fresaie (s.xii1)

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fresaie (s.xii1)

[ FEW: 9,305a praesagus; Gdf: 4,140b fresaie; GdfC: ; TL: 3,2246 fresaie; DEAF: ; DMF:  fresaie; TLF:  fresaie; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]
freseie,  fresey,  freseye,  freyseye;  fresoie,  fresoye  

Fresaie (mod. Fr. chouette effraie) is, in modern ornithological taxonomy, the Tyto alba (barn owl). Anglo-Norman is however anything but consistent in its designations of birds and there is considerable confusion surrounding especially owls (cf. also corf1). For further discussion, see David Trotter, 'Tote manere d’oiseaus: les noms d’oiseaux en anglo-normand', Cahiers de lexicologie 103, 125-143 (pp. 138-139).


1orn.zool.screech-owl, barn-owl, wood-owl
( s.xii1; MS: c.1145 )  Semblanz faiz sui al pelican de soltiveted; faiz sui sicume fresaie en maisuncele(Latin: sicut nycticorax in domicilio)  102.101.7
( 1121-35; MS: s.xii3/3 )  Nicticorax [...] Oisels est nocturnals E cante cuntre mals; Fresaie le apelum En franceise raisun  2799
( 1150-70; MS: s.xii4/4 )  Dame, bien sai, Quant l’en ot fresaie chanter, Covient de mort home parler, Car sun chant signefie mort  872
( MS: c.1250 )  hic strix vel nicticorax: freseye  i 427.518
( s.xiiiex; MS: 1307-15 )  La tierce partie est de une manere de oiseus. Ceo est asaver de le pellican, del egle, de la fresoie, del moisson [...]  159.23
( MS: s.xiii/xiv ) nicticoracem: (D*) freyseye, corf de nut (var. (C: s.xiiiex) nit raven )  ii 141.71
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