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Middle-English Word of the Day - 8/29/07

Maumet (n.) - A representation of a pagan deity; an idol, image, or doll.

Gurmund makede aenne tur; ther-inne he bulde aenne bur.
ther-inne he pleoghede his plaghen; tha me luuede a theon daghen.
ther-inne he hafde his maumet; tha he heold for his god.
Hit i-lomp on ane daeighe; that Gurmund mid his dughethe.

- Layamon, fl.1200: Brut (MS Cotton Caligula) (1205)

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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