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Middle-English Word of the Day - 9/3/07

Rampen (v.) - to ramp, to seize or scratch with the paws, to rage; to attack in the manner of a rampant animal.

He hath upon his heved on heyhte
Tuo large hornes set of bras,
As he which al a flatour was,
And goth rampende as a leoun
And caste hise hornes up and doun,
And bad men ben of good espeir,
For as the hornes percen their,
He seith, withoute resistence,

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

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Greg Lindahl'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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