purçant (1272-82)

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purçant (1272-82)

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porçant,  porcint,  procint,  purcint,  pursain  

For reasons that remain unclear, the Anglo-Norman falconry texts have a manuscript tradition of referring to the preen gland using variants of the term purçant. It is believed that the forms may be derived from a misreading of puroint; in which case, the ‘c’ would be unetymological. Tilander (Romania 56, 267-75) notes the substitution, but offers no explanation for it.


1orn.anat.zool.preen gland which secretes oil used for preening
( MS: 1272-82 )  le purcint de long le crupoun, ceo est une veruete ke est desuz la cowe  130.24
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