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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 14, 2008

Gowces (n.) - The pieces of armour which protect the arm-pit when the arm is raised.

Um-begrippys a spere, and to a gome rynnys, That bare of gowles fulle gaye with gowces of sylvere.

- Morte Arthure, MS. Lincoln

Pronunciation: /goUsEs/

/g/ g in go
/oU/ o in note
/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met

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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