Middle English Dictionary Entry

houe n.(2)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

A mattock, pickax; also fig.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1425 Leg.Cross BC(2) (Pep 2125)28 : At þe laste, whenne he [Adam] was gretly y-trauayled of deluynge and of rotynge wiþ his howe, he lenyd down vpon his howe [F howe; L bipennem] to reste hym.
  • Note: Modify gloss? For some reason, MED has been willing to call a 'houe' a 'pickax' or a 'mattock' -- but not a 'hoe.' OED and AND (s.v. houe n.(1)) have had no such qualms.