rachier (1171-74)

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rachier (1171-74)


[ FEW: 10,35a rakk-; Gdf: 9,238a crachier (raquer); GdfC: ; TL: 8,134 rachier 2; DEAF: ; DMF:  racher 1; TLF: ; OED:  reach v.2 / retch v.2; MED:  hraecen v.; DMLBS: ]

It is unclear whether the verb derives from a Gallo-Romance etymon (krakk-, cf. FEW) or a Germanic one (a-hræcen, cf. OED reach v.2 etymology, Third Edition, 2008). In the latter case, the semantic overlap and formal similarity with cracher would be coincidental, and Godefroy’s decision to treat raquer as a variant spelling of cracher would be erroneous.


1to spit upon
( 1171-74; MS: c.1200 )  Vilment l'unt escrié, batu e coleié, Enmi le vis li unt escopi e rachié  1938
2med.pathol.to spit, cough out
( MS: s.xiii2 )  qui [...] la boive, chelui qui rake sanc, si li proufite mout  147.XXI.6
cracher  rascacion 
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