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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 11, 2008

Grafen (v.) - to bury, buried, to dig (also as "graven").

Alas! how stand I on my feete
when I thynk on his woundys wete!
Ihesus, that was on luf so swete,
And neuer dyd yll,
Is dede and grafen vnder the grete,
withoutten skyll.

- Anonymous: The Towneley plays (1460)

Pronunciation: /grAfEn/

/g/ g in go
/r/ r in red
/A/ a in father
/f/ f in fifty
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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