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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 13, 2008

Avouter (n.) - adulterer.

For in this world nys dogge for the bowe
That kan an hurt deer from an hool yknowe
Bet than this somnour knew a sly lecchour,
Or an avowtier, or a paramour.
And for that was the fruyt of al his rente,
Therfore on it he sette al his entente.

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

Pronunciation: /AvutEr/

/A/ a in father
/v/ v in very
/u/ oo in boot
/t/ t in tie
/E/ e in met
/r/ r in red

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website

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
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

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