orsaudy (1370)

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orsaudy (1370)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  orsandy; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  orsedue n.; MED:  assadi(n n.; DMLBS: ]
M.E. (?)

The etymology of this word, unattested in Continental French or Latin, is unknown. The OED suggests that the association of the first element with or1 may be merely the product of a folk-etymology – a hypothesis supported by the very different English forms (assadi, assadin, arsadine and arsedine).


1metaldecor.orsedue, alloy of copper and zinc used in imitation of gold leaf
( 1370 )  [...] Qe nul ne prente creese d'orsaudé, ne seient feruz pur chapeux ne pur tressours  134
( 1377-78 )  Item, pur foyl et orsandy (l. orsaudy) - .xxj. s.  178
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