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A legal claim that someone has on another person’s property until a debt has been paid. Old French “loien” < Latin “ligamen”=bond < “ligare”=to tie, bind.


A dish consisting of oatmeal or other cereal boiled in water or milk. Alteration of “pot(t)age”=a thick soup < French “potage” < Old French “potage”=something that is put into a pot.

A bag with a long strap that can be carried on a shoulder, often used for schoolbooks. Old French “sachel” < Latin “saccellus”=diminutive of “saccus”=sack – literally a “small sack.”

To enjoy the taste of something. Old French “savourer”=to have flavor < Latin “saporare”=to have taste, to be intelligent.

To endow or provide with an ability; to invest with a power or quality. Old French “enduire”=to lead into < Latin “inducere”=”in-“=into + “ducere”=to lead or draw/pull.

To obtain something, especially something that is difficult to get. Old French “procurer” < Latin “procurare”=to take care of.

A sudden uncontrollable attack of illness, such as a stroke or an epileptic fit. Middle English “seasur” < Old French “saisir”=to take possession < probably Germanic “*satjan”=to place.

A Eurasian flower similar to a cowslip or primula with yellow flowers that hang down one side of the stem. Old English “oxanslyppe” < “oxa”=ox + “slyppe”=slime, fluid.

A decorative border on a garment or an inlay or border on a violin. Old French “porfil” < Latin “pro-“=forward + “filum”=thread.

A piece cut from one plant and tied to or put inside a cut in another. Old French “grafe” < Latin “graphium” < Greek “grafion”=a stylus (like a cut twig).

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