl.

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.

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.

Of a person, weak, delicate, feeble of timid. Old English “hnesc”=soft and yielding. Further origin unknown.

The outer rim of a wheel, to which the spokes are fixed. Old English “felg” < perhaps same base as Old High German “felahan”=to put together.

A small brown bird, very common across the world. Old English “spearwa.”

A Scottish man chieftain who held land from a Scottish king, same rank as an earl’s son. Old English “thegn”=servant, soldier < Old Germanic “thegno”=boy or child.

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.

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