pontic (c.1300)

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pontic (c.1300)

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[ FEW: *9,584b punctio; Gdf: 6,276b pontique; GdfC: ; TL: 7,1409 pontique; DEAF:  pontique; DMF:  ponctique; TLF: ; OED:  Pontic a.1 and n.1; MED:  pontik(e a.; DMLBS: 2345a ponticus ]

The DMF creates an unattested headword ponctique and suggests an etymology derived from punctio (‘sting’). However, the word and this interpretation are absent from the FEW. In contrast, the OED (Third Edition 2006) understands the word as a derivative of Greek Ποντικός (i.e. ‘relating to the Black Sea’) – a link confirmed by the DMLBS entry.


1tart, bitter, astringent
( c.1300; MS: s.xivin )  La diete est ke il eschue choses salees, acetouses, pontics e stiptics e grasse choses e agues  ii 163.111
( s.xiv1; MS: s.xivm )  Ces sont les choses que nuysent […] trop beyvere tote chose egre et pontike, eawe freyde  156vb
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