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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 20, 2007

Bocche (n.) - a tumour, boil.

Kynde Conscience tho herde, and cam out of the planetes,
And sente forth his forreyours -- feveres and fluxes,
Coughes and cardiacles, crampes and toothaches,
Rewmes and radegundes and roynouse scalles,
Biles and bocches and brennynge agues,
Frenesies and foule yveles -- forageres of Kynde
Hadde ypriked and prayed polles of peple;

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /boUtS@/

/b/ b in boy
/oU/ o in note
/tS/ ch in chin
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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