pilecte (s.xiiim)

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pilecte (s.xiiim)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *8,508b pilula; Gdf: 6,159b pilete 2; GdfC: ; TL: 7,941 pilete 3; DEAF:  pile 3 (pilete); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The word seems to be a rare diminutive form of pile1, equally uncommon in Continental French. As such it would be a vernacular reconstruction of the Latin diminutive pilula. Alternatively, the term could be interpreted as an unusual spelling variant of pelote (which is also used with the sense ‘(pharm.) pellet, medicinal ingredients compressed into a bolus or pill’).


1pharm.med.small pill, medicinal ingredients compressed into a small bolus or pellet
( s.xiiim; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  De teux i a que sovent sont serees, Perdent les flors, forment sont cler muees, Poisons, pilectes (l. pilettes?), icestes doivent prendre Od laituare, ce devez bien entendre  ii 80.135
pile#1  pillule 
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