Middle English Dictionary Entry
|Forms||abacus n. Also abagus.|
|Etymology||L, from Gr.|
Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)
- (a1387) Trev.Higd.(StJ-C H.1)7.69 : Girebertus..was þe firste þat took Agabus [!] of Sarsyns, and ʒaf rules þerynne..Abacus is a table wiþ þe whiche schappes beþ portrayed and i-peynt in powdre, and abacus is a craft of geometrie.
- (a1387) Trev.Higd.(StJ-C H.1)7.71 : He made and ʒaf a rule of abacus.