naisel (s.xiii1)

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naisel (s.xiii1)

[ hap]

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This word is unattested elsewhere. It may be that it represents a deviant form of nacle, a known variant of Afr. nastre [GdfC 10,189b], ‘mother-of-pearl’. It is also possible that the term is related to nestre. It does not seem be a misreading for uaisel – no such diminutive of oistre is known.


1lapid.young pearl
( MS: s.xiii1 )  E ceste pur la rosee En la gravele gist baee: De la rosee ki descent Prent li naisel concevement  194.1192
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