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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 19, 2008

Stamel (n.) - A kind of fine worsted.

But long they had not danc'd, till this yong maid,
In a fresh stammell petticote aray'd,
With vellure sleves, and bodies tied with points,
Began to feele a loosenesse in her joynts.

- Times Curtaine Drawne, 1621, sig. D. iv.

Pronunciation: /stAmEl/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/A/ a in father
/m/ m in make
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily

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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