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

Donken (v.) - to moisten.

Quen Zeferus syflez hymself on sedez and erbez,
Wela wynne is the wort that waxes theroute,
When the donkande dewe dropez of the leuez,
To bide a blysful blusch of the bryght sunne.

- Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /dOnkEn/

/d/ d in dog
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no
/k/ k in kin
/E/ e in met

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