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A group of people playing together in a game or sport; a group of people working together on a project. Old English “tem”=offpsring, child-bearing, bridle, progeny, a set of animals pulling < Proto-Germanic “*teuhan”=to pull, drag.

To visit a place often, or to live there, often used to describe ghosts or spirits that appear in a singular location. Middle English “haunten”=to frequent. Uncertain earlier origin, perhaps Proto-Germanic “*haimatjana”=to bring home.

To speak softly and quietly without using the vocal cords. Old English “hwisprian”=hiss, whistle, whisper < Proto-Germanic “*hwisprona”=hiss, hissing.

To dig using a spade; to try to find more information about someone or something. Old English “delfan”=to dig < Proto-Germanic “*delbana.”

A type of song from the German Romantic period (late C18th-early C19th). Pronounced “leet.” German “lied”=song < Old High German “liod” < Proto-Germanic “*leuthan.”

A bird with shiny black feathers that looks like a crow but is bigger. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*hrabnaz.”

Brilliance, acclaim, social success. French “eclater”=to burst out < Proto-Germanic “*slitana”=to split apart, cut up.

A rough matted rug or hairstyle. Old English “sceacga”=matted hair < Proto-Germanic “skagjan”=related to a wood.

Large black crow that feeds on dead meat. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*khrabanaz” < Proto-Indo-European “*kor”=to croak.

To eject large amounts of something quickly. Old English “spiwan” < Proto-Germanic “*spiew.”

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