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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 18, 2008

Lemen (v.) - to shine, to gleam, to light.

Deliuerly he dressed vp, er the day sprenged,
For there watz lyght of a laumpe that lemed in his chambre;
He called to his chamberlayn, that cofly hym swared,
And bede hym bryng hym his bruny and his blonk sadel;

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

Pronunciation: /lEmEn/

/l/ l in lily
/E/ e in met
/m/ m in make
/n/ n in no

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

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