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#98829 - 03/15/03 02:07 PM Saturday again
wwh Offline
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medlar - When I was a boy I was told that a pear tree belonging to neighbor was a medlar pear. They were small and hard, though fairly sweet. In colonial times pear trees were valued to make a beverage called "perry", but I've never heard of it being made at
all recently. I guess the improvement in apples made cider preferable. I had one ancestor
whose total inheritance was a barrel of cider, valuable enough to be mentioned in his
father's will..
But my dictionary makes no mention of medlar as a pear. I found a site about a fruit so
named, which I have never seen nor heard of before:

meek - "The meek shall inherit the earth" The etymology surprised me:
meek 7mck8
5ME meke (earlier meoc) < ON miukr, pliant, gentle < IE base *meug3, *meuk3, to slip, slippery, slimy > MUCK, L mucus, Gr myxa6
1 patient and mild; not inclined to anger or resentment
2 too submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless
3 [Obs.] gentle or kind

megrim - a word I have not seen nor heard for along time. The spelling bee gives only the third definition found in the dictionary
megrim 7mc4grim8
5LME migreime < OFr migraine: see MIGRAINE6
1 obs. var. of MIGRAINE
2 [Archaic] a whim, fancy, or fad
3 [pl.] [Rare] low spirits; the blues

melangeur - spelling bee list does not give accent aigu. on first "e". English equivalent would be "mixer".
5Fr < mFler, to mix: see MEDDLE6 a mixture or medley; hodgepodge

5MELAN3 + 3IN16 a brownish-black pigment found in skin, hair, and other animal or plant tissues

melanchroi - a coinage by an anthropoloogist
"the men whom I have termed Melanchroi, or dark whites."

melic 7mel4ik8
5L melicus < Gr melikos < melos, song, musical member, orig., limb < IE base *mel3, a limb > Cornish mel, a knuckle6
1 of song or poetry, esp. early Greek lyric poetry
2 meant to be sung; lyric

#98830 - 03/15/03 05:32 PM Re: medlar
Wordwind Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
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From Onelook:

Quick definitions (medlar)

noun: crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
noun: South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and sweet-acid pithy flesh
noun: small deciduous Eurasian tree cultivated for its fruit that resemble crab apples
noun: small deciduous tree of southern Africa having edible fruit

...no pear mentioned in the quick definitions


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