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Of rope/yarn, to become worn, usually through constant rubbing. Old French “freiir” < Latin “fricare”=to rub.


A kind of soft woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised. Uncertain origin, possibly Anglo-Norman diminutive of Old French “flaine”=blanket or coverlet.

The continuous changes and problems that affect a situation or someone‚Äôs life. Old French “vicissitude” < Latin “vicissitudo” < “vicis”=turn, change.

Formal, dignified, or with great sincerity. Old French “solemne”=connected with religious rites; performed with ceremony and reverence < Latin “sollemnis”=established, customary,

A dessert of fruit cooked in syrup. French “compote” < Old French “composte”< Latin “componere”=to put together < “com-“=together, with + “ponere”=to place, put.

To cover or rub with oil or an oily substance; to nominate someone as a worthy chosen successor. Old French “enoint”=anointed < Latin “inunguere “=to smear with oil < “in-“=in, into + “unguere”=to smear.

Always wanting more and more of something; unable to be satisfied. Old French “insaciable” < Latin “insatiabilis” < “in-“=not + “satiare”=to satisfy < “satis”=enough.

Two lines of poetry, one following the other, that are the same length. French “couplet” < diminutive of “couple” < Old French “cople” < Latin “copulare” < “co-“=together + “apere”=to fasten/join.

People of good social position; class of people next below the nobility in position and birth. Old French “genterise” < “gentil”=noble, well-born < < Latin “gentilis”=of the same race or family

A brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful act; a sudden take-over of a government by its citizens or military. Old French “colp”=a blow, hit < Latin “colaphus”=a blow with the fist < Greek “kolafos”=to hit, cuff.

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