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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 20, 2008

Hente (v.) - To seize, hold, or take.

A knyfe in hir hande she hent ful smert,
And smote hir modur to the herte.

- MS. Cantab. Ff. v. 48

Pronunciation: /hEnt/

Key
/h/ h in hat, ahead
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no
/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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