peste (s.xiiiex)

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peste (s.xiiiex)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 8,310b pestis; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,327c peste; TL: ; DEAF:  peste; DMF:  peste; TLF:  peste; OED:  pest n.; MED: ; DMLBS: 2254a pestis ]

Further vernacular glosses in this manuscript of John of Garland’s Morale Scolarium are all in Anglo-Norman, suggesting that also this word needs to be interpreted as Anglo-Norman and not English (or even Latin). It is to be noted that this unique late thirteenth-century usage is dated well before the earliest English and Continental French attestations given by the OED and TLF (i.e. second half of the fifteenth century) – perhaps surprisingly, considering the existence of the Classical Latin etymon pestis, which seems to have been common in medieval Latin as well.

s., plague, fatal epidemic disease
( MS: s.xiiiex )  Que vivit bello, vi, raptu strage (gloss: peste) flagello  i 150
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