(purkernel) (1339)

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(purkernel) (1339)

[ hap]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  purkernal; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The word, appearing in a list of provisions to the town of Southampton for its defence, is translated in PROME as ‘pike’. The word is otherwise unattested and its etymology remains undetermined. It seems possible to interpret the passage as targes pur kernels, that is, ‘shields for the battlements’.


1weaponsmil.pike (?)
( 1339 )  launces, payneys, blasouns, targes, pur kernels [...] soient liverez au dit gardeyn  ii 108
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