polein1 (1325)

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polein1 (1325)

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[ FEW: ; Gdf: 6,347a poulain 2; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF:  poulain 3; TLF: ; OED:  poleyn n.1; MED:  polein n.3; DMLBS: ]

The etymology of the word remains unknown. OED and MED tenatitively suggest a possible connection with poleine1, associating the piece of armour with a pointed shoe (although that sense is not attested until the end of the fourteenth century) an raise the possibility of a link with Poland.


1armourmil.knee-piece, piece of armour protecting the knee and fastened to the thigh-piece
( 1325 )  un autre peire de quisseux e poleyns e esquinebaus  15
( s.xiv2; MS: s.xiv2 )  Genul ad mal de poleyn: liez ad genul fleur de forement boili en leit, si est gari  ii 247.102
( 1398-99 )  (schedules of forfeited armour:) Item, .j. pair' poleins de latoun [...] Item, .ij. quysshewes ou poleins de latoun  E163/6/13 m.2r
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