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Alpine peasant full skirt with bodice. German dialect < diminutive of “dirne”=girl < Old High German “diorna”=girl, maiden.


Cured meat from the back and sides of a pig. Old French “bacon” < Old High German “bacho”=buttock, side of ham < Germanic “*bakon.”

A know-all; person who pretends to have knowledge. Middle Dutch “wijsseggher”=soothsayer < Old High German “wizago”=wizard.

Iron block on which metals are hammered into shapes. Old English “onfilti” < Old High German “anafalz” < “an”=on + *”filt”=to weld.

Light rowing boat, usually for one person. French “esquif” < Old High German “scif”=ship < Proto-Germanic “*skipa.”

Bony case enclosing the brain of animals. Middle English “scolle” < ?Old High German “scolla”=crust, piece of ice. Uncertain origin.

Move your feet and body in a way to match the style and speed of music. Old French “danser” < ?Old High German “danson”=to stretch.

To shake or roll something from side to side. Middle English “shogge” < Old High German “scoc”=oscillation, a swing.

Piece of cloth used to dry oneself after washing or bathing. Old French “toaille” < Old High German “twahan”=to wash.

Laminated metamorphic rock. German “gneiss” < Old High German “gneisto”=spark (from the shine of the rock).