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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 17, 2008

Dilatacioun (n.) - extension, diffuseness.

For in this wo I may nat longe endure.
What nedeth gretter dilatacioun?
I seye, by tretys and embassadrie,
And by the popes mediacioun,

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /dilAtAsiOn/

/d/ d in dog
/i/ i in machine
/l/ l in lily
/A/ a in father
/t/ t in tie
/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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