orgeis (1357)

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orgeis (1357)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  orgays n.; MED:  orgais n.; DMLBS: ]
orgeys,  orgois  
ls(loanword: M.E. (?))

The etymology of the word is unknown, and although it is only listed in the English dictionaries, both the MED and the OED assume a French origin of the word (presumably because of the anteriority of the attestations). The OED links this word with ‘organ ling’, which it sees as sixteenth-century alteration of the word orgays (see organ n.3).


1ich.zool.unidentified type of large fish, possibly a variety of ling
( 1357 )  eient les mestres et mariners touz les orgois  i 356
( 1432 )  In .ccmi. .iiii. pissibus salsis vocatis orgeys emptis  orgays n. (etym.)
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