[nuritrice] (s.xiv)

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[nuritrice] (s.xiv)

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[ FEW: *7,247a nutricia; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The word, with the headword reconstructed from a rather remote form, is unique to this Anglo-Norman citation. It appears to be a feminine substantive, constructed by taking the masculine nuriseur and replacing the ending with the feminine suffix ‘-trice’. As such it is both unetymological (Latin does not have a word like *nuritrix) and superfluous (the feminine substantive is nurice).

An alternative solution would be the (rather drastic) emendation, either to nor(at)riz and simply to consider the word as a variant of nurice, or to no(ra)triz and to see it as a form (otherwise unattested in Anglo-Norman but found in Continental French as nutrice (Gdf 5,548a and FEW 7,248a)) derived from Latin nutrix (DMLBS 1958b).


1femaleculin.one who feeds, provides food
( MS: s.xiv )  Jo te cunjur, mere mariz, de cent cinquant noratriz, de seinte Marie genitriz  89.36
nureture  nurice  nuriçun  nuriçune  nurisable  nurisance  nuriseur  nurissement  nurrir#1  nutritif 
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