popel2 (s.xivin)

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popel2 (s.xivin)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  popel; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  pople n.; MED:  popel n.1; DMLBS: 2346c popellus 2 ]
popell,  popelle,  popill,  pople,  populle  

The OED etymology (Third Edition, 2006) suggests that the word is related to purpre because of the dark red colour of the squirrel fur.

s.

1skinsfur of the red squirrel
( MS: 1419 )  furrure [...] nemye medlee; cest assavoir [...] pur novelle pople par soy  279
popel strendlinge, strendlinge popel
1skinsfur of the red squirrel
( s.xivin; MS: s.xiv1/3 )  De chescun millier de popel strendlinges e de rotes xij d.  190
( 1352 )  qe nulle [...] soit si hardi d'estre vestu [...] en nulle manere de vesture furree de pellure come de meneveyr, gris, purree de stranlyng popelle des quirels (l. d’esquirels?), bys des conyns [et] des levres [...]  339
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.
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