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Long-handled brush of bristles or twigs, used for sweeping. Old English “brom” < West Germanic “*brama”=thorny shrub.

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To falter or stumble in one’s speech. Old English “stomrian” < West Germanic *”stamrojan” < *”stam-“=to stop the flow of.

South African form of address to an older man, especially an uncle. Afrikaans “oom” < Dutch “oom”=uncle < West Germanic.

Penalty imposed by a priest after confession. Old English “scrifan”=impose as a penalty < West Germanic “*skriban.”

Tiny blood-sucking parasite that lives on animals. Old English “ticia” < ? West Germanic “*tika.”

Small piece of metal used to open a lock. Old English “caeg”=key < uncertain origin, ? West Germanic “*kaigjo”=pin with curved end.

A shade of a color. Old English “heow”=appearance < West Germanic “hiuwj”=appearance, form. c.f Sanskrit “chawi”=skin, complexion.

Female bird, particularly a domesticated one. Old English “henn” < West Germanic *”hanja”=female of *”hanni”=cock (male bird).

Pellet of frozen rain. Old English “hagol” < West Germanic “*hagal” ?<Indo-European “*kaghlo”=pebble (c.f. Greek “kakhlix”=pebble).

Poetic name for an ant. Old English “emete” < West Germanic “*amaitjo” < “a”=off + “maitan”=to cut. ” Lit. “cutter off.