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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 18, 2007

Musen (v.) - to ponder, wonder, study, linger about a matter, to sniff as a hound (from *muse, meaning a muzzle, nose of an animal).

As he which in his hihe mod
Was likende of his hote blod,
A yong, a freissh, a lusti knyht,
As he lai musende on a nyht
Of the tidinges whiche he herde,
He thoghte assaie hou that it ferde.

- Gower, John: Confessio amantis (1390-1393)

Pronunciation: /musEn/

/m/ m in make
/u/ oo in boot
/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

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