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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 5, 2008

Housele (n./v.) - The Eucharist. Also, to administer the sacrament.

Do calle me a confessour with Criste in his armes;
I wille be howselde in haste, whate happe so betyddys.

- Morte Arthure, MS. Lincoln

Pronunciation: /husEl@/

/h/ h in hat, ahead
/u/ oo in boot
/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/@/ a in sofa

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

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