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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 26, 2008

Cetewale (n.) - zedoary, a root resembling ginger.

Ther spryngen herbes grete and smale,
The lycorys and the cetewale,
And many a clowe-gylofre;
And notemuge to putte in ale

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

Pronunciation: /sEtEwAl@/

/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met
/t/ t in tie
/w/ w in we, away
/A/ a in father
/l/ l in lily
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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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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