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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 1, 2008

Maselin (n.) - a kind of drinking-cup, sometimes made of maslin (a mixture of metals resembling brass).

They fette hym first the sweet wyn,
And mede eek in a mazelyn,
And roial spicerye
Of gyngebreed that was ful fyn,
And lycorys, and eek comyn,
With sugre that is trye.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /mAzElin/

/m/ m in make
/A/ a in father
/z/ z in zone
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine
/n/ n in no

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

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
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