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A voucher giving the holder a discount on something. Old French “colpon”=a cut or slice < “colper”=to cut.

Part of a shoe that covers the upper front of the foot. Old Frennch “avanpiĆ©” < “avant”=before + “piĆ©”=foot.

Pig fat used for cooking. Old French “lard”=bacon < Latin “lardum”=fat < Greek “larinos”=fat < “laros”=pleasant to taste.

An area of land attached to a manor house. Old French “demeine”=belonging to the lord < Latin “dominus”=lord, master.

To cause irritation or annoyance. Old French “rancle”=festering sore < Latin “dranculus” < “draco”=snake/dragon + “-uncle”=little.

A casual, not very serious romantic relationship. Middle English “dalyaunce”=light chat < Old French “dalier”=to chat idly.

A mischievous but possibly lovable person. Middle English “rascayle”=member of the rabble < Old French “rascaille”=common people.

To make a hole in something. Old French “percer” < Latin “pertundere”=to bore a hole < “per”=through + “tundere”=to beat.

Internal organ where food is digested. Old French “estomac” < Latin “stomachus” < Greek “stomakos”=gullet < “stoma”=mouth.

Chess piece like a castle tower. Old French “rok” < Arabic “rukk” < Persian “ruc” < ?Sanskrit “ratha”=chariot (original piece).