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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 12, 2008

Kliket (n.) - A fox. The following lines describe the properties of a good horse.

Heded of an ox,
Tayled as fox,
Comly as a kyng,
Nekkyd as a dukyng,
Mouthyd as a kliket,
Witted as a wodkok,
Wylled as a wedercoke.

- MS. Cott. Galba E. ix.

[Note: it is likely that Halliwell's dictionary is in error here, and that the meaning of "kliket" here is the same as that of "cliket" - the word of the day on November 13, 2007 - which is "latch". DM]

Pronunciation: /klIkEt/

Key
/k/ k in kin
/l/ l in lily
/I/ i in bit
/E/ e in met
/t/ t in tie

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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