Middle English Dictionary Entry

gobet n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A fragment; a bit of flesh, a splinter of bone, a broken lump of sugar, a piece cut or torn from a garment or a cloth; breken (hakken, smiten) to gobettes, heuen (kitten) in gobettes; (b) fig.
(a) A lump, a mass; (b) a morsel, a tidbit; also, a medicinal pellet, a poisonous pellet; ~ real, royal tidbit, a delicacy made of spices and sugar; (c) a small mass of flesh growing in a part of the body; a bunch or growth (?parasitic) on the stem of a plant.
A part, segment, section; a segment of bamboo between two nodes, one of the phalanges of a finger.
?As surname [but see go bet, gon v. 4a. (c)].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Trin-C O.9.39 Recipes (Trin-C O.9.39) 64/16,18 : Gobettes ryal. Forto make a whijt confectioun of pot sugar and of rede roses with oþere dyuerse spices þe whiche confectioun whanne hit is ymaad is clepid 'gobets rial'.
  • Note: Additional quote, sense 2.(b).

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. gobbet.