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hight (hyte) adjective

Archaic. Named or called.

[Middle English, past participle of highten, hihten, to call, be called, from hehte, hight, past tense of hoten, from Old English hatan.]

"It was a Moorish maiden was sitting by a well, And what that maiden thought of, I cannot, cannot tell, When by there rode a valiant knight, from the town of Oviedo-- Alphonso Guzman was he hight, the Count of Desparedo." William Edmonstoune Aytoun, The Broken Pitcher, The World's Best Poetry on CD, 20 Mar 1995.

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