Middle English Dictionary Entry

harwe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A harrow for cultivating land, a drag; gon at ~, to drive a harrow; (b) fig. the Old or New Testament; the power of Love (with pun on arwe); also, in proverb; (c) ~ tind (toth), a tooth of a harrow; ~ maker, a maker of harrows [see also hors ~, oxe ~, whel ~].
(a) A frame with pegs or spikes on which skins were stretched to dry, a parchment-maker's frame; (b) a sledge or sled, a wheelless vehicle; (c) ?some kind of hurdle or wickerwork frame.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Trin-C O.9.39 Recipes (Trin-C O.9.39) 42/18,20 : Sette þy skyn vpon a harrowe made for þe same þyngys in manere of a synoper tente, and takke hit wel on þat harowe and faste with a gode stronge pak þred.
  • Note: Antedates sense 2.(a).