orepece (1381)

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orepece (1381)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  oar n.; MED:  or(e n.1; DMLBS: ]

Even though most probably a Middle English loanword, the compound oar-piece does not seem to be attested in the English dictionaries.

An alternative interpretation of this single citation would be that the word has no relation to the naval context, but that John of Gaunt simply orders to grant thirty-six 'pieces of gold' to the two citizens of Norwich in addition to the ‘two masts’ (cf. the locution piece d’or sub or1). However, a more precise (historical) context is lacking.


1ship.implementoarlock, rowlock (forked structure that supports the oar for rowing) (?)
( 1381 )  deux mastes pur crayers, et trente et sys orepeces  i 147
ore#3  orelok 
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