osterin (c.1160)

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osterin (c.1160)

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[ FEW: 7,443a ostrinus; Gdf: 5,656c osterin; GdfC: ; TL: 6,1385 osterin; DEAF:  osterin; DMF:  osterin 1; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2067c ostrinus ]
ostrin  

The Classical Latin etymon, ostrinus, is derived from Ancient Greek ὀστρ(ε)ινος. The word’s literal meaning is ‘living in a shell’, but was already in Greek used to refer to the purple dye substance obtained from the glandular secretion of sea-snails (and thus, in general, the colour ‘purple’).

a.

1colourpurple
( s.xii3/4; MS: s.xiv2 )  E bon cheval covert de draps osterin  1629
( c.1185; MS: s.xiiim )  De un mantel vermeil afublee De un mut bon tiret (=cloth from Tyre) osterin  7959

s.

1colourtextiletype of costly purple fabric from the Orient
( c.1160; MS: s.xiiim )  Li vaslez [...] N'unt pas vestu burels engleis, Meis [...] ciclatuns e osterins  1650
( c.1170; MS: s.xiiiex )  L'esclavine avrai [joe], e vus, cest mantel hermin, E pur [i]ces trebuz ces chauces d'osterin (var. E pur cest escreppe icés chauces ostrin (H)MS: s.xiiim)  3974
( s.xiii1/3; MS: s.xiiim )  Avint que marchanz d'altre terre, De Russie, [...] Asez i portent [...] Peivre e comin e osterins, Especes, encens alixandrins  9007
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