schelbeme (1347-50)

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schelbeme (1347-50)


[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  sheltbeam n.; MED:  shelt-bem n.; DMLBS: ]

OED (etymology not yet updated since First Edition, 1913) considers sheltbeam a partial translation of Middle High German schaltbaum, equivalent to schaltre. However, MED suggests an alternative link to shel(le n., sense 6 ‘board or plank’, interpreting the word as a tautological compound for ‘some sort of a beam’.


1 ship. sheltbeam, pole used as oar or rudder (?); or: beam used in shipbuilding
( 1347-50 )  En .xiiij. schelbemes as ditz deux escomers [...]  i 88
bem  schaltre 
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