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A criss-crossed wooden frame used to support climbing plants. Old French “trelis” < Latin “tri-“=three + “licium”+thread.”


A flag on a ship that shows what country the ship belongs to; the lowest commissioned rank in the US navy. Old French “enseigne” < Latin “insignia”=signs of office.

An outdoor event where there are competitions and refreshments, often a fund raiser. French “fête” < Old French “feste” < Latin “festa”=religious celebration.

Scattered pieces of rubbish or remains of something that’s been destroyed. French “débris” < Old French “debrisier”=to break down < “de-“=down + “brisier”=to break.

A place where an organized meeting, concert etc. takes place. Old French “venue”=coming at (as in a fencing attack) < “venir”=to come.

An edible sea mollusk with a ribbed fan-shaped shell. Old French “escalope=”shell” < unknown Germanic origin.

Extreme suffering, grief, or pain. Old French “anguisse” < Latin “angustia”=tightness < “august”=narrow < “anguere”=to squeeze, strangle.

To beat heavily and conclusively in a contest; to punish, flog. Uncertain, possibly Old French “tronce/tronch”‘=a piece of wood.

A small bowl with a handle, used for soup and stews. Old French “potager”=stew or porridge < “potage”=contents of a pot.

A set of basic clothing and other things needed for a new baby. French “layette”=little drawer < Old French “laie”=a drawer.

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