Middle English Dictionary Entry

fēnix n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The Phoenix [see the Barth. quots.]; also a representation of it; (b) said of a woman of unique beauty; applied to the Virgin Mary; (c) said to be the name of a long-lived palm tree.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • 1652(?1471) Ripley Epis.Edw.IV in Ashmole TC (AshmTC)p.115 : The third daye againe to Life he shall uprise, And devour..Pekocks and Mavies, The Phenix, the Egle whyte..and the Red Dragon.
  • Note: New sense: alch.