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Middle-English Word of the Day - October 31, 2007

Swelten (v.) - to faint, to die, to destroy, to cause to perish, to put to death.

Wondrede yeond that wald; iwundede cnihtes ouer-al. sixti hundred thar weoren; to-tredene mid horsen. beornes ther swelten; blodes at-urnen. straehten after stretes; blodie stremes.

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

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