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A conference between opposing sides in an argument, often for the purpose of creating an end to a fight or war. Anglo-Norman “parler”=speech < Old French “parlee”=discussion.


To provide help or a service to someone; to give or deliver. Old French “rendre”=to return or give back < Latin “reddere”= to give back < “re-“=back, again + “dare”=to give.

A rope used for raising and lowering a sail, yard, or flag on a ship. Middle English “halyher” < Old French “haler”=to draw or pull < Old Frankish “halon.”

Food for animals, especially dry food like oats and hay. Old French “provendre” < Latin “praehiere”=to supply, provide < “pre-“=before + “habere”=to have, hold, possess.

Extremely hungry; starving. Middle English “famyssh”=to starve < Old French “afamer” < Latin “affamare”=to deprive of food < “fames”=hunger.

The appearance and expressions of someone’s face (noun); to admit as acceptable or possible (verb). Old French “cuntenance” < way of conducting oneself < Latin “continentia”=holding back desires < “continere”=to restrain, hold together.

Refraining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse; simple and plain in style. Old French “chaste” < Latin “castus”=morally pure, holy.

To ask for something that you want very much in an emotional way. Old French “pledeer”=to debate, argue, take to law < Latin “placitare”=to litigate.

A bowl made of a hard material (stone, marble, etc.) in which substances are crushed with a pestle. Old French “mortier” < Latin “mortarium”=a recepticle in which to grind, crush things.

A membrane-covered opening in bone or between bones, such as the space between the bones of the skull in an infant or fetus. Old French “fontanele” < little fountain < Latin “fontana”=fountain.

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