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A usual habit or way of behaving. Old English “gewunod”=accustomed, used to, or familiar with < “wunian”=to be accustomed, remain, dwell < Old Germanic “*wun.”

To manipulate something, often in reference to a mixture for making bread, firmly and repeatedly with the hands and fingers. Old English “cnedan” < Old Germanic “knaedan.”

Despite the fact or thing mentioned; in spite of. Middle English “natwithstanding” < “not”=negative, negation + Old English “withstandan” < “wit”=against + “standan”=to have or keep an upright position.

A person’s family including close and distant relations; similar in type. Old English “cyn”=blood relatives, family + “raed(on)”=condition of being.

A crime that is less serious than a felony; a minor wrongdoing. Old English “mis-“=wrong, bad + Middle English “demeanure”=conduct or behavior towards others.

Of a person, severe, strict, inflexible; not inclined to be lenient. Old English “styrne” < Germanic “*sternjo-“=rigid.

A young lamb. Old English “eanian”=to give birth to a lamb.

A small, benign, dark spot or lump on a person’s skin. Old English “mal”=a discolored spot, particularly on cloth, linen, etc.

Part of a cow, female goat etc. that hangs down between its back legs and produces milk. Old English “udr” < Old Germanic “*uthr”=teats.

A loose or overlapping part of a garment, forming a flap or fold; a hanging piece of flesh in some animals. Diminutive of Old English “lappa”=a part that hangs down (such as cloth or hair).

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