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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 23, 2008

Pelure (n.) - fur work (from late Lat. pellatura, from Lat. pellem, skin).

Lordes or ladies or any lif ellis --
As persons in pelure with pendaunts of silver;
To sergeaunts ne to swiche seide noght ones,
'God loke yow, lordes!' -- ne loutede faire,
That folk helden me a fool; and in that folie I raved

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /pElur@/

Key
/p/ p in pepper
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/u/ oo in boot
/r/ r in red
/@/ a in sofa

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
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

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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