ruskin (c.1325)

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ruskin (c.1325)

[gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  ruskin n.1 and a.; MED:  ruskin n.; DMLBS: ]
roskyn,  ruskyn  

The OED’s etymological note (Third Edition, 2011) suggest that the first half of the word is Anglo-Norman rus1 (‘red’), followed by either the English diminutive -kin or an agglutinated English skin n..

s.

1skinsruskin, red squirrel fur
( c.1325 )  Roskyn est d’esquirel en esté  ruskin n.1 and a. (etymology)
( MS: 1419 )  Et qe nul pelleter desormés, [...] ne face furrure de meyns qe de .l. peaux, issi qu'il soit de .vj. ties long, et ceo d'une manere de oevere et nemye medlee; c’est assavoir, grys oevere par soy; pur novelle pople par soy; polayne rouge par soy; roskyn par soy [...]  279
( 1423 )  Item, .iiij. furres de ruskyns, pris de toutz .vj. s. .viij. d.  iv 236
( 1429 )  .ij. mantels de ruskyn, valor [...]  108.594
rus#1  russaz  russel#2  russet  russi  russur 
This is an AND2 Phase 5 (R-S) entry. © 2018-21 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.
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