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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 28, 2008

Dalk (n.) - A dimple in the flesh, a hollow, a place where a bit has been cut out of any stuff.

Al erthe may wele likned be
To a rounde appul on a tre,
That even amydde hath a colke;
And so hit may to an egges yolke,
For as a dalk is amydward
The yolke of the egge when hit is hard,
So is hele put, as clerkus telles,
Amydde the erthe, and nowher elles.

- MS. Ashmole 41 (14th c.)

Pronunciation: /dAlk/

Key
/d/ d in dog
/A/ a in father
/l/ l in lily
/k/ k in kin

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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